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. 

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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.”