Blackmagic eGPU Pro

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  • Overview

    Get workstation-class graphics performance on any Thunderbolt 3–enabled Mac. Adding to its lineup, Blackmagic Design introduces the new Blackmagic eGPU Pro featuring a Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor with 8GB of HBM2 memory. You’ll be able to run incredibly graphics-intensive workloads that were previously possible only on iMac Pro. Housed in an all-in-one aluminium enclosure similar to that of the Blackmagic eGPU, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro has a DisplayPort connector so customers can connect a DisplayPort display for their workstation setup. The eGPU has 8GB of HBM2 memory, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port and a DisplayPort 1.4 port, allowing for 85W of power to charge your MacBook Pro at the same time.

    The new Blackmagic eGPU Pro allows accelerated graphics-intensive pro app workflows and super-smooth gaming, enables VR experiences or content creation, and supports multiple accessories for the ultimate workstation setup.

    With macOS Mojave, you can now use an eGPU to accelerate compatible apps on the built-in display of any Thunderbolt 3–enabled Mac.

    Highlights

    Compatible with any Thunderbolt 3–enabled Mac

    Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor with 8GB of HBM2 memory

    Two Thunderbolt 3 ports

    Four USB 3 ports

    HDMI 2.0 port

    DisplayPort 1.4 port

    85W power delivery

    What’s in the Box

    Blackmagic eGPU Pro

    Thunderbolt 3 Cable (0.5m)

    Power Cable

    Tech Specs

    Cable type: Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)

    Cable length: 0.5 m / 1.64 ft

    Connections: DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI, Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), USB

    Power Source: AC

    Height: 29.44 cm (11.59 inches)

    Length: 17.68 cm (6.96 inches)

    Width: 17.68 cm (6.96 inches)

    Weight: 4.5 kg (9.92 pounds)

    System Requirements

    Operating System: macOS 10.14.1 Mojave or later

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    UPC or EAN No.: 812497035928

  • Mac Models

  • 2.5 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Powerful but crippled.

      Look -- as a pure GPU, it's awesome. Video editing is fast. Gaming on a 5k monitor is possible at good frame-rates... in 5k!! So from that standpoint it's awes Look -- as a pure GPU, it's awesome. Video editing is fast. Gaming on a 5k monitor is possible at good frame-rates... in 5k!! So from that standpoint it's awesome. The problem? USB-C passthrough doesn't work. The particular, and VERY annoying problem is that the LG 5k's webcam doesn't work when passed through the BlackMagic. Well, it passes through, but in a very jumpy/jerky sort of way that makes it unusable. (It works just fine directly plugged into my MBP). I've also had issues with other USB-C devices plugged into the monitor not passing through properly... not all, just some. So basically, every time I need to video conference I have to disconnect the GPU and unplug/replug things... a giant pain. TLDR; If you want to plug an LG 5k into this and care about the webcam/usbc hub, don't buy it, at least yet... until they fix some bugs. I've contact their support and they have been very responsive, but so far no answers.

      • Written by Michiel N from Rocky hill

      171 of 197 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Powerful but crippled.

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      eGPU Pro

      I updated my video editing workstation with a 32gb, 6 core i7 Mac Mini,12Tb Promise Thunderbolt 3 RAID array, and the Blackmagic eGPU pro. The system is working I updated my video editing workstation with a 32gb, 6 core i7 Mac Mini,12Tb Promise Thunderbolt 3 RAID array, and the Blackmagic eGPU pro. The system is working flawlessly for 4k workflows, using both FCP and DaVinci Resolve. The Vega 56 graphics processor has significantly improved the video editing workflow especially for creating motion graphics and video effects in Fusion. Couldn't be happier.

      • Written by Rich G from Hamilton

      122 of 137 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?eGPU Pro

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      fan noise

      So, I bought one of these a week ago. In terms of graphics performance, it is excellent and the os software support seems pretty good. If you are not sure wheth So, I bought one of these a week ago. In terms of graphics performance, it is excellent and the os software support seems pretty good. If you are not sure whether the software you are using specifically supports an eGPU, you can dive into getinfo settings (right click on the application in the Applications folder in the finder menu) and tell osx to prefer the external GPU. BUT, the fan in the eGPU never switches off, even after you unmount it and shut down your computer. Furthermore, sometimes it is incredibly loud. When Photos was indexing all my photos, the fan noise was so loud it felt like it was going to take and shoot into space. So I downloaded a decibel meter from the App Store and measured the noise - 105 decibels ie. LOUD. I contacted Blackmagic today. They said if I was unhappy, send it back to apple for a replacement. I tried to be reasonable, suggesting that maybe waiting for an OS update would be wise, but they didn't really engage with the problem. Thanks. Lesson - amazing, convenient bit of kit, as long as it works properly. Fan noise might be a problem. It certainly is for mine. Otherwise, brilliant bit of design.

      • Written by Mishkin T from London

      83 of 90 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?fan noise

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      crashing from the first moment I used it.

      At first it seemed to work well connecting to buy lg ultraFine 4k over thunderbolt 3. then I tried World of Warcraft on it and it started crashing every 30 minu At first it seemed to work well connecting to buy lg ultraFine 4k over thunderbolt 3. then I tried World of Warcraft on it and it started crashing every 30 minutes or so. Now I can't even get it running. Once I connect it to my MacBook Pro 13 2017, it simply crashes my MBP.

      • Written by Tony H from Almere

      9 of 10 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?crashing from the first moment I used it.

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Great idea... but doesn't seem to work

      The BlackMagic eGPU Pro is a beautiful piece of equipment. Looks really nice sitting on my desk. But as far as functionality goes? Using it, I see BARELY any im The BlackMagic eGPU Pro is a beautiful piece of equipment. Looks really nice sitting on my desk. But as far as functionality goes? Using it, I see BARELY any improvement. I bought this to speed up my workflow when editing 4K video in Final Cut Pro X on my 2018 MacBook Pro (2.9GHz Core i9, 32GB DDR4 RAM, Radeon Pro 560X discreet graphics card). I followed all of the instructions for setting FCPX to prefer the eGPU. I watched the GPU activity and saw that the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 card (in the eGPU) was the one being used while editing in FCPX. But performance was imperceptibly better. I wanted to see render times dramatically improve. I wanted unrendered effects (titles, overlays, etc) to playback with a better framerate than the MBPro's internal card. NO GO! Not sure what the problem is... but this was a HUGE disappointment. Maybe it's because eGPU support is only partly baked in the OS and FCPX? Maybe it's because Apple won't natively support drivers for the (faster & superior) Nvidia cards, so BlackMagic was hampered by having to use an AMD chip? At this point... I don't care about the reasons. I'm just grateful I'm still within the return window, so I can get my money back! Maybe if I had a lower-powered Mac (mini, etc), I'd be seeing a more impressive performance difference when the eGPU was connected. But with my MBP... I can't even tell when it's plugged in, and when it's not. DISAPPPOINTED!

      • Written by John S from Grandville

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great idea... but doesn't seem to work

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Overpriced and causes 2018 13 macbook pro to crash

      Used this devicce for over a month, constent crashing and no support from Blackmagic and or apple. I purchased a Razer GPU at a fraction of the price. I ha Used this devicce for over a month, constent crashing and no support from Blackmagic and or apple. I purchased a Razer GPU at a fraction of the price. I have this sitting in the closet now since it is just a huge paper weight.

      • Written by Larry S from LAS VEGAS

      36 of 40 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Overpriced and causes 2018 13 macbook pro to crash

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