It’s no secret that editing video takes a lot of power, and while Macs tend to have terrific software and tools available, some Apple hardware isn’t equipped to get the job done right out of the box. That’s why Blackmagic Design created the Blackmagic eGPU, a high performance graphics processor for pro-creative software like the company’s DaVinci Resolve, and other 3D games and VR applications.
The company worked with Apple directly to create the Blackmagic eGPu and it features a built-in Radeon Pro 580; two Thunderbolt 3 ports; an HDMI 2.0 port, 85W of charging power; and four USB 3.1 connections. The Blackmagic eGPU is the first to support Thunderbolt 3 displays, which should be a welcomed editions to editors. If you’re coming from NVIDIA, the Radeon Pro 580 stacks up nicely against a GeForce 1060. The Radeon Pro 50 features 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, 256-bit memory bandwidth and 36 discreet compute units for up to 5.5 teraflops of processing power.
The Blackmagic eGPU is available now for $699 exclusively on Apple.com, you can also find one in select Apple Retail stores worldwide. We should note that the price includes the GPU, unlike other external enclosures that do not include a graphics card.
The device is housed within a single piece of aluminum, and features a unique thermal cooling system that’s been designed to perfectly balance the airflow and dissipate heat more efficiently to avoid thermal throttling. The company stated that the cooling system “also enables extremely quiet operation as low as 18dB, vital for those working in video production and audio engineering environments”.
Customers running DaVinci Resolve 15 can expect increased performance for editing with more real time effects, color corrections with more nodes and spectacular ResolveFX such as film grain, light rays, blurs and more. DaVinci Resolve 15 also fully supports multiple GPUs, as well as Metal, so it’s one of the best way to get the full benefit of the Blackmagic eGPU. Customers can download DaVinci Resolve 15 now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website for the best editing, color correction, audio post and visual effects solution available.
The company also mentioned how the eGPU could 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 4 port USB hub and HDMI which supports 4K output.
“The Blackmagic eGPU is the world’s first eGPU designed specifically for accelerating professional video workflows with DaVinci Resolve,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “It also adds the performance customers need for truly immersive, more realistic looking 3D game and VR experiences. Best of all, the Blackmagic eGPU gives you desktop class graphics performance on a laptop computer!”