Blackmagic Design Unveils its First eGPU, Co-Designed by Apple

Blackmagic today announced the release of their new eGPU. It includes an integrated(!) 8GB Radeon Pro 580, along with connections for Thunderbolt and HDMI displays.
The Blackmagic eGPU sports two Thunderbolt 3, one HDMI 2.0, and four USB 3.1 ports.

The device is non-upgradeable, with the GPU being integrated into the enclosure, and not following the norm of offering one or more PCIe slots. Either Thunderbolt port will provide 85W of power to a MacBook Pro for charging as well as data transfer.

Apple and Blackmagic Design worked together to develop a different approach to eGPU enclosures, and claim that going the integrated route “provides easier setup for users who don’t want to mess with installing their own cards and that it has a smaller footprint and runs quieter than many other enclosures.”

Blackmagic talks more about the device:

The Blackmagic eGPU is a high performance graphics accelerator for professional software such as DaVinci Resolve, 3D games and VR. Featuring an integrated design that’s optimized for performance and quiet operation! Now you can accelerate your DaVinci Resolve workflow and make 3D games and VR look more realistic than ever. The Blackmagic eGPU brings high-end desktop graphics processing to your laptop!

Extruded from a single piece of aluminum, the Blackmagic eGPU features a machine anodized finish and a unique thermal grill that’s designed for balanced airflow, convection cooling and efficient heat dissipation. This allows the variable speed fan to run more slowly, resulting in super quiet operation as low as 18dB. The Blackmagic eGPU also features a soft glowing LED that casts a pool of light through the base to let you know it’s powered on and ready for action.

The Blackmagic eGPU features a Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor that delivers stunning graphics and incredible computational performance. You get 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, 256-bit memory bandwidth and 36 discreet compute units for up to 5.5 teraflops of processing power. The Radeon Pro 580 can fill a massive 38.4 billion textured pixels per second! Plus, you get support for Metal graphics technology from Apple, which provides near-direct access to the GPU for maximizing graphics and compute performance with games and applications!

Available for sale now from the Apple Store worldwide, check your local listings for show times and get your eGPU on!

Additional links:

Blackmagic eGPU – Graphics Superpower for MacBooks via Thunderbolt 3 – Cinema5D

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