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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 remarkably smooth 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)

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    UPC or EAN No.: 812497035751

  • 4.0 Average
    4 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 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

      98 of 148 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Mediocre for Gaming

    • 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

      56 of 74 people found this useful

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

    • 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 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.

      • Written by Paul K from Pelican Waters

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?This should have an Apple logo on it.

    • 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 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.

      • Written by Paul K from Pelican Waters

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?This should have an Apple logo on it.

    • 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 powerfu 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.

      • Written by Gordon B from Marrickville

      3 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great plug and play solution

    • 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

      98 of 148 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Mediocre for Gaming

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