OK, I clicked the buttons and made what I think are all my final purchases for my Mac Mini, other than external storage.
But first: I bought an Asus VG289Q Monitor at Best Buy earlier this week. Got it home and the screen wouldn’t stay on?
At first I thought the wimpy Mac Mini maybe couldn’t drive it through HDMI and I needed a USB-C to DisplayPort adapter, but those adapters don’t really exist. I looked around and the various HDMI cables now do have different “ratings” on them. I bought a short gold plated HDMI cable and yes! – the monitor works fine.
I looked back and forth at various eGPU options. I decided the Razer Core X Chroma was the best enclosure for me. I plan on using it for both Windows and Mac over time, and as an external enclosure it’s even possible to upgrade the video card.
I did read through the Bootcamp for eGPUs but I don’t think I will attempt Bootcamp. Who knows how much longer it will be around / keep working as Apple transitions to ARM.
Looking at the EGPU.io builds filter with a Mac Mini and the Razer Core X Chroma selected helped me pick the graphics card to buy. There were only 2 Mac Mini builds listed, both using an AMD RX 5700 XT. I debated about getting a cheaper card, but I’d rather finish off my purchases now.
Then I was back in graphic card comparison hell, because the AMD RX 5700 XT is just a chipset (I guess???) and many different manufacturers put together the final cards.
I ended up with PowerColor Red Devil AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB AXRX 5700XT 8GBD6-3DHE/OC, for $611CAD. No, I don’t even totally understand what that means.
Hopeful that this Kingsdun Torx Screwdriver Set has what I need.
And ended up with a Vitade 1080p webcam with ring light as well.
I did experiment with Camo by Reincubate to use my iPhone as a webcam. I have an iPhone / iPad stand clamped to my desk, and it does work – and with very good quality! But it’s not like I can keep my iPhone clamped in there all the time.