Blackmagic publishes eGPU with Radeon Pro 580 for 695 euros




Blackmagic has created an external video card intended for Macs and based on the AMD Radeon Pro 580 gpu. The Blackmagic eGPU with Thunderbolt 3 is designed according to the manufacturer in collaboration with Apple.

Blackmagic eGPU The Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB gddr5 that is in the Blackmagic eGPU is the same gpu that Apple uses in its iMacs 2017 models. The specifications are similar to the separate Radeon RX 580 desktop video cards, but the Pro variant has custom drivers.

Blackmagic stops the gpu in an adapted housing and it is not possible to replace the video card. The company says that the aluminum housing is made in collaboration with Apple and the design is optimized for quiet operation. At the back of the housing are four USB 3.1 ports, two Thunderbolt 3 ports and an HDMI 2.0 connection. A 315W power supply is built into the cabinet and the eGPU can charge a laptop with a maximum of 85W via USB-C.

In a faq, Blackmagic reports that the eGPU also works with Windows computers, but that there are currently a number of ‘compatibility problems’. Those problems must be resolved in the near future. The manufacturer does not give specific details about the problems.

Blackmagic is an Australian manufacturer of video cameras and video editing software for the professional market. The company therefore positions the eGPU as a product to add gpu acceleration to its Resolve software. It is possible to connect different eGPUs to a Mac and simultaneously use them in the video editing software. The external video card can also be used for other purposes, such as gaming.

Initially, the Blackmagic eGPU is only for sale in the Apple webshop . Later on, the product must also enter the market through other channels. The housing with video card can be ordered immediately and according to the Dutch Apple website delivery takes place next week.

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