Apple lifted the curtain on the new eGPU Pro from Blackmagic Design without any fanfare; the event today was already packed with other new first-party products.
My quick take on today’s Mac Mini update? Upgrade the i7 Mini and grab a Blackmagic eGPU or two, and get to work! It will be interesting to see how much difference the high-bandwidth RAM in the 8GB Radeon Vega 56 in the eGPU Pro makes versus the 8GB Radeon Pro 580 in the base model eGPU. Boost the Mini’s RAM to 64GB afterwards, since Apple still charges quite a premium for their memory.
From the store page:
Blackmagic Design introduces the new Blackmagic eGPU Pro featuring a Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor with 8GB of HBM2 memory. You’ll be able to run incredibly graphics-intensive workloads that were previously possible only on iMac Pro. Housed in an all-in-one aluminium enclosure similar to that of the Blackmagic eGPU, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro has a DisplayPort connector so customers can connect a DisplayPort display for their workstation setup.
The eGPU has 8GB of HBM2 memory, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port and a DisplayPort 1.4 port, allowing for 85W of power to charge your MacBook Pro at the same time.
The new Blackmagic eGPU Pro allows accelerated graphics-intensive pro app workflows and super-smooth gaming, enables VR experiences or content creation, and supports multiple accessories for the ultimate workstation setup.
With macOS Mojave, you can now use an eGPU to accelerate compatible apps on the built-in display of any Thunderbolt 3–enabled Mac.
Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor with 8GB of HBM2 memory
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports (USB-C)
Four USB 3 ports
HDMI 2.0 port
DisplayPort 1.4 port
85W power delivery
Operating System: macOS 10.14 Mojave or later
Available to order now in the Apple Store app and online.