Blackmagic eGPU Review - Apple's UltraFine Curse
@oliverb cheers for the reply! Gotta be careful about claiming it will work for TB3 Monitors in Windows as all reports say it doesn't and no one has done successfully, but... reading through the thread again people who got it working with normal monitors MAY have been using workarounds that I tried which also caused issues with TB3 displays due to bandwidth restrictions - this resulted in USB peripherals and sound working but not an actual picture.
Going to see how busy I am over the next month or so and if I have time to grab one from the Apple store, test and return if Windows is a no go... (also a used one just popped up on ebay but I think I'd want to be able to return if it doesn't work fully).
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
I didn't say anything about Windows and said "should", so there is no real claim by me;)
It I were you I would do the same, grab one, test it and return if it doesn't work. I would also take the Vega56 version even though it's really expensive. But I don't expect it to lose a lot of value in the next time.
Okay, I'm a photographer and recently updated my 4.1 Early 2009 Mac Pro for the new Mac Mini 2018 3.2 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM with a Benq SW271 4K monitor. I noticed that the video performance on the new Mac Mini is not as good as I expected, the Before/After when applying filters for example, is slow, so I believe I need a decent external eGPU to fix that. As I can see, the Blackmagic eGPU is not a good deal as it is not upgradable and it is overpriced. So, what are my other options, taking in consideration that I'm based in UK. Any help?
It's not more overprized than other Apple devices. If I needed a eGPU for professional work (where time costs more than hardware), it would definitely be my first choice (or the Sonnet Breakaway Puck 570). Those devices may be expensive, but they are high quality, very silent and they work.
@drtung2708, Apple never officially supported the use of eGPU in Boot Camp so there's no fix from them. Different versions of Windows 10 and/or Radeon drivers may help with getting the Blackmagic eGPU to work. Check our build guides that use matching components.