Thursday, July 12th 2018

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic eGPU

Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic eGPU, a high performance graphics processor for pro creative software such as DaVinci Resolve, 3D games and VR. 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. The Blackmagic eGPU is available now for only US $699 exclusively on Apple.com and in select Apple Retail stores worldwide.

Designed to address the needs of professional video editors, Hollywood colorists and visual effects artists who need to remain mobile, but want the power of a desktop class GPU added to their MacBook Pro, the Blackmagic eGPU is incredibly flexible and simply plugs in via Thunderbolt 3, so users can benefit from improved graphics performance and acceleration of computational tasks. It's perfect for speeding up professional creative application workflows including editing, color correction and visual effects with DaVinci Resolve. The Blackmagic eGPU adds the performance customers need to make the latest 3D games and VR look more realistic than ever. That means customers will get higher resolution images, higher frame rate gameplay, better lighting and more detailed textures for truly immersive experiences, even on a laptop computer.
Featuring an elegant, textured finish design, Blackmagic eGPU is extruded from a single piece of aluminum and features a unique thermal cooling system that's been designed to perfectly balance the airflow and dissipate heat more efficiently. The cooling system also enables extremely quiet operation as low as 18dB, vital for those working in video production and audio engineering environments.

The Blackmagic eGPU features a Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor that delivers stunning graphics and incredible computational performance. You get 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM, 256-bit memory bandwidth and 36 discreet compute units for up to 5.5 teraflops of processing power. The Radeon Pro 580 can fill a massive 38.4 billion textured pixels per second! In addition, the Blackmagic eGPU supports Metal graphics technology from Apple, which provides near-direct access to the GPU for maximizing graphics and compute performance with games and applications.

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. Customers can download DaVinci Resolve 15 now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website for the best editing, color correction, audio post and visual effects solution available.

In addition to graphics and computational acceleration, the Blackmagic eGPU is also the perfect docking hub for connecting devices such as keyboards, mice, Thunderbolt monitors, big screen HDMI televisions, high speed storage and more. It features two 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 connections, a built-in 4 port USB hub and HDMI which supports 4K output. Plus, the connections are ergonomically spaced, making it easy to connect and disconnect peripherals.

When it comes to power, the Blackmagic eGPU has a massive built-in power supply that powers the GPU while also providing 85W of downstream power via Thunderbolt 3 for charging laptop computers and powering peripherals. The power supply works from 100V to 240V and features a standard IEC power connector so it can be used anywhere in the world.

"The Blackmagic eGPU is the world's first eGPU designed specifically for accelerating professional video workflows with DaVinci Resolve," said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. "It also adds the performance customers need for truly immersive, more realistic looking 3D game and VR experiences. Best of all, the Blackmagic eGPU gives you desktop class graphics performance on a laptop computer.

Availability and Price
The Blackmagic eGPU is available now for only US$699 exclusively from the Apple store and selected Apple retail outlets worldwide.
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10 Comments on Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic eGPU

#1
kastriot
499$ for box and 200$ for gpu.. :)
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#2
ZoneDymo
"kastriot said:
499$ for box and 200$ for gpu.. :)
Could you link me where you can get that gpu for 200 dollars?
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#3
kastriot
"ZoneDymo said:
Could you link me where you can get that gpu for 200 dollars?
Yes goto past and buy it, but i prefer wait for future and then buy it...
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#4
Xajel
"kastriot said:
499$ for box and 200$ for gpu.. :)
It's a Radeon Pro 580, it's not even out there for sale. only available in Apple's products, it uses the full Polaris GPU, the only similar in the market GPU is the Radeon Pro WX 7100 which cost $599.

Of course, Radeon Pro 580 is different, and being specialized for Apple & BlackMagic (OEM's to be specific), it will probably be cheaper than $599, much cheaper, maybe $299.. usually eGPU enclosure are still pretty expensive, the cheapest out there cost $250 IIRC.
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#5
Hardware Geek
As a Windows user, I want to know if that also will support windows. I would definitely be interested in purchasing one if it does.
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#6
Patriot
"Xajel said:
It's a Radeon Pro 580, it's not even out there for sale. only available in Apple's products, it uses the full Polaris GPU, the only similar in the market GPU is the Radeon Pro WX 7100 which cost $599.

Of course, Radeon Pro 580 is different, and being specialized for Apple & BlackMagic (OEM's to be specific), it will probably be cheaper than $599, much cheaper, maybe $299.. usually eGPU enclosure are still pretty expensive, the cheapest out there cost $250 IIRC.
It is a downclocked RX580... as that one can hit 6.2Tflops with its 36CU /2304sp
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#7
DRDNA
"Patriot said:
It is a downclocked RX580... as that one can hit 6.2Tflops with its 36CU /2304sp
whats weird is it even tho down clocked seems to score better than the non mac version.....pretty odd...
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#8
Patriot
"DRDNA said:
whats weird is it even tho down clocked seems to score better than the non mac version.....pretty odd...
"Xajel said:
It's a Radeon Pro 580, it's not even out there for sale. only available in Apple's products, it uses the full Polaris GPU, the only similar in the market GPU is the Radeon Pro WX 7100 which cost $599.

Of course, Radeon Pro 580 is different, and being specialized for Apple & BlackMagic (OEM's to be specific), it will probably be cheaper than $599, much cheaper, maybe $299.. usually eGPU enclosure are still pretty expensive, the cheapest out there cost $250 IIRC.
Eh pardon... but no.

Radeon pro 580 is nothing more than a downclocked RX580. Same 36CU count, heck even the RX480 is faster
https://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/ can help you out.

5.5Tflop vs 6.2, 38.4 vs 40.2 GPixel/s
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#9
AnarchoPrimitiv
Blackmagic should have had a model where they included one of the Decklink 4K Extreme capture cards that can do 4096x2160@60p....it would have really differentiated the product....as it is, I don't know why you'd buy this one instead of the Gigabyte with the integrated RX 580 or the Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 570 (which is tiny)
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#10
pociej
It missing one thing...
Ethernet port.
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