• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Extreme performance enhancement for Thunderbolt 3 macbook but flawed

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Maybe it will be good one day but not right now

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great plug and play solution

    Happy with this eGPU, definitely boosts performance to my LG Ultrafine 5K Display and acts as a great device hub. I would echo some concerns that a more powerful card would have future proofed it for longer as the card can't be upgraded but overall happy and great for what I need.

    I would definitely call out that the Thunderbolt 3 cable included isn't fit for purpose and pretty much unusable due to the length. A bit of a cheap move for a premium product as I had to go back and buy another 0.8m cable to be able to use it.

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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 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!

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  • 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 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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