Apple on Thursday released brand-new, updated variations of its 15-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro . The modifications are mainly under the hood, and will likely please some power users, though they leave plenty to be preferred.
Alongside the brand-new laptop computers, Apple likewise introduced its very first standalone external graphics system for the MacBook, developed in partnership with video tech business Blackmagic Design . And if you’re a power user, it’s certainly an upgrade you need to think about.
The Blackmagic eGPU is a quite significant, unusually shaped device developed, primarily, for individuals who long for more graphics power than their MacBook Pro can summon. It includes a Radeon Pro 580 graphics card with 8GB of video memory, and — at $699 a piece — it’s certainly not low-cost.
If you can stand the cost, nevertheless, the Blackmagic eGPU is a quite amazing upgrade. Of all, it’s not simply an eGPU; it’s likewise a USB center with 4 USB-A 3.1 ports and a battery charger with 85 watts of power shipment. This indicates you’ll most likely have the ability to link your MacBook to this infant and attach all your “tradition” USB peripherals to it, be it a mouse, keyboard, printer or a secondary screen. You can likewise take your basic MacBook Pro battery charger and put it in your luggage, as you will not be requiring it at your desk any longer.
As somebody that utilizes 2 various (both rather costly) USB centers to link all my USB-A gizmos to my 13-inch MacBook Pro, I ‘d more than happy to be able to change all that mess with a single gadget, even one as huge as the Blackmagic eGPU.
In regards to video ports, Blackmagic eGPU has an HDMI port which you can utilize to link screens as much as 4K in resolution, along with 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports, both with 40Gb/s throughput.
Now this may look like a small information, however it’s really quite substantial. When I initially got my 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro, I was wanting to link it to an external screen or an eGPU with 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports, which would permit me to daisy chain another screen or link whichever power-hungry Thunderbolt-friendly gadget I wanted. Think exactly what: It still hasn’t occurred. Displays with 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports simply do not exist. And Razer’s Core V2 eGPU , which is the closest rival to the Blackmagic eGPU I might discover, just has a single Thunderbolt port.
UPDATE: July 12, 2018, 6:23 p.m. CEST I’ve talked to Blackmagic, and a business representative informed me that linking 2 screens to the Blackmagic eGPU is supported. It’s likewise worth keeping in mind that the business does not suggest daisy chaining 2 or more Blackmagic eGPUs; rather, if you have more than one, you need to link each to the computer system straight.
This does not imply the Blackmagic eGPU is ideal. For one, it’s not upgradable. The Razer Core V2 has an Ethernet port and the Blackmagic eGPU does not. Once again, that extra Thunderbolt 3 port lets you link quite much whichever gizmo, consisting of another effective center, straight to the Blackmagic eGPU.
All of this indicates that even extremely requiring users can, lastly, plug a single USB-C cable television into their MacBook Pro and immediately get all the advantages of a desktop: effective graphics, substantial external display (or 2), and a lot of peripherals. Which simply may be worth investing 7 hundred dollars on (however, obviously, you’ll need to buy the screen independently).
The Blackmagic eGPU is readily available straight from Apple for $699.