The new Blackmagic eGPU Pro adds a Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor to any Mac with a Thunderbolt 3 port. It just debuted on the Apple Store, who promises it gives “workstation-class graphics performance.”
But you might want to be sitting down when you hear the price.
Support for external GPUs debuted in macOS 10.13.4, and of course it’s part of macOS Mojave. This feature allows anyone that needs additional graphics performance to connect to an external graphics processor.
Don’t be confused; there are eGPUs made by other companies than Blackmagic. There’s the Razer Core X, for example.
Enter the Blackmagic eGPU Pro
“You’ll be able to run incredibly graphics-intensive workloads that were previously possible only on iMac Pro,” says the Apple Store product page. “The new Blackmagic eGPU Pro allows accelerated graphics-intensive pro app workflows and supersmooth gaming, enables VR experiences or content creation, and supports multiple accessories for the ultimate workstation setup.”
In addition to its Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor, there’s 8GB of HBM2 memory. The price tag is $1,199.
For comparison, Blackmagic also offers another eGPU with a Radeon Pro 580 graphics card and 8GB of DDR5 RAM. The price for this version is $699. The aforementioned Razer Core X is $299.99.
More eGPU Pro specs
For connecting an external monitor, this accessory includes a DisplayPort 1.4 connector, as well as an HDMI 2.0 port.
Some MacBooks don’t have many ports, so this accessory also functions as a hub. There are two Thunderbolt 3 ports plus four USB 3 Type-A ports.
The Blackmagic eGPU Pro just launched exclusively at the Apple Store. This company’s cheaper eGPU model is still available. It’s another product you won’t find anywhere else.