Mac Users Get a Boost of Speed with New Blackmagic eGPU
Get up to 8-times faster graphics performance on MacBook Pros with the new eGPU from Blackmagic Design.
Apple has been struggling to meet the demands on 3D artists and post-production professionals for quite a few years now. As you’ve increasingly heard the debate on this site on the benefits of switching to PC, the truth is many motion designers (especially freelancers) are still using Macs.
Now that debate will continue, but there is some good news for Mac users with the announcement of a new external GPU. Apple teamed up with Blackmagic Design (makers of Fusion, Resolve, URSA Mini, and countless other video production tools) to create an eGPU for increased processing speeds.
The new eGPU is available now for $699 exclusively through Apple.
- GPU – Radeon Pro 580
- 8GB Memory
- Compatible with OS X 10.13.5+
- 2x Thunderbolt 3
- 4x USB 3.1
- 1x HDMI 2.0
Now given that this is an official Apple release, there are caveats, the big one being no support of NVIDIA GPUs. This is an all-in-one eGPU, so you can’t swap out the cards, and it’ll be tougher to upgrade going forward.
That said, this is a significant boost of much-needed speed for Mac users. Apple claims 2.8x faster graphics performance on the 15-inch MacBook Pro and up to 8x faster on the 13-inch.