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Blackmagic eGPU Pro mini-review: Quiet, fast, and extremely expensive—like a Mac

April 26th, 2019

There are many criticisms of Apple's Mac products, but one of the most commonly cited is that they often don't have graphics power that's comparable to what you'd see in similarly priced Windows machines. Unfortunately, the company currently offers no desktop tower in which you could, say, slot two super-powerful gaming graphics cards, either.

Some of that could change soon when Apple moves to its own silicon on Macs or when it introduces a new Mac Pro. But for now, the company's official answer to this line of criticism is doubling down on external GPU support in macOS. Support for this began during the High Sierra cycle and was expanded upon in some helpful ways in last year's Mojave OS release.

In addition to providing software support for eGPUs, Apple has developed what is more or less its official-ish eGPU solution, in much the same that a couple of LG's monitors have been Apple's recommended external displays for a while now. The company did so by partnering with hardware-maker Blackmagic Design, an Australia-based company that specializes in products for video professionals. The first eGPU from Blackmagic included an AMD Radeon Pro 580 and was priced at $699. We reviewed it late last summer and found that—while it was quiet and easy-to-use, and the GPU was a big upgrade over the integrated graphics in many Macs—we wished a higher-end GPU option was offered for creative professionals and hardcore gamers who needed more.

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The Razer Blade Stealth gets an overhaul with a 4K display and better graphics

December 4th, 2018

Razer

The Razer Blade Stealth was always intended to be a non-gaming machine from a company that calls itself a "lifestyle brand for gamers." Or at least, it's a computer that could blend in at a business meeting instead of screaming, "I am a gamer, look at all these crazy lights!" A 2018 update to the device that went on sale today has a tone-on-tone logo on the back that looks a little less attention grabbing than the bright-green Razer logo from before, and it doubles down on the previous model's ultraportable credentials with slimmer bezels.

But the biggest improvements are actually in performance. The new Razer Blade Stealth comes in three configurations at $1,399, $1,599, and $1,899, and the top two add discrete graphics (NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory). The entry-level spec still just has integrated Intel HD Graphics 620. The second-tier spec with the MX150 (and an additional 8GB of memory over the base spec, bringing it to 16GB 2133MHz) is only $200 more than the base spec, making it a tempting upgrade for gamers.

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