• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A good investment

    • Written by Eliot H from Parkdale

    I purchased this device for editing movies in Final Cut Pro X on my 13" MacBook Pro which is driving my ultra-wide Dell U3818DW display (and an additional smaller display). It took seconds to setup and I really like how the USB-C connector powers my MacBook Pro. I can see a significant performance benefit when playback, rendering and exporting movies in FCP. I'm delighted with this investment. Sure, it's a little pricey, but its a quality product that truly leverages the architecture of OpenCL and Metal.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top quality.

    • Written by Michael S from Sydney

    The hardware of this eGPU is amazing, its sturdy and is the only eGPU box that you can proudly boast on your desk with its design.

    Its plug'n'play on the Mac and worked well with my gaming (I played League of Legends & WoW at 5K 60FPS) perfectly fine in MacOS without having to bootcamp into Windows. The best part is that it supports the LG Ultrafine series which are hands down the best monitors for the Mac.

    Pair this with the Ultrafine Monitor & you have your self an iMac Pro workstation at home whenever you dock your Mac.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It just works

    • Written by Russell F B from East Brisbane

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    THE ONLY DOCK YOU’LL EVER NEED

    • Written by Lee H from CHIPPENHAM

    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.

    16 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This should have an Apple logo on it.

    • Written by Paul K from Pelican Waters

    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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  • 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.

    291 of 372 people found this useful