Apple worked with Blackmagic on a new external GPU


To go alongside the newly updated MacBook Pros, Apple is selling a product for users who need more graphic processing power. Apple worked with cinema company Blackmagic on an external GPU based around a Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB of video memory. Apple says it should give 2.8x faster graphics performance on the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 8x faster on the 13-inch.

The Blackmagic eGPU also has two Thunderbolt ports, four USB 3 ports, and one HDMI 2 port, making it a pretty capable docking station as well. It’s the first eGPU to support Thunderbolt displays like the 5K LG monitor Apple recommends for use with the MacBook Pro.

This is an all-in-one eGPU, unlike other chassis-style designs that require you to supply your own card. That makes it less flexible and upgradable than other options, but allows for a more integrated, quieter design with a smaller footprint. This will be the simplest way to convert your MacBook Pro into a rig capable of VR development, for example.

The TKTK will sell for $699 and will be available in Apple stores this weekend.