2019 Macbook Pro With an eGPU Versus 2019 i9 5K iMac

Can you supercharge your 4L video editing on a 2019 Macbook Pro with an eGPU or are you better off with a 2019 i9 5K iMac? Check out this article to learn more.

Nothing beats a laptop for creative professionals on the go, but unfortunately, what you gain in portability, you often lose in power with a laptop computer. There is no doubt you will gain improved performance from a dedicated desktop all-in-one like the 2019 i9 5k iMac over a similar MacBook Pro.

Mobile processors and graphics card are often not as powerful as the ones you will find in a desktop version with similar specs. But can you make up for that lack of 4K video editing power with a eGPU configured with a more powerful external graphics card like the Radeon Vega 64 or the Radeon VII? 


In theory, it sounds like a great workaround for someone who wants portability while traveling but added performance for 4K video editing when they are home. You would also be able to attach a larger monitor to the eGPU for added screen real estate but is it worth the added expense? 

I don’t want to spoil the results of the included video, and I encourage you to watch it if this is a similar setup you are considering for yourself in the near future. Let me know what you think of the conclusions of the video in the comment section below.

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Ryan Cooper's picture

I'm still waiting for a 32gb of RAM 12" MacBook that I can run with an EGPU set up. Might not be as powerful but I'm tired of having big machines. Unfortunately, Apple seems to insist that users have to buy a top end MBP before we are allowed to break that 16gb of ram barrier...

I believe there are issues with power consumption the higher the RAM. http://www.iphonehacks.com/2016/11/macbook-pro-16gb-ram-breakdown.html

Michael Aubrey's picture

Saying that Vega 64 is the best bang for buck the day reviews drop for AMD's new (faster, better priced) RX 5700 (XT).


If you don't want to spend 10 minutes of your life on a talking head with some website commercial all graphs from the video is here https://imgur.com/a/hFlOjAH

Alec Kinnear's picture

Thanks. I get tired of Max and his endless enthusiastic blathering and horrid colour correction. The graphs by themselves are very useful.

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