Blackmagic discontinues eGPU Pro with Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics


Blackmagic eGPU Pro for Mac
The more affordable eGPU is still available ... for now.
Photo: Blackmagic/Cult of Mac

Blackmagic today confirmed to Cult of Mac that its eGPU Pro has been discontinued after AMD dropped its Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics chip.

The eGPU Pro was previously available to purchase from Apple before it was removed from the company’s store last week. You can still buy the more affordable Blackmagic eGPU, but it’s out of stock at the moment.

The eGPU Pro, which worked with almost any machine featured a Thunderbolt 3 port, was Blackmagic’s beefiest graphics unit. Priced at $1,199, it offered performance similar to that of the iMac Pro’s GPU.

The RX Vega 56 shipped with 8GB of memory, 56 compute units, and a base clock speed of 1,156MHz. Unlike the entry-level eGPU, it also boasted a DisplayPort connection that allowed users to plug in 5K screens.

But you can’t buy a brand-new one anymore.

Blackmagic eGPU Pro no more

“The GPU chip has been discontinued so we can no longer build the Blackmagic eGPU Pros,” a spokesperson for Blackmagic told Cult of Mac.

Blackmagic (and Apple) still offers the more affordable eGPU at $699. It features Radeon Pro 580 graphics with 8GB memory, 36 compute units, and a base clock speed of 1,200MHz — the same as a 27-inch iMac.

However, the last time we checked, the eGPU was “currently unavailable” on the Apple Online Store. It’s unclear when it will be back. Both this and the eGPU Pro are still listed on the Blackmagic website for now.

We did ask Blackmagic whether the eGPU Pro might return later with a new graphics chip, but we didn’t get a response to that question.