• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Questionable compatibility with UltraFine 4K

    • Written by Bojan N from London

    Nothing but frustration with this one - two monitors will never work together. LG UltraFine 4K will work on its own (connected over Thunderbolt 3 port on the Egpu), and my other monitor works fine connected over HDMI. But put them on together and the hdmi connected monitor will just keep flickering to no end. Impossible to tell who is to blame, but beware of UltraFine monitors in combination with this Egpu. The rest of the features are as advertised, but it's of little use to me as is. Goes a long way of describing current levels of quality assurance and hardware testing from Apple.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless.

    • Written by Adam A from Boise

    I'm an apple hard die fan and I'll ever be, and I think Apple makes the best products period, but this one misses the mark so badly, to the point where it's painful.

    First and for most, DON"T BUY THIS IF YOU'RE USING FINAL CUT PRO!!!
    Because the software is optimized, and you won't notice a huge difference.
    *Test Results;
    19GB 4K File with the MacBook took 5min + 31 seconds to render (background render off).
    The same file using the eGPU to render with the same settings it took 5min + 11 seconds.

    Now the big question is?
    Does 20 seconds improvement worth $700+?
    I assure you, it's NOT!

    Model used;
    Macbook Pro 16GB Ram - i5 Dual Core - 256GB NVMe SSD (2017 Model)

    Test run; 7 Times with eGPU - 7 Times Without eGPU
    *I was that desperate to convince myself it's a purchase worthwhile, but it's too late.

    Random Thoughts;
    - I didn't see any noticeable improvements while working with the timeline, the software is doing great with the internal GPU.
    - I did test it with other machines to make sure that my CPU is not bottlenecking the eGPU, (the eGPU is taking a hit of %10 for performance, but it's minor and not a huge deal)

    Overall;
    Not worth it at all, and the power consumption is high as well for a product that is not cheap since the first place.
    I don't mind paying 1000+, but at least it would make me go wow, that was worth it.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Totally useless for final cut pro x

    • Written by Massimo F from Woburn Sands

    I spent some time with apple care to figure out if it would improve performance with my set up and I was told we don't know it should which I believe is interesting.
    I bought this product hoping to process my Panasonic GH5 files without conversion to prores and it stutters in 4K worse or same than the integrated GPU of my macmini 2018.
    Final cut pro uses the GPU that looks maxed out but there is no performance improvement despite the 8 GB VRAM vs the 1.5 GB allocated to the integrated GPU.
    It may be that final cut is not using the GPU at the best (it is definitely using it) but this product is to avoid for pure apple users. It may work with blackmagic software but then apple should not even bother advertising it.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac mini and Blackmagic eGPU no video

    • Written by Bob P from Lindstrom

    I have the new Mac mini and the Blackmagic eGPU but can’t get the video to display on the monitor when I connect the Mac mini to the eGPU and then the eGPU to the monitor. On boot up the monitor stays dark so I can’t boot .

    The same monitor and cables however works when I connect my MacBook Pro to the eGPU and the eGPU to the monitor which is the preferred setup. Unfortunately no one can give me direction. I read somewhere that the Mac Mini can’t boot into the eGPU so I don’t know how to set this up the most effective way.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Extreme performance enhancement for Thunderbolt 3 macbook but flawed

    • Written by steve M from Helper

    I am not sure if this has to do with using an eGPU or not, but when using the eGPU and external 4k display connected to the eGPU, high bitrate 4k video playback tops-out the eGPU's utilization and occasionally stutters. Even 4k youtube playback in chrome tops-out the eGPU. When plugging the same monitor straight into the macbook with a displayport adapter, video playback is great no matter what kind of file or youtube 4k videos I play back. Using a quadcore 2018 13" Macbook Pro with Mojave 10.14.1.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mediocre, expensive product with poor support.

