After a few weeks of “delay”, Apple finally made the new version of the Blackmagic eGPU [Pro], announced alongside the new MacBook Air and Mac mini last October. The new model is equipped with a graphics card Radeon RX Vega 56, which has 8GB of HBM2 memory.
What changed from this model to the version introduced in July this year was the graphics processing (Blackmagic eGPU has a Radeon Pro 580 graphics card) and the addition of the DisplayPort 1.4 port.
Both eGPUs have an aluminum design, four USB-A 3.1 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port and two Thunderbolt 3 ports – capable of delivering 85W of power (to recharge a 15 ″ MacBook Pro, for example).
Apple pointed out that Blackmagic eGPU Pro allows “intense workflows for even smoother graphics applications and games”, as well as enabling even more enhanced virtual reality experiences and supporting various accessories for better workstation configuration. We are definitely talking about something well focused on professionals.
Even with the extra power compared to the “old” eGPU model, the machine’s thermal cooling system “balances the air flow and dissipates heat more efficiently”, according to the CEO of Blackmagic. In addition, such cooling also enables quiet work, which is vital in video or audio production environments.
As we said, the new model arrived a little later than expected; Apple announced in October that the eGPU would be available in late November, but later reported that it would be released this month only, as released by 9to5Mac.
As with the previous model, it is not possible to update any hardware component of the Blackmagic eGPU Pro. Orders placed today ($ 1,200) will be available for delivery only next month, between the 16th and 24th of January.