2013 Mac Pro (FP D500 x2) [3rd,6C,E] + RP 580 @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (Blackmagic eGPU) + macOS 10.13.6 [itsage]
My 2016 15" MacBook Pro is currently at a repair facility due to the stuck keyboard issue. In the meantime, I have no Thunderbolt 3 Mac to test the Blackmagic eGPU. It's a good thing because the 2013 Mac Pro trashcan is the perfect host. There are many elements of this new eGFX that were clearly inspired by the trashcan design.
Late 2013 Mac Pro – Xeon E5-1650 v2/2x Radeon FirePro D500 dGPU/32GB RAM/1TB SSD
Blackmagic Design eGPU + Radeon Pro 580 + Apple TB3 to TB Adapter + 2m Thunderbolt 2 cable
@Mac_editor's Purge-wrangler script was all I needed to get this setup going. Hot-plug, sleep, and hot-unplug have been working well. I don't have a Thunderbolt 3 monitor like the LG Ultrafine 5K so I used the Mantiz Titan dock to convert the TB3 monitor output into DisplayPort. The good news is this eGFX can provide Thunderbolt 3 monitor output. The bad news is it's not working well in Windows.
Blackmagic Design built this eGFX to cater to Mac users only. Bootcamp is even worse than the other eGPU solutions we've used. The main issue is identification of the graphics card or lack thereof. AMD drivers and settings have a hard time figuring out what it is and struggle to install/upgrade drivers.
When I tried with the Razer Blade Stealth, an eGPU-certified host, the Blackmagic was detected and worked in internal display mode because I had Radeon drivers already. The more concerning issue I found is no monitor output from this eGPU in Windows. I have had no success connecting the HDMI port directly to the monitor and Thunderbolt 3 indirectly through the Mantiz Titan dock. If you're planning on using Windows, this is not the eGFX for you.
Yes. The Razer Core X. works on both Windows and macOS.
Strange. According to the official page of Blackmagic eGPU Q&A :
Can I use an Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter with an older Thunderbolt 2 computer?
No, the Blackmagic eGPU won't work with Thunderbolt 2 computers as they don't support the speed required for good eGPU performance.
So I can just ignore that? @itsage
@sheldontung Apple does not support eGPU on Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2 Macs. Therefore they have to keep it consistent and state the Blackmagic eGPU doesn't work with the Mac Pro trashcan (TB2). I used @mac_editor's Purge-Wrangler script to enable eGPU support on the trashcan and was able to use the Blackmagic eGPU.
Hi @itsage great work on this project. I'm very interested in your comment 'The good news is this eGFX can provide Thunderbolt 3 monitor output.'.
I am currently using a l2013 15' MBP with TB2 (and dGPU nvidia GT 750M)
Thanks for this write up! Thanks to the script I was able to have this working in seconds in 10.14.5. I'm able to confirm via SwitchResX that the Blackmagic Radeon Pro 580 is able to drive the LG Ultrafine 5k at it's full 5k resolution via the eGPU on the 2013 Mac Pro. Pretty neat!
Are you able to use brightness control, webcam etc?