Way back in July of this year, we first heard about the external GPU option that Apple and Blackmagic worked on together.
That initial option was the non-Pro version and it’s currently available, priced at $699. However, a Pro version has been on the way for quite some time, this one outfitted with a Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor. That’s coupled with 8GB MBM2 memory, a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a DisplayPort 1.4 port, and four USB 3 ports. The eGPU handles 85W of power delivery, and it’s priced at $1,199.
It was originally meant to start shipping in November, but with this month quickly wrapping up it looks like that won’t be the case after all. The new listing for the eGPU now shows that it will arrive in December. However, there is no specific date listed on the product page, so there’s nothing to circle on the calendar just yet.
Here’s how Apple describes the product in its quick overview:
“Get workstation-class graphics performance on any Thunderbolt 3–enabled Mac. Adding to its lineup, Blackmagic Design introduces the new Blackmagic eGPU Pro featuring a Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor with 8GB of HBM2 memory. You’ll be able to run incredibly graphics-intensive workloads that were previously possible only on iMac Pro. Housed in an all-in-one aluminum enclosure similar to that of the Blackmagic eGPU, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro has a DisplayPort connector so customers can connect a DisplayPort display for their workstation setup. The eGPU has 8GB of HBM2 memory, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a DisplayPort 1.4 port, allowing for 85W of power to charge your MacBook Pro at the same time.”
It’s compatible with any Thunderbolt 3-compatible Mac, if you do plan on picking it up sometime in December.[via 9to5Mac; Apple]