Blackmagic intros eGPU for MacBook Pro

New from Blackmagic is the Blackmagic eGPU, a high-performance graphics processor for pro editing, visual effects and compositing tools, like DaVinci Resolve, as well as apps for the creation of 3D games and immersive VR. Designed in collaboration with Apple, the Blackmagic eGPU features a built-in Radeon Pro 580, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI 2.0, 85W of charging power and four USB 3.1 connections. It supports Thunderbolt 3 displays.

Designed for pro video editors, colorists and visual effects artists who need to remain mobile, the eGPU plugs in via Thunderbolt 3. According to Blackmagic, the eGPU provides users with higher resolution images, higher frame rate gameplay, better lighting and more detailed textures.

The eGPU features a thermal cooling system that’s been designed to balance the airflow and dissipate heat more efficiently. The cooling system also enables extremely quiet operation as low as 18dB, vital for those working in video production and audio engineering environments.

Users get 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, 256-bit memory bandwidth and 36 discreet compute units for up to 5.5 teraflops of processing power. The Radeon Pro 580 can fill 38.4 billion textured pixels per second. In addition, the Blackmagic eGPU supports Metal graphics technology from Apple, which provides near-direct access to the GPU for maximizing graphics and compute performance with games and apps.

Customers running DaVinci Resolve 15, for example, can expect increased performance for editing with more realtime effects, color corrections with more nodes.

In addition to graphics and computational acceleration, this eGPU can be used as a docking hub for connecting devices such as keyboards, mice, Thunderbolt monitors, big screen HDMI televisions, high speed storage and more. It features two 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 connections, a built-in four-port USB hub and HDMI which supports 4K output. Plus, the connections are ergonomically spaced, making it easy to connect and disconnect peripherals.

The Blackmagic eGPU has a built-in power supply that powers the GPU while also providing 85W of downstream power via Thunderbolt 3 for charging laptop computers and powering peripherals. The power supply works from 100V to 240V and features a standard IEC power connector so it can be used anywhere in the world.

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