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Do I need an eGPU or a docking station?


macrumors member
Original poster
Nov 1, 2014
Do docking stations like the ones below have built-in video cards? Or are the docking stations just a way to consolidate I/O into one area but the dGPU or iGPU of the laptop is used?

I'm looking for a way to connect multiple 4K displays to a Macbook Pro 16" and I'm not sure if I need a docking station or an eGPU. My goal is to not use the dGPU inside of the Macbook pro 16".


macrumors 6502
Mar 28, 2019
If you want to bypass the dGPU, you've got no choice but an eGPU to run external monitors. Most MacBook pros with 2 GPUs have the external outputs hardwired to the dGPU.
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