Blackmagic eGPU Pro Vega Revealed

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

System Requirements
Operating System: macOS 10.14 Mojave or later

Available to order now in the Apple Store app and online.

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