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    Update on my Mac M1 Mini. So far it has been great work horse. One odd odd issue the screen will randomly go black for a few seconds around 5 times a day. I've read some say this is a Big Sur issue... I'm using usb c to hdmi cable to a 4k monitor.


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    Peter, quick flashes of black intermittently, or longer black outs?

    How long is your cable? Who makes the adapter? Certain adapters and/or longer cables can cause issues. Hopefully just a driver/OS issue. Sorry to hear.


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    Quote Originally Posted by filmguy123 View Post
    Peter, quick flashes of black intermittently, or longer black outs?

    How long is your cable? Who makes the adapter? Certain adapters and/or longer cables can cause issues. Hopefully just a driver/OS issue. Sorry to hear.
    Video interface is known issue with M1/Big Sur. Before buying my BenQ monitor I did a lot research to find the right cable to support 4k. It's highly rated https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...o_4k_hdmi.html
    The effect is like change the input on your tv, it momentarily loses signal for 2 seconds and comes back on. Its minor inconvenience but I could use the computer to record or stream anything critical.


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    M1 Mac users report excessive SSD usage, potentially affecting the component’s lifespan (9to5 Mac). I would wait to see them iron this out before I bought one. Or have any of you witnessed this yourselves?


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    I don't know how to view the drives cycles. I think it be hard to wear out a ssd before I upgrade in the next 5 years.


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    I have been through 3 different USB-C to HDMI adapters and finally got one that doesn't have any issues. While this could partially be a Big Sur bug I think some adapters are impacted by the bug worse than others.

    Luckily I mainly use my MBA away from my desk so I don't use an external monitor all that much.


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    Quote Originally Posted by combatentropy View Post
    M1 Mac users report excessive SSD usage, potentially affecting the component’s lifespan (9to5 Mac). I would wait to see them iron this out before I bought one. Or have any of you witnessed this yourselves?
    If you read the comments the testing for this may have been flawed and there may not be a problem at all. Just an overexciting testing tool that is not translating the results correctly.

    Apple has a very long history of using flash storage and they can't possibly screw up this badly. When it comes to writing files to a drive it either has a file to write or it doesn't. A system can't just suddenly decide to write random BS to a drive thousands of times just for the heck of it.

    I think we should let the details get worked out before people jump to conclusions. If it a flawed design I'm sure Apple will replace the machines affected by this. Thats part of the advantage of buying Apple. When they do have a design flaw they tend to take care of it down the road. Apple replaced the entire logic board on my 2011 17" MBP twice.


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    I’ve also had the aforementioned issue on a windows PC and it turned out to be the cable in my case.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Smet View Post
    I have been through 3 different USB-C to HDMI adapters and finally got one that doesn't have any issues. While this could partially be a Big Sur bug I think some adapters are impacted by the bug worse than others.
    I discovered that was the problem. Despite the good reviews of ioGear usb-c to HDMI cable was causing the intermittent black screens. When I switched to a HDMI to HDMI cable I no longer had a problem. There are less resolution settings available but that's a better trade off to random black screens.


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    Been using the M1 Macbook Pro (8 GB RAM) with Davinci Resolve 17.1 beta for about 2 months now. I had to replace my iMac 2012's Fusion drive which dies every 4 years and didn't want to replace it anymore.

    Performance is way better than my iMac 2012 (32 GB RAM, 2 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX). Couldn't be any happier with the performance. If this is any indicator of future performance, I will eventually get the M1 version of the iMac when it comes out .
    M1 Macbook Pro works great with the LG Ultrafine 5K display.

    The biggest issue is SUPPORT for your software.

    - Had to work without FilmConvert Nitrate since they didn't have support for M1 at the time but now they do. Red Giant plugins still don't work on the M1.
    - SoftRAID support is broken on the Big Sur 11.2 update. Doesn't mount any SoftRAID volumes. This is pretty much a big deal since I rely on SoftRAID. The support is not 100% even before 11.2 update.


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