This week we got to take a look at the Blackmagic eGPU with a Radeon Pro 580 alongside a 2018 15″ MacBook Pro.
The Blackmagic eGPU features an AMD Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor, 85W of power for charging your laptop and powering peripherals, docking support for 2 additional displays via HDMI and USB-C, and four additional USB 3 ports for devices such as keyboards, mice, and other peripherals!
It’s compatible with any Mac that has a thunderbolt 3 port. On a MacBook Pro you can have the portability whilst on the go and have the desktop class graphics through one thunderbolt 3 lead.
The results were a significant improvement. In GeekBench 4 a 2018 MacBook Pro with a 2.9 Core i9, 32GB DDR4 Memory and an AMD Radeon Pro 560X scored 61,892 whereas the same Mac with the eGPU connected scores an impressive 111,513, almost double the score. Applications such as Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro have significant performance increases with some exports being 13x faster. A huge time saver for creative professionals.