Apple Partners With Blackmagic Design to Create External GPUs for MacBook


At the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) last year, Apple made announcement for its support for external GPUs and subsequently rolled out support for the feature finally in March. Ever since, a couple of manufacturers have introduced the functionality of Thunderbolt 3 to many of their units including that of the Razer in the same month.

Together with the release of its new MacBook Pros, Apple has further stepped towards embracing the technology by giving the company’s approval seal to a new system from Blackmagic Design which is simply called as the Blackmagic eGPU. Apple has been into these kinds of partnerships from time to time, and one of the most notable examples is its partnership with the LG UltraFine 5K Display.

The GPU from Blackmagic Design is an accessory that is priced at $699 and packs an AMD Radeon Pro 580 graphics card together with 8GB of DDR5 RAM – all in a fairly small footprint. The device includes an HDMI port and includes four USB 3.1s and three Thunderbolt 3s. Especially the Thunderbolt 3s is a unique feature among these peripherals.

Apple confirmed in a statement that the device also includes a cooling system on-board that operates pretty quietly when compared to other GPUs. It also fits quietly into the new and quiet MacBook keyboards. The operation is also much quiet with as little as 18dB and the eGPU further features an elegant design that allows efficient heat dissipation and convection cooling with its balanced airflow.

The Blackmagic eGPU is a high performance graphics processor with support for pro level creative software including those of DaVinci Resolve, VR and 3D games. The GPU is also very flexible allowing the developers to improve the performance of their graphics together with accelerating other computational tasks. Some of the tasks that can be cleverly achieved with eGPU include video editing, visual effects and colour correction with DaVinci Resolve. It also supports image processing to make VR and games look more realistic than ever.

As the GPU supports higher resolution images, gameplays with higher frame rates and support for better lighting and more detailed textures, it promises a truly immersive experience for the developers who will surely prefer an easier solution for creating high-intensive games and graphics that can be rendered using a MacBook rather than configuring their own.