Is the eGPU the future of Mac graphics? Apple wants you to think so, and, for the first time, it has worked with an outside firm (Blackmagic Design) to produce a sanctioned eGPU solution for the Mac. Simply titled the Blackmagic Design eGPU, it’s available for $699 exclusively through the Apple Store.
It includes a Radeon Pro 580 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB-3 ports, and one HDMI 2.0 port—and it’s only compatible with Macs with Thunderbolt 3 ports. When Apple first mentioned this product, it claimed that it’s easier to set up, quieter, and smaller than most existing external GPU enclosures.