Apple’s computer systems have by no means precisely been recognized for his or her graphics prowess, however the final yr or two the corporate has taken the chance to enhance its standing with official help for exterior GPUs linked by way of Thunderbolt three.
Recent from releasing newly updated MacBooks, the corporate has collaborated with movie firm Blackmagic on a $699 eGPU. Earlier than you scoff on the value, there’s one distinction in comparison with different eGPU options: this one really consists of the graphics card.
Particularly, the Blackmagic eGPU comes with a Radeon Professional 580 sporting 8GB of reminiscence, which is roughly equal to an Nvidia 1060. In all, Apple says the 580 ought to present a 2.8x graphics enchancment to the 15-inch MacBook Professional, and as a lot as an 8x enchancment on the 13-inch fashions. It’s a removed from essentially the most highly effective GPU on the market, however it ought to present a notable imrovement for many GPU-intensive purposes.
For some perspective, a standard Radeon RX 580 ought to provide related efficiency and usually goes for round $300. In different phrases, you’re nonetheless paying a big premium for the remainder of the chassis – particularly contemplating the graphics card isn’t upgradeable – however there are a couple of attention-grabbing options which may make it value your whereas.
For one, it’s apparently the primary eGPU to help Thunderbolt three shows like LG’s Apple-approved 5K Monitor. It is also a veritable docking station, with comes with 4 USB three.zero ports, two Thunderbolt three ports, and a single HDMI port.
That final tidbit might be annoying if you wish to join a couple of monitor although, as you’ll both have to make use of an adapter or purchase one of many few displays that join by way of USB-C.
Except you actually need that 5K show, I nonetheless assume it’s most likely a greater concept to purchase one other exterior GPU enclosure that you can improve freely; they price round $300. However apart from the plug-and-play simplicity of Apple and Blackmagic’s answer, maybe essentially the most compelling cause so that you can purchase this all-in-one unit is that it’s stated to be whisper-quiet.
In any case, it’s good to have choices. Should you’re anxious about your MacBook not having sufficient graphics juice however would fairly not shell out for a desktop, the Blackmagic eGPU is value a glance. It’ll go on sale beginning July 13 at choose Apple shops and Apple.com.