M1 MacBook Pro versus Intel MacBook Pro with eGPU
November 23rd, 2020 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist
By adding an eGPU to the the Intel MacBook Pro 13-inch, how much faster is it compared to the Apple M1 MacBook Pro?
Intel with eGPU = Mid 2020 MacBook Pro 13-inch, Intel Core i7-1068NG7 2.3GHz Quad-Core processor, RX 5700 XT GPU in eGPU box, MacOS Catalina
M1 MacBook Pro = 2020 Apple M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch, 8-Core CPU, 8-core GPU, MacOS Big Sur
Intel MacBook Pro = Mid 2020 MacBook Pro 13-inch, Intel Core i7-1068NG7 2.3GHz Quad-Core processor, Iris Plus integrated Graphics, MacOS Catalina
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Lightroom Classic (Intel, Rosetta)
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WHAT DID WE LEARN?
With one exception, the 2020 13-inch Intel MacBook Pro with eGPU is faster than the 2020 M1 MacBook Pro.
BTW, the cost of the AKiTiO Node Titan Thunderbolt 3 eGPU was $329.75. And the cost of the AMD RX 5700 XT was $400. Currently, is $400-750, depending on the model you choose.
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