Blackmagic eGPU – screaming quiet performance

With the presentation of the new Apple MacBook Pro 2018, at the same time an external graphics solution from Blackmagic was exclusively announced for Apple: the Blackmagic eGPU

The Blackmagic eGPu is a remarkable product. It is an external graphics accelerator for professional software like DaVinci Resolve. You can also connect the Blackmagic eGPU via Thunderbolt 3 directly to the computer. It also has a built-in Radeon Pro 580 graphics card, an HDMI output, 85W power supply, another Thunderbolt-3 connector and four USB 3.1 ports.

All this comes in a design that is designed for performance optimization and quiet operation.

Screaming quiet performance

However, by far the most attractive feature of the Blackmagic eGPU is its silence.

The extremely quiet operation of the external graphics card is impressive. In most cases, the fans of the MacBook Pro will be even louder.

Elegant design in aluminum

The design is not only elegant but also functional. The eGPU was made from a single piece of aluminum and reinforced. This ensures a balanced air flow, convection cooling and efficient heat dissipation. Thus, the fan can run slower in variable speed, which allows extremely quiet operation at only 18 dB.

 

Pros

-quiet

-elegant design

-no configuration

-Works with LG UltraFine 5K display

-4 USB channels

Cons

-Not upgradeable

-no official Final Cut Pro X benefits

 

Here are the most important features of the Blackmagic eGPU at a glance:

-All-in-one design

-Very quiet 18 dB

-Integrated Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB of GDDR5 memory

-Two Thunderbolt 3 ports

-Four USB 3 ports

-An HDMI 2.0 port

-85W Power Delivery for MacBook Pro Full Charge

-Built-in power supply

-Officially, LG UltraFine 5K Display supports Thunderbolt 3

-Thunderbolt 3 cables (0.5 m) included

-Power cord included

-Dimensions: about 11.5 inches high and 6.5 inches wide

 

The graphics accelerator can be ordered from Apple for € 695, -.

Prerequisite for the use is according to the manufacturer macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra. The eGPU is compatible with all Thunderbolt 3 Macs. Apple is currently the exclusive distributor for the Blackmagic eGPU.