One of the main selling points for a notebook featuring Thunderbolt 3 was its ability to support and connect eGPU solutions. The extra graphical power could come in handy while rendering a video, playing a game, etc., but today Apple announced that the latest M1 Mac doesn’t support these solutions even though they feature Thunderbolt ports.
All the three M1 Mac models, M1 MacBook Air, the M1 MacBook Pro, or the M1 Mac mini doesn’t support eGPU. This was discovered by checking each product’s technical specifications and realizing that Blackmagic eGPU isn’t mentioned, which is Apple’s preferred external GPU enclosure. Now the question arises that how will users increase Mac’s graphical power.?
During the presentation, Apple claimed that there 5nm M1 chip features the world’s fastest integrated graphics solution. This is good news, but consumers who require extra graphics power will expect that the Macs will soon feature a dedicated GPU. A tipster believes that Apple may take years to launch a dedicated chip for customers.
However, Apple is reportedly working on a desktop-class A14T chip for the upcoming iMac, so you should be hopeful as Apple is developing a dedicated GPU. On the other hand, Apple’s integrated graphic solutions are pretty good as the previously leaked OpenCL test show that the A12Z Bionic outperforms both the Ryzen 5 4500U and Core i7-1065G7 iGPUs hence we can expect the M1 GPU to be more powerful.
If A12Z Bionic is capable of running Final Cut Pro and editing three streams of 4K Pro Res video that too on a 6K Pro Display XDR, then why can’t the M1’s 8-core GPU perform better.