Wednesday, October 31st 2018

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic eGPU Pro

Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic eGPU Pro, an external graphics processor featuring the blazingly fast AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor. Designed to accelerate pro creative software such as DaVinci Resolve, 3D games and VR, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro delivers nearly twice the performance of the original Blackmagic eGPU model and up to 22x faster performance than the built-in graphics on a 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The Blackmagic eGPU Pro features a built-in AMD Radeon RX Vega 56, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a new DisplayPort for connecting 5K displays, HDMI 2.0, 85W of charging power and four USB 3.1 connections. Designed in collaboration with Apple, the integrated design brings cutting-edge workstation-class graphics processing and computational acceleration to customers working in professional video, playing 3D games or using the latest virtual reality software.
The Blackmagic eGPU Pro will be available in Novemeber for only US$1,199 from apple.com.

The Blackmagic eGPU Pro features 8GB of HBM2 RAM, a massive 2048-bit memory interface with 410 gigabyte per second bandwidth, and 56 discreet compute units for up to 10.5 teraflops of processing power. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 can fill 94 billion textured pixels per second. In addition, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro supports Metal graphics technology from Apple, which provides near-direct access to the GPU for maximizing graphics and compute performance with games and applications.

With nearly 2x faster performance than the previous eGPU model, customers running DaVinci Resolve will get more realtime effects and color correction than ever before. That means they can spend more time exploring creative options and less time waiting. Customers running DaVinci Resolve on a 13-inch MacBook Pro will find that GPU-intensive operations, such as noise reduction, are up to 22x faster with the Blackmagic eGPU Pro. DaVinci Resolve 15 also supports multiple GPUs as well as Metal, so it's the best way to get the full benefit of the Blackmagic eGPU Pro. 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.

For gamers and customers using VR software and headsets, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro delivers higher resolution images, higher frame rate gameplay, better lighting and more detailed textures for truly immersive experiences, even on a laptop computer. Plus, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro features a DisplayPort connection that can drive a 5K display.

The elegant, textured finish of the Blackmagic eGPU Pro 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, which is vital for those working in video production and audio engineering environments.

In addition to graphics and computational acceleration, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro is also the perfect docking hub for connecting devices such as keyboards, mice, Thunderbolt monitors, big screen HDMI televisions, 5K displays, VR headsets, high speed storage and more. It features two 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 connections, a built-in 4 port USB hub, DisplayPort and HDMI. Plus, the connections are ergonomically spaced, making it easy to connect and disconnect peripherals.

When it comes to power, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro has a 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 new Blackmagic eGPU Pro is exciting because it delivers nearly twice the performance of the original model of the Blackmagic eGPU," said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. "Whether you're editing and color grading professional video with DaVinci Resolve, playing 3D games or working in VR, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro gives you the latest cutting edge graphics performance and computational acceleration available. It simply makes everything faster and makes everything look better!"

Availability and Price
The Blackmagic eGPU Pro will be available in Novemeber for only US$1,199 from apple.com.
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17 Comments on Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic eGPU Pro

#1
Assimilator
"only US$1,199" for a GPU that isn't worth half of that, LMAO.
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#2
SetsunaFZero
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"only US$1,199" for a GPU that isn't worth half of that, LMAO.
This is aimed for Apple fanboys and so is the price :D
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#3
StrayKAT
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"only US$1,199" for a GPU that isn't worth half of that, LMAO.
Seriously. I like AMD and Apple, but that's just goofy.
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#4
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
SetsunaFZero said:
This is aimed for Apple fanboys and so is the price :D
That is right. You can build a desktop for that price
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#5
Xx Tek Tip xX
btarunr said:
for only US$1,199 from apple.com.
"only" :laugh: guess it'll sell well to fanboys
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#6
bonehead123
"Designed in collaboration with Apple"

HAHAHAHAHAHA........This should read "Designed AND priced in collaboration with Apple, so they can collect their fruity Tax levy and get some free (for them) advertising too" :D
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#7
Vya Domus
StrayKAT said:
Seriously. I like AMD and Apple, but that's just goofy.
I mean goofy or not he is right. This is aimed at Apple users who seem to be the only ones interested in these crazy expensive eGPU solutions.
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#8
StrayKAT
Vya Domus said:
I mean goofy or not he is right. This is aimed at Apple users who seem to be the only ones interested in these crazy expensive eGPU solutions.
Still, similar things exist for PCs for much cheaper. Like this Alienware "graphics amplifier": https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/alienware-graphics-amplifier/apd/452-bcfe/gaming

AND you can put whatever card you want in there (or up to 375w). The component above cost $150 though.
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#9
silentbogo
StrayKAT said:
The component above cost $150 though.
That's because DELL Graphics Amplifier was a failure and they are selling it at manufacturing cost (basically charging for enclosure and PSU, cause there are pretty much no active electronic parts inside).
Plus it's not your typical TB3 enclosure - it's essentially a big-ass PCIe x4 riser w/ hotplug enabled on the client side.

Still, even a TB3 eGPU enclosure with similar specs starts at around $200 point, so at "only" $1199 it'd better come with a case of hennessy and a minivan full of strippers...
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#10
king of swag187
You could get a Razer Core+1080/V64 for
like $600-700 alone
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#11
StrayKAT
king of swag187 said:
You could get a Razer Core+1080/V64 for
like $600-700 alone
I guess that's more equivalent. Plus it works with Macs apparently (the Core X I just looked at does at least).
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#12
fullinfusion
Vanguard Beta Tester
You guys do know that DaVinci black magic is actually free! You can scroll to the bottom of their page and there's a beta option and you will be able to take advantage of all the features mentioned in this article. I use DaVinci for almost a year now with no issues.

Another thing is you will be notified when a new version comes out and basically you own the beta copy. So once you download and install the beta you can either stick with that version or upgrade to a newer version, it's entirely up to you.
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#13
Nephilim666
Are the 2x TB3 ports for daisy chaining or does this somehow link aggregate them for pciex8 equivalent?
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#14
Assimilator
fullinfusion said:
You guys do know that DaVinci black magic is actually free! You can scroll to the bottom of their page and there's a beta option and you will be able to take advantage of all the features mentioned in this article. I use DaVinci for almost a year now with no issues.

Another thing is you will be notified when a new version comes out and basically you own the beta copy. So once you download and install the beta you can either stick with that version or upgrade to a newer version, it's entirely up to you.
um
okay
how is this relevant to the story at hand?
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#15
king of swag187
Nephilim666 said:
Are the 2x TB3 ports for daisy chaining or does this somehow link aggregate them for pciex8 equivalent?
Daisy chaining ofc
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#16
Ubersonic
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"only US$1,199" for a GPU that isn't worth half of that, LMAO.
Funny thing is, if this had launched six months ago they would be flying off the shelves at these prices xD
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#17
fullinfusion
Vanguard Beta Tester
Assimilator said:
um
okay
how is this relevant to the story at hand?
Ah sorry man I was on my phone and mis-read, anyways I thought you commented on the price of the SOFTWARE, after looking back I see it was in reference to the card.

Sorry about that :oops:
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