Apple introduced exterior GPU assist for Macs at WWDC 2017, and now the corporate teamed up with the cinema firm Blackmagic to develop a brand new eGPU designed particularly for the new MacBook Pros announced today.
Merely named the Blackmagic eGPU, this exterior graphics card enclosure is powered by a AMD Radeon Professional 580 that includes 8GB of video reminiscence, 256-bit reminiscence bandwidth and 36 discrete compute items for a complete of 5.5 teraflops of processing energy.
Based on Apple, the Blackmagic eGPU will ship 2.eight instances quicker graphics efficiency on the 15-inch MacBook Pro and eight instances quicker on the 13-inch mannequin. In some DaVinci Resolve 15 efficiency charts from ZDNet, we will additionally see the Blackmagic eGPU provides a seven-fold efficiency enhance to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, whereas the 15-inch MacBook Professional will get a two or thrice enchancment.
The Blackmagic eGPU additionally acts as a Thunderbolt docking station. So, connecting your MacBook Pro to this graphics accelerator will grant entry to 4 USB three.1 Sort-A ports, two USB-C Thunderbolt three ports and one HDMI. The enclosure additionally gives as much as 85W to the linked laptop computer over Thunderbolt three.
In contrast to most exterior GPU bins, the Blackmagic eGPU comes pre-installed and able to go. The dangerous information is customers gained’t be capable of crack this field open and exchange it with one thing extra highly effective, just like the highest-end AMD Radeon RX Vega.
It’s because Apple and Blackmagic specifically designed the enclosure with a single piece of aluminum and a particular cooling system – to not point out a layer of I/O between the graphics card and the eGPU’s rear ports. One silver lining of this tradition design is the unit runs quietly at as little as 18 dB.
The Blackmagic eGPU is out there to buy now solely from Apple for $699 (£599, AU$1,149). Apple added eGPU assist in macOS High Sierra 10.13.four, so the Blackmagic eGPU needs to be suitable with MacBook Professional programs launched in 2016 or later, an iMac 2017 or later, and the iMac Pro.