    • Written by Mike M from La Crescenta

    Honestly, it's bad. The eGPU does provide a boost, but the power you get for the money isn't good. It looks good, and it's quiet, so that's nice. But, like many people, my unit has hardware issued and Blackmagic isn't helpful at all. In fact, they expect you to purchase a shipping box and pay for shipping to return the product in order to facilitate a warranty claim.

    Do yourself a favor and skip this one. It's a C- product from an F company.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A story about a lack of information.

    • Written by Keith D from Los Angeles

    Provenance:
    Dyed-in-the-wool, experienced NYC freelancer (shoot/edit/PrEditor)
    60% travel, 40% local


    Build:
    Macbook Pro 15-inch, 2016
    16 GB 2133Mhz DDR3 512 SSD
    Mojave 10.14
    
LaCie T3 8tb twin RAID 0
    Blackmagic EGPU with factory T3 cable

    No External Monitor

    Apps:
    Adobe AE 2017 - "Prefer External GPU" selected using [Option-I]
    AE Render Engine 2017 - ditto
    Adobe Pr 2017 – ditto
    
DaVinci Resolve – ditto
    
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - ditto
    Element 3d V2 - No option to select preferred GPU, probably not necessary

    
Typical project:
    
4K footage from disparate cameras/codecs, Finished in AE or Resolve.



    The set-up:
    Frustrated for lack of a detailed analysis from a power-user with build/requirements similar to mine, not to mention all those painfully verbose YouTube videos with no payoff, I had to find out for myself whether or not it's worth gambling 1/3 rent on a shiny new thing that promises to improve the quality of my life.

    What I think:

    The best thing about this EGPU is the beautifully-written product description on Apple’s website. A story of empowerment noted for its elegance and brevity, it sends the reader into a dream in which a Mac user dressed in space-gray extruded aluminum splendor, challenges a bulky, clunky, GTX1080 to a ¼ mile race and gives it a run for its money, to the dismay of NVidia fanboys and somehow you become fascinating to persons of extreme hotness.


    Alas, it was all but a dream.

    

But for me, being able to preview 4K video and AE timelines, even at their lowest resolution, is a huge improvement. Rendering times/Exports are also decreased (+/- 10-25%). The build has been engineered very, very well, and seems tough enough to travel. Save for crossing to the dark side, it seems to be the only game in town.

    

That last paragraph was written with great sadness.


 



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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Only useful in a very small number of people

    • Written by Zac T from Windsor

    Tried this with a Mac Book Pro 13" and an Ultrafine 5K display as I found resizing windows and some applications to be choppy and hoped that a more beefy GPU would improve things. Unfortunately not.

    When I tried it I could see it was using the EGPU instead of the integrated graphics, but if anything the desktop experience was worse and the GPU usage was way higher. Window resizing or movement would send the GPU to 100% utilization.

    As far as I can tell this may be useful for people wanting to play Fortnite on their 13" MBP, or people using Blackmagic software, but I would imagine people needing to do video work would more likely use a 15" MBP or iMac.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead as a door nail.

    • Written by Oliver M from Boulder

    I purchased this almost a month ago and it seems that it has totally died and now violently crashes my computer complete with black screen of foreign language death if I plug it in. I’m not sure what the issue is but I’m very disappointed, prior to this crash thing happening it was working very well under 10.14 and made a significant improvement to even photoshop on my 15 MacBook Pro. I hope it has a warranty and that it has not serious damage to my computer.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    macOS Mojave = BIG improvement for Black Magic eGPU

    • Written by Steven K from Erie

    I was frustrated with the Final Cut Pro render performance with macOS High Sierra because it did not seem to touch the eGPU. Now I can tell you it definitely uses the eGPU during rendering, and I have noticed a huge improvement!

    There is a new setting that you need to make in Mojave that causes your MacBook to favor the eGPU. Here is how to set it up.

    1- Make sure you are connected to your eGPU
    2 - Go to finder
    3 - Go to Applications folder
    4 - Right mouse button on the application and select "Get Info"
    5 - Select the box next to "Favor eGPU"

    and that is it, you will notice a render improvement and can watch the GPU performance in your activity window to confirm.

