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  • Overview

    Get desktop-class graphics performance on your MacBook Pro with the Blackmagic eGPU. Featuring the Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor, the Blackmagic eGPU is built to make any Mac with Thunderbolt 3 ports a graphics powerhouse. Enjoy supersmooth gaming, accelerate graphics-intensive pro app workflows, and enable VR experiences or content creation. Built-in I/O connections drive a Thunderbolt 3 display, support multiple accessories, and charge your MacBook Pro at the same time.

    Pair the Blackmagic eGPU with the stunning resolution and immaculate visuals of the LG UltraFine 5K Display for the ultimate Mac setup.

    Highlights

    Compatible with Mac with Thunderbolt 3 ports

    Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor with 8GB of GDDR5 memory

    Two Thunderbolt 3 ports

    Four USB 3 ports

    One HDMI 2.0 port

    85W power delivery

    What’s in the Box

    Blackmagic eGPU

    Thunderbolt 3 Cable (0.5 m)

    1.8 m power cable

    Tech Specs

    Cable type : Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)

    Cable length : 1.64 ft. / 0.5 m

    Connections : HDMI, Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), USB

    Power Source : AC

    Height : 11.59 in./ 29.44 cm

    Length : 6.96 in./ 17.68 cm

    Width : 6.96 in./ 17.68 cm

    Weight : 9.92 lb/ 4.5 kg

    System Requirements

    Operating System : macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra or later.

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    UPC or EAN No. : 812497035744

  • 3.0 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
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    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Mediocre for Gaming

      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 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!

      • Written by Alec H from FRUIT HEIGHTS

      453 of 646 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Mediocre for Gaming

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      final cut pro will NOT use this when its exporting

      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 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

      • Written by Daniel S from brooklyn

      284 of 360 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?final cut pro will NOT use this when its exporting

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

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

      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 n 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.

      • Written by Joshua W from Studio City

      225 of 287 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great plug-and-play eGPU for LG Ultrafine 5k Display

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Questionable compatibility with UltraFine 4K

      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 Eg 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.

      • Written by Bojan N from London

      0 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Questionable compatibility with UltraFine 4K

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Useless.

      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 pai 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.

      • Written by Adam A from Boise

      4 of 5 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Useless.

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Totally useless for final cut pro x

      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 interes 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.

      • Written by Massimo F from Woburn Sands

      9 of 14 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Totally useless for final cut pro x

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