The Blackmagic eGPU – what is it, and should you care?

Well, other than me trying to explain everything up front, let me have Blackmagic explain that for you:

  • Designed in collaboration with Apple, the Blackmagic eGPU features a built-in Radeon Pro 580, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI 2.0, 85W of charging power and four USB 3.1 connections. It comes in an integrated design that brings high-end desktop class graphics processing to MacBook Pro for professional video workflows, 3D games and immersive VR. And, the Blackmagic eGPU is the first to support Thunderbolt 3 displays.
  • 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 the best way to get the full benefit of the Blackmagic eGPU.
  • The Blackmagic eGPU is available now for only US$699 exclusively on Apple.com and in select Apple Retail stores worldwide.

So, a few things. This is great!! Film grain and noise reduction are very gpu intensive and can REALLY slow down your work flow. And as we know, especially with laptops (unless you buy a gaming laptop), the GPU aren’t always the most efficient at helping with these kind of tasks (again, there are exceptions). I like that Blackmagic was able to work with Apple because that just means there was no guesswork when trying to make the GPU work in harmony with the laptop.

Which brings up a potential downside. Well, maybe downside is the wrong word. This is great for Macbooks, but if you have a PC., you may have to look elsewhere.  And it all depends on the laptop that you have. The 15″ Macbook pro, for example, isn’t affected as much as the Macbook Pro 13″. So you definitely want to make sure that this will work with your system, and if it will actually provide a benefit to your current setup.

I also like that it can power your laptop. Definitely a cool device for those that can benefit in using it. So, what are your thoughts? Are you frustrated with your performance on your Macbook Pro, and would love to get something like this? Do you find it silly? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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