    I have also noticed a nice improvement with Lightroom, it just seems much smoother to me.

    I have not tried gaming yet with Mojave but it wasn't that great of a performance improvement using High Sierra, hoping it's better now.

    All in all, I am happy with my purchase.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It just works

    • Written by Russell F B from East Brisbane

    It’s great. Hooked between 2017 MBP pro 13 with touchable and LG ultrafine 5K monitor. Rendering is smooth. Multiple windows open running multiple graphic intensive tasks. I love it. Super quiet. No fuss.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Maybe it will be good one day but not right now

    • Written by Austin B from Toronto

    This thing reduced the performance of my maxed out late 2016 15" MBP with a 27" LG 5k. I monitored the GPU usage in the activity monitor GPU history window constantly and it was always incredibly confused with which gpu to use. FCPX was incredibly buggy with this unit and actually made my laptop run hotter then it did without it, not to mention increasing render times of almost all things including simple color grades. Most tasks felt like they were putting more strain on the laptop not less. I tried running a 1080 monitor in conjunction with the 5k and the egpu could not handle it with big chunky blocks showing up in the image constantly due to a lack of bandwidth I'm guessing. I can't possibly imagine you could run the 5k and a 4k simultaneously. The only reason I'm giving it 2 stars is because it is beautifully built, and I can't speak for how it will perform in the future once apple does some serious work on the programming of OSX to work properly with this 9 lb paperweight.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    THE ONLY DOCK YOU’LL EVER NEED

    • Written by Lee H from CHIPPENHAM

    I had been looking for a robust dock solution for my 2018 MacBook Pro for some time. I had tried the Belkin unit and several others, but none provided all the functionality I was after. That was until I tried the Blackmagic eGPU. The improvement in graphics performance was significant - better than I expected. What surprised me is the connectivity and, therefore, value for money of the unit. It really is the only dock I use and it affords video, photos and games vast performance improvements. Highly recommended.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent EGPU, but needs to support Vega 56/64

    • Written by Aman T from Brooklyn

    This is one of the best quality EGPU's on the market, I would give it 5 stars, but the fact that this does not come to support higher end cards like the Vega 56 or 64 I gave it 4.

    It is quieter, better looking than everything on the market. It also supports my LG UltraFine display.

    Get this if you have an LG UltraFine monitor it is a good mid range graphics card.

    Downside is that if you want something with more performance, you will be out of luck. They should make the same thing with Vega 56 or 64

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Returning mine today

    • Written by Perry K from Bainbridge Island

    Adobe apps don't recognize this all. While the 'disconnect' feature with the LG 5K is a good start, any open apps will freak out during the 30-second+ process and throw errors. Compared the the LG w/out the eGPU where you can just unplug the cable and grab your MacBook, it's not ideal. I'd be willing to deal with the disconnect if it was a little faster and didn't require me to quit every app first.

    It is quiet, very quiet, which is amazing, and they've gotten a lot closer to the Apple aesthetic than LG did, but until the bugs are worked out and your app of preference supports eGPUs, it might be worth waiting.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Four stars...your milage may vary.

    • Written by Rod C from Newport

    Connecting to a 2018 13" MBP and a Samsung 4K TV over HDMI. Set up is very easy. Not had too long to tweak the display settings but it scales well. (Not quite as good as Win 10 but that was after a lot of messing around. I'm sure with more time I'll have it spot on.) The thing is silent. At first I thought it was noisy but I then realised that was another device...turned that off and there wasn't even a whisper from the eGPU. It's Space Gray but not an exact match. It's close enough but doesn't look identical. Games aren't great. Tried Left 4 Dead on max settings at 1920 x 1080 and it still occasionally dipped below 60FPS. More modern games or higher res are probably not options but a bit of light gaming to take a break is possible. If you're not aiming for high spec gaming though this functions brilliantly as a light gaming machine, a charger to power my MBP, a hub to connect up my external drives for data and media on the TV and allow a full size keyboard and mouse for when working at home. It does exactly what I want it to do without additional devices and allows some gaming. For all of that it's a reasonable price.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome EGPU

