Blackmagic discontinues eGPU Pro with Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics

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Blackmagic eGPU Pro for Mac
The more affordable eGPU is still available ... for now.
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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.

Blackmagic GPU turns your MacBook into a powerhouse

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Ready and waiting to supercharge your MacBook.
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Alongside its fancy new MacBook Pros, Apple is new selling a fancy new external GPU for anyone who needs extra graphics processing power for their MacBook.

Created in partnership with film and broadcast company Blackmagic, the Blackmagic eGPU is a $699 powerhouse standalone unit that comprises an MD Radeon Pro 580 graphics card with 8GB of DDR5 RAM.

2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar vs. 2015 MacBook Pro

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2016 MacBook Pro versus 2015 MacBook Pro
When the shiny new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar goes head-to-head against last year's model, which computer wins?
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The 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has met a lot of criticism. But all anyone really wants to know is, is it time to upgrade?

Cult of Mac put the entry-level 2015 and 2016 MacBook Pros head to head to see if it’s worth snapping up a shiny new Touch Bar machine.

How Fast Is That External Drive? Find Out With Disk Speed Test [OS X Tips]

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Disk Speed Test

I’ve just picked up one of those fancy USB 3 drives to use with my Macbook Air as a sort of secondary backup when I travel, as it was so inexpensive for a 120 Gb drive. I wanted to know how much faster it might be, even on my non-USB 3 Air, than the run of the mill USB drive that you can pick up for a few bucks at the local electronics store, or get as a giveaway at a tech conference, for example. I also wanted to see how fast the new SSD drive that I installed in my Macbook Air was, just for kicks.

I wasn’t sure how to measure the relative speed of these drives, though, until I found out about Disk Speed Test from the fine folks over at OS X Daily. I was able to check the speed of my fast USB drive, my internal SSD drive, and an external USB-powered drive, and compare them all, which is pretty peachy.

Here’s how it works.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Shoots 2.5K For Under $3k

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Simple, beautiful and cheap. Pick three.... Wait

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is calling itself a “digital film” camera, and with a 2.5K sensor and a 13-stop dynamic range, that description mightn’t be far off the mark. Amazingly, it’s also cheap — in the relative terms of movie cameras, that it. The Blackmagic comes in at “just” $3,000.