Sonnet refreshes portable eGPU Breakaway Puck line with more powerful processors

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in General Discussion edited January 10
Sonnet has announced a pair of eGPU Breakaway Pucks for Thunderbolt 3 Intel-based Macs which can greatly improve performance compared to built-in GPUs.

Sonnet eGPU Breakaway Pucks with Radeon integrated graphics
Sonnet eGPU Breakaway Pucks with Radeon integrated graphics


The eGPU Breakaway Puck Radeon RX5500 XT and eGPU Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 5700 are portable all-in-one eGPUs. These small pucks can be mounted to your desktop Mac or tossed in a bag for mobile needs.

The pucks are updated models from previous generations with up to 300% performance improvements in the same form factor. The eGPUs now have two USB ports for connecting peripherals and a second Thunderbolt port for an additional external display.

The two breakaway boxes have integrated Radeon graphics that are meant to be a big upgrade from whatever GPU is installed on your Intel-based Mac. The eGPU can also accelerate your external monitor when applicable, and supports powering up to four external displays.

Sonnet previously introduced more powerful eGPU enclosures boxes with 750W power supplies. These are larger devices, with users needing to provide their own AMD PCI-E GPU card.

Minus the power supply, the eGPU Breakaway Pucks measure 6 inches wide by 5 inches deep by 2 inches tall. At this size they can easily be placed in your computer bag for on-the-go work.

The breakaway boxes support three external monitors out of the box, but can have a fourth monitor when using the Dual DisplayPort adapter. These eGPUs are not compatible with M1 equipped Macs, nor can they be upgraded by end-users with new PCI-E cards.

eGPU Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 5500 XT:

  • Second Thunderbolt 3 port for additional 6K display
  • DisplayPort 1.4 port for a 4K monitor
  • HDMI 2.0 port
  • Two USB 3.2 Type A ports
  • 60W laptop charging
  • 4GB GDDR6 video memory
  • 30-bit color HDR support
  • $599.99 on Amazon

eGPU Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 5700:

  • Second Thunderbolt 3 port for additional 6K display
  • DisplayPort 1.4 port for a 4K monitor
  • HDMI 2.0 port
  • Two USB 3.2 Type A ports
  • 60W laptop charging
  • 8GB GDDR6 video memory
  • 30-bit color HDR support
  • $899.99 on Amazon
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    davgregdavgreg Posts: 903member
    As the owner of a fully upgraded Intel Mac mini and an M1 Mac mini I would love to see the benchmarks on how these eGPU models compare to the Apple Silicon.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 8
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,275administrator
    davgreg said:
    As the owner of a fully upgraded Intel Mac mini and an M1 Mac mini I would love to see the benchmarks on how these eGPU models compare to the Apple Silicon.
    They're faster. The GPU on the M1 mini is about equivalent to a RX570. By how much, I'm not sure.

    If I get time this week, I'll install the RX5700 I have on hand in my eGPU case. Should be a close approximation, if not identical.
    edited January 6 watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 8
    davgreg said:
    As the owner of a fully upgraded Intel Mac mini and an M1 Mac mini I would love to see the benchmarks on how these eGPU models compare to the Apple Silicon.
    This may help: https://www.sonnettech.com/product/egpu-breakaway-puck/overview.html#performance-tabs

    edited January 6 watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 8
    GG1GG1 Posts: 458member
    davgreg said:
    As the owner of a fully upgraded Intel Mac mini and an M1 Mac mini I would love to see the benchmarks on how these eGPU models compare to the Apple Silicon.
    This may help: https://www.sonnettech.com/product/egpu-breakaway-puck/overview.html#performance-tabs

    Interesting info!

    I was about to get an eGPU with 5700 and the latest (Intel) Mac Mini, but then the Mini M1 was released. Now I'm waiting to see the next round of M-series releases, as the GPU in the M1 seems quite capable for its TDP.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 8
    mjtomlinmjtomlin Posts: 2,476member
    GG1 said:
    davgreg said:
    As the owner of a fully upgraded Intel Mac mini and an M1 Mac mini I would love to see the benchmarks on how these eGPU models compare to the Apple Silicon.
    This may help: https://www.sonnettech.com/product/egpu-breakaway-puck/overview.html#performance-tabs

    Interesting info!

    I was about to get an eGPU with 5700 and the latest (Intel) Mac Mini, but then the Mini M1 was released. Now I'm waiting to see the next round of M-series releases, as the GPU in the M1 seems quite capable for its TDP.

    We'll eventually (macOS 12) see the return of eGPU support in ASi Macs when Apple releases SoCs with similar GPU performance to discreet GPUs. It's obvious [to me] that Apple does not want to cannibalize sales of higher end Intel systems while they're waiting to release ASi versions to replace them.

    /theory
    GG1watto_cobrafrantisek
  • Reply 6 of 8
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,275administrator
    Loaners are now officially inbound for us to test the pucks.

    No specific timetable, but it's coming.
    GG1watto_cobradocno42
  • Reply 7 of 8
    mattinozmattinoz Posts: 1,658member
    The addition of USB ports on the new models certainly makes them more interesting.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 8
    davgreg said:
    As the owner of a fully upgraded Intel Mac mini and an M1 Mac mini I would love to see the benchmarks on how these eGPU models compare to the Apple Silicon.

    Search youtube. You can find some tests. I do not wanna put competing reviews here.

    But I wonder we do not hear any rumors about when Apple plans to release higher end models of Mac Mini. Whether with M1X or M2 chip.
    edited January 8
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