    • Written by David M from Panorama city

    This black magic Egpu is awesomeness I use this thing with my MacBook Pro 2017 full max out and with my iPad Pro 12.9 2 Gen and I have my iPad Pro direct connected to my black magic egpu. and I am runny duet app on my MacBook Pro and this thing charger's my macbook pro and it charger's my iPad Pro with ease, and be for it was a little bit slow because I have two drives plug in and I have FCPX on my main screen and all of the web tabs and videos on the iPad Pro. And now with this EGPU its work lot better. Money well spend.
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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very little increase for AutoCAD and Solidworks

    • Written by Doug H from Apopka

    I use my MB-Pro and for running VM wear with AutoCAD and SW. The only real change I saw was that the processor could run at a higher speed on average for a longer period of time as the heat buildup from the embedded GPU in the MB was reduced. As far as any increase in video speed, it was almost undetectable for the applications I run. I run an external 4K and 2K monitor along with the screen of the MB operating. Returned the unit yesterday. I want to like it, but no. The icing/frosting was the unusable included cable length. Like it was not expensive enough. It is well built though.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    final cut pro will NOT use this when its exporting

    • Written by Daniel S from brooklyn

    final cut will use the external card while you are editing but NOT while you are exporting if you are using the new 10.4version ����

    this was the main reason for the purchase

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This should have an Apple logo on it.

    • Written by Paul K from Pelican Waters

    Truly Amazing.

    My first ever eGPU and my entry into the eGPU world.

    First of all I would like to say, for those that are getting this just for gaming, don't expect your going to run all your games in max settings. This is not a gaming solution this is a VIDEO EDITORS SOLUTION for better performance in DAVINCI RESOLVE 14 and 15.

    From a video editors point of view and a LG 5K ultrafine thunderbolt monitor point of view this in a word, is brilliant!!

    Any thunderbolt monitor can just plug in directly now and just work, with maximum graphics performance, render times are insanely fast now in davinci resolve on my macbook pro 15 inch 2016 model.

    The laptop will also run a lot quieter with out it over heating at all!! the egpu really does take off the edge and its so quiet the egpu you can't even tell its on!!

    My setup consists of 2 monitors connected to the blackmagic GPU
    1 LG 5k monitor via thunderbolt 3
    1 samsung 4k monitor via HDMI

    Works great no issues.

    If you want to run final cut X please be aware it will not use your egpu for rendering you need a set-egpu script for that to work.
    Also compressor ignores egpus even with the script it still does.

    Thats not an eGPU fault though thats a software support fault Apple needs to update there software to work better with eGPUs.

    Ok now thats out of the way games in Mac OS.
    - rocket league will work at Max settings at 2560x1440 res really smoothly on your 5k display if you have one of those.
    - CS: Global offensive will also run maxed out setting at the same res.

    I haven't really been testing games but I thought I would give people some context.

    Boot camp you might want to wait on that one, it does some funny things. currently no driver support in windows for this card it seems. So Apple or blackmagic or AMD please come out with windows drivers for this egpu!!

    Other than that this is built for professionals, and not for home users that like to play games.

    This is non up-gradable eGPU so keep that in mind before buying.

    If you have a 15 inch 2016 macbook pro that has radeon pro 455 with 2gb vram or less you will really notice a boost with the 8gb vram and higher clock speeds.

    My biggest issue is the bootcamp stuff as I user premier in a windows environment because it runs better in windows, I hope Apple can address the driver issue or this will not be 100% useful to me in the future if I can't use premier.

    If your a gamer that likes to run PC games do not buy this eGPU, because it will not appeal to you and its not built for people that like to game at maxed out settings. Its build for the video professional that like to travel, with a laptop and have a desktop experience at home without buying a desktop computer.

    I do wish blackmagic gave us more video card options eg one with a vega 56 and one with a vega 64. But other than that this card is worth it to me.

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