While I share your hope, I'm not holding my breath when it comes to 3D Gaming acceleration. I think that Apple will absolutely match the best Nvidia has to offer when it comes to video decoding, transcoding and other multimedia use. They might even come very close for content creators, CAD and rendering for workstations.For me it’s all gonna come down to the GPU. An i3 CPU is good enough for anybody except scientists these days. Can it beat a 2080TI with better thermals?
Absolutely, but it's going to take time to develop the technology to match what Nvidia has, I'd guess in 3 to 5 years they will be maturing.That’s true my if only SOC. For a Mac Pro and maybe iMac Pro I could see full on Apple GPU boards
Well, what you need is always pretty vague, but your meaning is valid. I think there's already been conversations about how processor speed has finally reached it's usable limit. In other words, even the base model Mini has plenty of processing power to assure most computer needs aren't noticeably limited. I still see plenty of value to step up to the 6 core i5, for the modest price, but how many people will even take advantage of more than that? I'm going to get the final upgrade Mini for work, which will be the main one I use, and I was going to go for the i7, but I realize that wouldn't have any real world benefit over the i5. If you don't do CAD or process video, I see no benefit to the i7 over the i5. I process video at home, but not at work. So, I realize I can save, what... $300(?) and just go with a "standard" model Mini with i5 instead of special ordering an i7 directly from Apple.It really is. You may WANT more power but the vast majority of people don't NEED more than an i3 and couldn't tell when they were using a lesser processor.