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Apple, Blackmagic team up for new eGPU for new MacBook Pros

Along with new MacBook Pros, Apple is selling the $699 Blackmagic eGPU , 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. Featuring the Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, the Blackmagic eGPU sports two Thunderbolt ports, four USB 3 ports, four UBS 3 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, and 85W power delivery.

As noted by The Verge, it’s 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. Apple says you can “pair the Blackmagic eGPU with the stunning resolution and immaculate visuals of the LG UltraFine 5K Display for the ultimate Mac setup.”

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.