Nvidia has released new drivers for Mac OS and now users can hook up an external Pascal GPU in order to get increased graphics performance out of their laptop. We are going to take a look at the performance benefits of having an external GTX 1080 Ti hooked up to the MacBook Pro.
The option of getting some additional power can come in handy if you are a content creator, and need additional graphics performance.
Benchmarks reveal that an external GTX 1080 Ti can increase graphics performance by 4 times as compared to the RX 450 Pro, that comes in the high-end models of the MacBook Pro.
External GTX 1080 Ti Powered MacBook Pro Benchmarks
You can check out the performance numbers of the external GTX 1080 Ti powered Macbook Pro below and see the difference for yourself.
When it comes to the LUXMARK benchmark, we see that the RX 450 Pro manages to score 5,822 points but when we use the GTX 1080 Ti instead, this score is increased dramatically to 23,173. This is a significant increase in performance.
Of course, this is to be expected. The RX 450 in an entry-level GPU while the GTX 1080 Ti is a top of the line enthusiast-grade graphics card.
Furthermore, we take a look at the VALLEY benchmarks, we see that the RX 450 manages to score 706 points while the external GPU manages to score 2,353. Again a major increase in scores.
Lastly, we have the HEAVEN benchmark. Here again, we see a similar trend. The RX 450 Pro manages to score 360 points while the external GPU manages to score 1,422 points. This number increases even further to 2,640 with the use of an external display.
The performance difference is a major one and Mac users will be happy to know that now they have access to this power if they want to use an external GPU dock. The solution may not be cost effective but it is still an option that can be considered.
Let us know whether or not you would be interested in using an external GPU with your MacBoon in order to get better graphics performance.