Apple eGPU Video Expansion NAB 2018 News for Accelerated FCPX and DaVinci Resolve

Big news heading into NAB 2018 with Apple finally officially supporting the following external gpu accelerated video work flows Today Apple released macOS 10.13.4 to the public, bringing official external graphics support to the Mac. Apple has published a new document to help users navigate the ins and outs of eGPU support, including a list of eligible Mac hardware, external graphics enclosures, and GPUs. If you’re considering adopting an external graphics setup, then you definitely want to be familiar with Apple’s published requirements.

AValive will be renting these approved configurations and they can be found here:

Why use an external GPU?

External GPUs provide extra graphics processing power for graphics-intensive applications. eGPUs are able to accelerate apps that use Metal, OpenGL. and OpenCL. Games are the obvious application, but machine learning applications also stand to heavily benefit. What’s even more interesting is that the Mac can support multiple eGPUs simultaneously, which opens up lots of possibilities for applications that can take advantage of the processing power provided by such a setup.

Officially supported Macs

The following Macs support eGPU setups:

  • 2016 MacBook Pro
  • 2017 MacBook Pro
  • 2017 4K iMac
  • 2017 5K iMac
  • 2017 iMac Pro
  • Recommended eGPUs
  • Apple recommends a variety of GPUs, but these only include offering from AMD. Supported cards include:
    AMD Radeon RX 570
    AMD Radeon RX 580
    Radeon Pro WX 7100
    AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
    AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
    Vega Frontier Edition Air
    Radeon Pro WX 9100

Approved External Enclosures:

OWC Mercury Helios FX (85W Power Delivery)
PowerColor Devil Box
Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box 550W (85W Power Delivery)
Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box 650W (85W Power Delivery)

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