MacOS officially supports external GPU’s

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Last year in June Apple announced that it would add support for external GPU’s to MacOS, and since a year the feature has finally arrived

With the latest update to MacOS High Sierra you can connect a number of different graphic cards via Thunderbolt 3 port and use the additional power to speed up various processes including games and video editing, Apple has highlighted that it’s use for VR

eGPUs are supported on MacBook Pro notebooks released in 2016 and later, iMac computers introduced in 2017 and later, and iMac Pro. Your Mac must also have macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 installed.

With eGPU support in macOS 10.13.4, you can:

  • Accelerate applications that use Metal, OpenGL, and OpenCL
  • Connect additional external monitors and displays
  • Use virtual reality headsets plugged into the eGPU
  • Charge your MacBook Pro while using the eGPU
  • Use an eGPU with your MacBook Pro while its built-in display is closed
  • Connect an eGPU while a user is logged in
  • Connect more than one eGPU using the multiple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports on your Mac2
  • Use the menu bar item to safely disconnect the eGPU
  • View the activity levels of built-in and external GPUs. Open Activity Monitor, then choose Window > GPU History.
  • More details can be found here

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