Blackmagic and Apple partner to launch eGPU graphics processor

Blackmagic and Apple partner to launch eGPU graphics processor
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Published: 15 July 2018 - 7:06 a.m.
By: Pranav Vadehra

Blackmagic Design has launched 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 creative pros using the MacBook Pro for video workflows including 3D games and immersive VR. The Blackmagic eGPU is the first graphics processor 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.

The product is 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. Blackmagic said in a statement, the processor is ideal 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. 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 and 8GB 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 38.4 billion textured pixels per second and supports Metal graphics technology from Apple, which provides near-direct access to the GPU for maximizing graphics and compute performance.

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.

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!”

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