• 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!

    624 of 862 people found this useful

  • 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

    437 of 542 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great plug-and-play eGPU for LG Ultrafine 5k Display

    • Written by Joshua W from Studio City

    I've considered and examined various eGPU options for my 2016 Macbook Pro for some time, as even the highest-end option (Radeon Pro 460 at the time) is simply not sufficient to run the two 5k TB3 displays without a quite noticeable slowdown on the GUI and associated tasks. However, until last week, all options for eGPU acceleration of TB3 displays were limited, since the displays still had to be connected directly to the computer.

    This eGPU finally solves this problem by offering a direct connection to the TB3 display, sitting between the computer and monitor! Finally a product that again lives up to the old Apple motto of "just works" -- no additional drivers or software needed, and the internal USB3.1 hub is an added bonus.

    And, while the Radeon Pro 580 is admittedly not a top-of-the-line card compared to some other options currently available, for the price it's a reasonable deal (eGPU enclosures start at $300 without a card), especially considering the unique TB3 connectivity option for the display itself -- this is, quite simply, the *only* functional option for those using a macbook pro and the LG Ultrafine 5k.

    The eGPU (Radeon Pro 580) reliably runs the primary display, and the internal discrete card (Radeon 460) is dedicated to the secondary one.

    My only gripe is that the included cable is so short, it should almost be called a dongle. For $699 they could have at least included something closer to the 0.8m length.

    Overall, very satisfied with my purchase.

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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.

    55 of 61 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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  • 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

    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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  • 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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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It works but.....

    • Written by Mark R from Spalding

    I bought this to go with a new i7 Mac Mini linked up to a 4k 32" 4K monitor.
    Whilst most of my use is general web browsing, I do sometimes spend time with applications like Lightroom for photos and Resolve for Video so the addition of the eGPU meant I had a much needed boost on the odd occasions I needed better graphics performance than offered out of the box with the Mac Mini. apps like iMovie with 4K video did run just fine with the built in graphics BTW so if your needs are simple video taken with your iPhone at 4K, don't be put off by the internal Intel HD630 graphics.
    So I have run various tests with various applications and there is no question, this makes a huge difference when a GPU is needed to accomplish various tasks so it really does do what it claims.
    I did also look at the roll your own solutions buying a Sonnet enclosure and fitting a graphics card inside. The argument for that is you can upgrade the GPU later.
    The problem here is that you can't just but the base spec enclosure as it would not have a big enough PSU to run say a Vega64 later on if you did upgrade so buying an enclosure with a big enough PSU for future upgrades and a Radeon 580 today costs A LOT more than the Black Magic device on day one. On top of that, the other external GPUs have many many fans on them and are very noisy. The Black Magic is silent at all times. In my nice quiet office, this matters.
    So I therefore have an eGPU that is cheaper than an upgradable and quiet. Sure I can't just swap out the graphics card at a later date but I am sure many iMac users will tell you they don't loose sleep on that count either (think about it). If you want a machine you can upgrade each year as new games come out, perhaps a Mac isn't the right machine for you in the first place.
    So why only 4 stars?
    I wanted to place the Black Magic eGPU inline between my Mac Mini and monitor. In MACOS you can configure individual applications to use the eGPU but you have to do each one individually. If the eGPU is inline with the primary then everything uses it plus traffic doesn't have to leave the mac, go to the eGPU, travel back to the Mac and then output on a different port (HDMI or ThunderBolt).
    THIS CONFIGURATION IS NOT SUPPORTED ON THE MAC MINI! This titbit of info is buried on a support page deep on the Apple website.
    Because of the T2 chip, you can't have the eGPU inline at boot. It gets locked out.
    The solution from Apple is to either switch off File Vault (hard drive encryption) on the Mac OR boot the Mac with the monitor plugged straight into the back and then unplug the display from the Mac and plug it into the eGPU instead once you are logged in which means reaching behind the machines every time you boot the Mac and swapping the cable. A total pain and when I tried this, the output often maxed out at 4K 30Hz not the 4K 60Hz I normally get. With the eGPU inline the performance is even better but in real life, that is not a convenient setup and Apple is all about convenience isn't it? I don't want to be messing around swapping cables after every reboot.
    So in conclusion (because this is a very long review now), this thing does what it claims, is no more expensive than other solutions and makes a big difference to "some" applications but could be even better is Apple sorted out a couple of niggles.

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  • 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.

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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

    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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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