Will this device work with older Macs that have Thunderbolt I or II ports such as the 2015 MacBook Pro or the currently shipping Mac Pro?

Will it work with Sierra or High Sierra or does it require Mojave? Does it work at Thunderbolt I speeds? What is different between the GPU in this versus the one advertised in the 2018 MacBook Pro?

Blackmagic eGPU

Blackmagic eGPU

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5 Answers from the Community

  • Answer

    The eGPU.io website has workarounds for making Thunderbolt 3 eGPUs work with Thunderbolt 1 or 2 Macs. There is a build guide for the 2013 Mac Pro that has Thunderbolt 2 ports.

    The MacBook Pro 2018 has a Radeon Pro 555X or Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. The GPU in the eGPU is a faster Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB of GDDR5 memory.

  • I can answer the first part. No this will not work with the older models that use the Thunderbolt 1 and 2 ports.

  • Sadly, I do not believe it will work. It might work, but with limited bandwidth, which is a deal breaker for me. eGPUs are designed for Thunderbolt 3 ports that interface with the PCIe standard in your Mac. Also, it should work with any software from macOS Sierra and higher, because the 2016 MacBook Pro shipped with eGPU support, which drivers are located in macOS Sierra.

  • the Blackmagic eGPU is built to make any Mac with Thunderbolt 3 ports a graphics powerhouse.

    • High Sierra and newer

    • The Blackmagic eGPU contains a desktop-class GPU with 8GB of vram, while the MacBook Pro's contain mobile GPU

    • Will not work with anything prior to Thunderbolt 3

    • Compatible with Mac with Thunderbolt 3 ports

  • No, you will require a Thunderbolt 3 equipped MacBook.