Blackmagic eGPU Pro sounds spooky, makes Mac graphics faster
The Blackmagic eGPU Pro is designed to accelerate the graphics of any Thunderbolt 3-toting MacBook with the help of AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics.
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Mac graphics accelerator, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro, will feature an
Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor.
The unit is designed for Macs with a Thunderbolt 3 port -- such the new Apple MacBook Air -- and Blackmagic says it has 22 times the graphics performance of a 13-inch
The tall desktop device was designed in collaboration with Apple and is extruded from a single piece of aluminum, Blackmagic says. It features a "unique thermal cooling system that's been designed to perfectly balance the airflow and dissipate heat more efficiently," or what otherwise looks like a small chimney.
The eGPU Pro is designed to accelerate professional creative software such as DaVinci Resolve, as well as 3D games and VR.
The Blackmagic eGPU Pro features:
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 GPU
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
DisplayPort with support for 5K displays
HDMI 2.0 port
85W of charging power
Four USB 3.1 connections
The Blackmagic eGPU Pro will be available in November for $1,199 from apple.com. UK and Australian availability are yet to be confirmed, but that price converts to about £940 or AU$1,700.