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detunedradios
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Looks like Blackmagic and Apple stealth-launched a new version of their eGPU enclosure, with a RX Vega 56. Priced at $1199. The Radeon Pro 580 model is still around at $699. Neither is a particularly great deal, but if you need an eGPU to drive a TB3 display, now you can at least get a Vega.

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Eightarmedpet
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Holy cow, that Vega version is way too much, the 580 didnt feel too bad but the Vega...

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@detunedradios Thank you for sharing. In my review of the Blackmagic eGPU, I noticed the PSU has enough juice for a Vega 56. Glad to see they made it but the price is too damn high.

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Two ports are connected to the Titan Ridge Thunderbolt controller. One port for HDMI 2.0. One port for DisplayPort 1.4. That's four ports which means the BlackMagic eGPU Pro is only waisting two ports instead of the BlackMagic eGPU's three waisted ports.

In contrast, the Gigabyte - Radeon RX VEGA 56 8GB video card has six ports.

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The original Blackmagic eGPU is a Radeon Pro 580, which is essentially a RX 580 on performance but has "Radeon Pro" Pro driver certification in case we need to use special softwares that do not even start with non workstation GPUs.

Now that the Vega 56 on the new Blackmagic is NOT a Pro Vega 56, there is nothing special about it, I can just build it myself.
By the way I picked Vega FE instead of Vega 64 because it can do anything a Pro Vega 64 can do and has 16 GB of VRAM instead of 8GB.

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According to this screen [email protected] new egpu much faster with mbp13 then with mbp15. This is looks very weird  cause 15 models have more powerful cpus. Can someone confirm this who has the experience with any egpu used in mbp13 and mbp15?

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Eightarmedpet
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You can't build it yourself really... this enclosure is custom built with a custom (layout wise) GPU to run silent and directly power the LG Ultrafine displays, I'm not saying its not worth building your own for 99% of people, but whatever you will build, for far less money, will not be the same as this.

I wonder if Bootcamp set up will be easier if this is a standard Vega ID?

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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Blackmagic Design confuses me with their naming scheme for these eGPU solutions. The lower tier Blackmagic eGPU has a Radeon Pro 580 while the higher tier Blackmagic eGPU Pro has a Radeon RX Vega 56. In other words, the non-pro eGFX uses a Pro GPU and the pro eGFX uses a non-pro GPU.

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Posted by: Zipski

According to this screen [email protected] new egpu much faster with mbp13 then with mbp15. This is looks very weird  cause 15 models have more powerful cpus. Can someone confirm this who has the experience with any egpu used in mbp13 and mbp15?

The speed multiplier is comparing the speed of the eGPU with the speed of the particular mbp. 100% on the mbp15 is faster than 100% on the mbp13. Therefore the mbp15 will see less performance increase from an eGPU than the mbp13.

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DanHC
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Posted by: Zipski

According to this screen [email protected] new egpu much faster with mbp13 then with mbp15. This is looks very weird  cause 15 models have more powerful cpus. Can someone confirm this who has the experience with any egpu used in mbp13 and mbp15?

The chart refers to relative performance gain.

mbp15 is more powerful than the mbp13, so the gain in terms of multiplier in using an eGPU with it is relatively less.

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