• 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

    414 of 515 people found this useful

  • 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.

    53 of 64 people found this useful

  • 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.

    36 of 44 people found this useful

  • 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.

    30 of 35 people found this useful

  • 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.

    32 of 45 people found this useful

  • 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.

    24 of 37 people found this useful

  • 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.

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Below mediocre performance for rendering and 3D

    • Written by Sergey B from Vancouver

    Very disappointed and very surprised Apple still doesn't want to support nvidia cards that are the defacto standards for 3D artists

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does nothing

    • Written by Ryan A from Bountiful

    They have changed the marketing since I purchased, very misleading...This does nothing, not compatible with adobe anything...Not good for photo editing, video etc, does absolutely nothing. The only thing it does do is freeze up my machine and take up space on the desktop. Such a waste of cash. I called Black Magic and they actually admitted it does nothing and the tech support said maybe I could sell it...Insane apple would support a product like this.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for gaming

    • Written by Srinivas V from Dallas

    Dont buy it.

    8 of 22 people found this useful