M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini Not Compatible With eGPUs

Apple's new M1-equipped MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini do not appear to be compatible with eGPUs, including the Blackmagic eGPU that Apple has promoted alongside other Macs and that is available through the online store.

m1 no egpu support
As noted on Twitter, under the lists of accessories compatible with the new Macs, the Blackmagic eGPU is not listed. In the image above, the eGPU is listed as compatible with the Intel MacBook Pro models still available, but not compatible with the M1 models.


The same is true for the ‌Mac mini‌, which also comes in both ‌M1‌ and Intel varieties. ‌MacBook Air‌ models have all been replaced with ‌M1‌ chips, and none of those machines support eGPUs.

With no eGPU options available at the current time, the new Macs will have to reply on their own ‌M1‌ chips with built-in GPUs. All ‌M1‌ chips feature an 8-core GPU with the exception of the ‌M1‌ chip used in the entry-level ‌MacBook Air‌, which has a 7-core GPU.

Update: Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch that the ‌M1‌ Macs do not support eGPUs.

Related Roundups: Mac mini, MacBook Air
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Top Rated Comments

immortalwind Avatar
46 months ago
No Windows Bootcamp support, no egpu support... This gets less and less appealing to gamers.
Score: 48 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mike... Avatar
46 months ago

I guess if you need an eGPU you wouldn’t start out with a MacBook Air, low end pro or the mini anyway. Assume the more high end arm models will support it
Actually eGPUs were relatively popular on the Mac Mini given it was quite a powerful little machine with the option of 64GB RAM and 10Gb Ethernet.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Val-kyrie Avatar
46 months ago

No Windows Bootcamp support, no egpu support... This gets less and less appealing to gamers.
And less appealing to professionals.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
farewelwilliams Avatar
46 months ago
would be surprising if they did support it
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
locovaca Avatar
46 months ago

I guess if you need an eGPU you wouldn’t start out with a MacBook Air, low end pro or the mini anyway. Assume the more high end arm models will support it
The mini was one of the first touted platforms for the eGPU.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mike... Avatar
46 months ago

The information in this article is false. Macs with Apple Silicon, including the three announced today, support eGPUs.
We're going to need a source for this claim
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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