While the announcement of new MacBook Pro models powered by Intel's eighth generation of processors and up to 32GB of RAM is the big news of the day, it wasn't the only one. In addition to updating the computer line, Apple has launched a new eGPU in partnership with the company Blackmagic.
The Blackmagic eGPU features an 8GB Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB-A 3.1 ports and one HDMI 2.0 port.
Blackmagic eGPU includes a Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor that accelerates professional applications such as DaVinci Resolve, makes 3D and VR games much more realistic, and enables higher frame rate playback. This docking station powers and recharges your laptop, as well as support for connecting two extra monitors via HDMI and Thunderbolt 3, plus four additional USB 3.1 ports for devices such as keyboards, mice and other peripherals!
Regarding HDMI input, the technical information indicates that the eGPU is compatible with UHD screen resolutions and up to 4K at 60fps. However, Apple reports that the device is also compatible with LG's UltraFine 5K display.
According to information released by Macworld, the eGPU can deliver 2.8x higher performance for processing the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, equipped with a 4GB Radeon Pro GPU. Compared to the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, the most dramatic jump: 8x higher compared to the integrated Intel Iris Plus 655 graphics.
The Blackmagic eGPU is specially designed to operate in environments that require low noise. Thanks to the cooling system, it performs operations in an extremely quiet way, reaching up to 18dB. This feature alone can make eGPU Blackmagic appealing to video, audio, or any other professional who requires a quiet workspace.
Apple now supports external GPUs with macOS High Sierra, however it was only with version 10.13.4 that Apple made support for these devices official. Macs that support eGPUs include MacBooks Pro 2016 or later, iMacs 2017 or later, and iMac Pro.
The eGPU Blackmagic is only available on Apple's US online store, for $ 700 in Brazil she (still?) Did not show up. At Ma physical stores, the external GPU will be available from the 16th of this month at least in the US.