The long-anticipated Blackmagic eGPU Pro, which became available to order last month, should finally be arriving soon to customers. Those placing orders for the RX Vega 56-powered external graphics chassis should receive the Blackmagic eGPU Pro this week.
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Delivery of the Apple Store-exclusive Blackmagic eGPU Pro is scheduled for as early as Tuesday, January 15th. In-store pickup is also available for most regions, and we’re seeing Wednesday availability for that.
Like its predecessor, the $1199 Blackmagic eGPU Pro is aimed at customers looking for a set-it-and-forget-it solution, and don’t mind paying a large premium for the privilege. One of my biggest complaints in my review of the original Blackmagic eGPU was the inclusion of a relatively pedestrian and non-upgradable Radeon Pro 580 GPU.
As I noted in our initial availability post, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro is a low value offering from a pure performance perspective, but if it meets your specific needs — all-in-one form-factor, quiet chassis, 5K display passthrough — then the high price could be worth it to you.
Most users that need an eGPU will be much better off with a Razer Core X, which is a standalone chassis that can be upgraded with a GPU of your choice. There are downsides, of course, with this approach, but it’s a much more value-laden method for adding an eGPU to your Mac.
The Blackmagic eGPU Pro, along with all other Thunderbolt 3 eGPUs, can be used with the majority of Macs that Apple currently sells, including the just-revised 2018 MacBook Air, and 2018 Mac mini. As long as the Mac you’re using supports Thunderbolt 3, then you’ll be able to gain additional graphics performance via an eGPU.
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