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  05 May 2018
EGPU for MacBook Pro feasible?

I start college classes for Computer Animation soon. I am doing my classes online because I can not move to Florida right now. The school will be sending me a 2017 MacBook Pro to work on.

2.8ghz Quadcore i7 turns boost to 3.8ghz
16gb 2133mhz LPDDR3 memory
256gb SSD
Radeon Pro 555 with 2gb memory
4 thunderbolt 3 ports

I know this MacBook will not cut it in the long run. Especially when it comes to rendering. Is it feasible for me to get an external graphics card for rendering? I was reading about Radeon Pro Render. I receive an extra $1,000 to spend on school supplies. I can just use that to buy a good external graphics card setup.†

I will also be in Thailand for a year starting next March. I can continue my classes online from there. Building a big desktop to render on might not be feasible if I canít bring it on the plane with me. I was also thinking maybe I should wait and buy pieces to build a mini desktop over the next 4 to 5 months. The first 3 months are just basic classes and my 4th should be a Art Foundations class and the 5th should be 3d Foundations. I should be fine getting by with the MBP for the first 6 to 7 months I think.†

I know software we will go over will include Maya, Zbrush, and Houdini. I also would like to learn how to use Mari even if I have to go outside of school to learn. I can either buy external graphics card like a Vega 64 or 1080ti early and figure out how to use it for rending with Radeon Pro Render or.... I can just wait 4 to 5 months using the MBP and have around $2,500 to build a mini pc that I can travel with. I have been looking at threadripper builds on YouTube. I would really appreaciate any and all advice.
 
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