Apple Begins Exclusively Selling 'Blackmagic eGPU' for $699, Aimed at New MacBook Pros

Apple.com today gained a new and exclusive external GPU aimed at the MacBook Pro, called the Blackmagic eGPU. According to TechCrunch, the unit's appearance exclusively on Apple's website comes in the wake of a partnership between the two companies as Apple aims to widen the eGPU market after launching support for eGPUs this past spring.

Running for $699.00, the Blackmagic eGPU provides desktop-class graphics performance on a MacBook Pro, through a Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. The accessory connects via Thunderbolt 3, includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, and 85W power delivery. A Thunderbolt 3 cable also comes in the box.


With external GPUs, users can take advantage of smoother gaming experiences, boost graphics-intensive app workflows, enable virtual reality experiences, and even build VR content. Apple leaned into virtual reality as a selling point of eGPUs following the announcement of eGPU support at WWDC 2017, offering eGPU enclosures to developers who want to work on graphically intensive VR applications and games that run on macOS.

Those interested can purchase the Blackmagic eGPU today for $699.00, and the first units are expected to arrive in two days, on Saturday, July 14. Order pickup is also available at nearby Apple retail stores.

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5 days ago at 06:46 am

I wonder if it works under bootcamp for gaming

Not according to Blackmagics website. Look there first, it answers all of the 19830 billion questions you had in this thread
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5 days ago at 06:39 am
I'm positive I don't need this to surf the net on my mac but I want one.
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5 days ago at 07:04 am
Ok, now make one with nVidia so I can use cuda like a normal modern person uses.
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5 days ago at 06:59 am
I wonder how this will work with new mac mini?
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85w power delivery, is this a joke? That’s not anywhere NEAR enough. Even midrange GPUs require 110-120w, let alone the real high end. Why would you spend so much money on this, only to stick low power ATI crap in there?


I think this refers to USB power...
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5 days ago at 06:40 am
$699.00 for an AMD 580? Ouch. Hard to justify over an iMac, unless you absolutely need a mobile workstation that’s dockable. Fewer dongles with an iMac as well...

Either way, still sitting here impatiently waiting for this new Mac Pro.
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5 days ago at 07:40 am
This enclosure is actually pretty incredible because it looks like they've routed some DisplayPort lines to the Thunderbolt 3 ports on the hub, meaning that, for the first time, users can easily accelerate 5k USB-C displays like the LG Ultrafine via eGPU. This is huge.
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5 days ago at 07:09 am

85w power delivery, is this a joke? That’s not anywhere NEAR enough. Even midrange GPUs require 110-120w, let alone the real high end. Why would you spend so much money on this, only to stick low power ATI crap in there?


I wonder how this will work with new mac mini?
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I think this refers to USB power...


Power delivery is how much power the eGPU provides to your connected device over TB3. In this case, it is able to power and charge a MBP, which requires 85W to charge, while it is plugged into the eGPU.
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5 days ago at 06:36 am

one thing that always bugged me... can these egpu use the macbook display, or they require an external monitor? if the latter... meh.


You can plug it right into your MBP without the use of an external monitor.
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5 days ago at 07:01 am

I think this refers to USB power...

Yes it does. The maximum wattage for the enclosure is 315W which is enough for a 580
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5 days ago at 12:37 pm
Everyone new to the eGPU world should go to https://egpu.io/ ('https://egpu.io/')
They got all the answers ;)
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