Apple’s Blackmagic eGPU Pro Now Available For Purchase
Apple announced the Blackmagic eGPU Pro alongside the MacBook Air and Mac Mini in October. The Blackmagic eGPU Pro is an updated variant of the Blackmagic eGPU which was previously launched. Although the eGPU Pro was launched a few months ago, it was not available for purchase till now. The consumers can now place orders for the eGPU and Apple will commence deliveries from 15 January 2019.
The Blackmagic eGPU is an external Graphics Processing Unit for Apple computers. It can be connected to any compatible Apple machine using a Thunderbolt-3 cable. The Blackmagic eGPU Pro when connected to an Apple laptop or desktop computer will provide it with sufficient horsepower to run graphics-intensive tasks, like playing video games and rendering video content. Apple claims that the eGPU is powerful enough to run intensive tasks that were previously possible only on the high-end iMac Pro.
Design And Specifications
The Blackmagic eGPU Pro looks like a tower PC cabinet with an aluminum build and plastic base plate. The eGPU has cold air inlet vents at the bottom and hot air outlet vents at the top which allow it to stay cool even during intensive data processing tasks. It measures 2944 x 1768 x 1768 mm and weighs in at 4.5 kilograms. The rear side of the unit has various input and output ports which are as follows:
- 2 x Thunderbolt 3 ports
- 4 x USB 3 ports
- 1 x HDMI 2.0 port
- 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 port
- 85W power delivery port
The Blackmagic eGPU Pro features an AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card with 8 GB of HBM2 memory. The RX Vega 56 has 56 computing cores that have a base frequency of 1156 MHz and a boost frequency of up to 1471 MHz. The device supports Apple desktop and laptop computers which run on macOS 10.14.1 Mojave or later.
The Blackmagic eGPU Pro is available at a price of $ 1,119 from Apple’s US website and the company will deliver the first batch between 15-23 January 2019.