• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No deep learning support for eGPU in MacOS

    • Written by Michael B from San Francisco

    When will Apple consider ML a "pro" use case? I should have read up on this first.

    To train an image classifier in any reasonable amount of time for an iOS app, I have to train a tensorflow model on my Linux machine (with AMD GPU using ROCm), serialize the model to CoreML format in python, and then copy that serialized CoreML model back over to my MBP for CoreML model compilation and integration into the iOS app.

    Proper eGPU support would greatly simplify my workflow, and make the iOS development process a lot less frustrating. If anyone at Apple is listening, please fix this soon.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Freezes constantly.

    • Written by David B from North Las Vegas

    I've been using the BlackMagic Design eGPU for a few months now and I'm pleased with the performance boost, but incredibly disappointed by the number of times this thing freezes up, locks up my Mac, and forces me to unplug it, and reconnect it. It's disappointing that visiting a video heavy site (like reddit) causes this thing so much grief. Great concept... beautiful design and quiet as a mouse, but I hate being hesitant to, say, switch to full screen in iTunes in fear that it's going to lock up my computer.

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The Potential is there but its not quite ready, crashes and lockups blight

    • Written by Michael S from Canvey Island

    Having sold my MacPro 5,1 and bought a 2018 13" Macbook I was reasonably happy, although I missed the additional drives etc, (a Caldigit TB3+ dock sorted that out), but the integrated graphics felt a bit slow after the GTX1080 in my MP, so after reading about the EGPU, I determined to buy one, popping into the Regent Street Store to pick it up.
    The Good news, is it plugs in and works (Mojave 10.14.3), and using iStatmenus I can see what its doing, strangely it is almost always using 80-90% of the 8GB Memory on the card? Which seems odd.
    Performance is more sprightly when plugged directly from EGPU into a 4K display, (BTW TB3 to Displayport cables do work with it!)
    Games are accelerated and the general system feels a bit less laggy. BUT, it crashes, it locks up and it does it at the worst possible times, mainly after I have left the Mac with the screensaver running (if I switch the display off as I walk away 100% it will have crashed when I come back). I get around 1 crash or lockup every 12-18 hours.
    The slight performance benefits are not at this time worth the cost, so it will be returned, I am gutted, as I hoped it would be so much more stable, so much better.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't see a benefit.

    • Written by Jason D from Chicago

    First off, the Thunderbolt 3 cable it comes with is 1 foot. If you are using a Mac Mini and more than one display it might be an odd set up. A longer cable is $39.

    Secondly this item did nothing to improve my mouse lag in Photoshop CS6 or CC.

    It's just not for me, so I will be returning this item.

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Designed for Non-Radeon MacBooks

    • Written by Damyion M from San Lorenzo

    Running two LG 5K displays from Macbook TB 15 2017. If you own this setup, then the internal GPU is almost as good as the Blackmagic. I cannot run fluid full-resolution video at max resolution, from any app with, or without, Blackmagic. If i run the Macbook at low resolution, (apple calls it large text) then i see subtle video lag on the blackmagic and a tiny bit worse running straight from Macbook. The Mackbook 13 TB 2017 i understand does not have the same internal GPU as the 15, so this Blackmagic eGPU was probably designed for that specific setup. Radeon Mackbook owners patiently waiting for the Vega Blackmagic Pro model.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 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.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 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.

    45 of 53 people found this useful

  • 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.

    35 of 43 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mediocre for Gaming

    • Written by Alec H from FRUIT HEIGHTS

    I bought this to use with my 2017 15" MacBook Pro to play fortnite with. It can run Fortnite on medium/low settings at about 50 FPS but honestly not worth $700. I definitely do not believe that it creates "super smooth gaming" like advertised. Im very sad, I was hoping that Apple finally created a gaming solution to their computers!

    588 of 814 people found this useful