Young filmmaker looking to gain experience!
Not sure if you saw the same video I did.
CPU Benchmarks are at 4:26
I can speak from personal experience that my Mac mini has performed better any iMac or MBP that I have cut on (excluding the iMac Pro obviously). It also handles recode and ProRes better than the 2013 Mac Pro that I have cut on previously. I can't speak to the specifics of the throttling of the eGPU. But I know that my low end RX 570 handles grain emulation in Resolve like a champ, and I have also color corrected and stabilized clips in addition to adding grain on 4K Raw footage from my URSA Mini, and was able to play back the footage in resolve in realtime without dropping the playback resolution or generating optimized media.
As far as considering it as a pro machine, It works very well for my 4K+ workflows. And the only cameras I shoot with nowadays are Arri, RED, and Blackmagic. So at the very least this machine gets hit with 4K ProRes XQ, or 4K/5K/6K/8K RAW, and it handles all of it well in my opinion. I'm never waiting for long periods of time for my exports, even with a timeline loaded down with effects.
I wouldn't consider this a high end editing machine, but I certainly wouldn't label it as a low end machine. Perhaps to someone who works mostly as a post production specialist. But even with a low end graphics card, I still have more than enough processing power for my 4K+ workflows. So this system works for me, very well. It is not THE best machine to cut on, it is not THE best Mac to cut on, it is not THE cheapest computer to cut on. However I think it's the Mac with the most bang for your buck (especially if you opt for a better graphics card like the Vega 64. This option works well for me as it will for plenty of other people out there who have similar needs. Sure a MBP would be less awkward to move around, but this machine has a lot more IO and expandability than a MBP.
I own the 2018 Mac mini and I can stand behind this article. You’re effectively getting an iMac Pro for less than half of the price (check out 9 to 5 Mac’s benchmark tests on YouTube) even when you include a monitor and eGPU. Definitely the best Mac for the money. I get amazing performance in both Premiere and Resolve. I’ve exported 4K ProRes HQ sequences with color correction, stabilization, and film grain in Resolve at close to real-time.
Sure there are Hackintosh options that are cheaper with better specs. But Hackintosh builds aren’t practical for a lot of people in the industry. This is a great machine for people looking to upgrade to a high performing Mac desktop for a relatively small investment.
Here are my specs:
2018 Mac Mini
6 Core 8th gen i7 3.2ghz
16 GB 2666mhz DDR4 RAM
Razer Core X Thunderbolt 3 eGPU
AMD Radeon RX570 4GB
I was able shoot with a prototype, and what a great camera! Can wait to order mine.
I have two BMPCC's from when they were on sale during the summer. Yes the battery sucks, yes the crop factor is awful, but you can't argue with the picture. If you are going for the more filmic look, then this is your camera. If you are doing more documentary style shooting want more from rate options and a better battery life, I'd say go with the GH4.