Apple lately unveiled a bunch of recent merchandise throughout a press event in New York. However the firm additionally quietly shared a press release with new configurations for the 15-inch MacBook Professional. Clients can now get a MacBook Professional with an AMD Radeon Professional Vega 16 or Vega 20 graphics processing unit.
Earlier than this replace, customers might solely get Radeon Professional 555X or 560X GPUs. These choices are nonetheless obtainable, however now you can pay a bit more cash to get a lot better GPUs.
Because the title suggests, Vega is a brand new technology of graphics processors. The iMac Professional comes with desktop-class Vega processors — the Vega 56 and Vega 64. The Vega 16 or Vega 20 are much less highly effective than the iMac Professional GPUs. However in addition they slot in a laptop computer and eat a lot much less energy.
Particularly, Radeon Professional GPUs use GDDR5 reminiscence similar to the PlayStation four and Xbox One X. However Vega GPUs now reap the benefits of HBM2 reminiscence, which gives extra bandwidth and consumes much less energy.
It results in a direct bump in efficiency. Apple says you may count on as a lot as 60 % sooner graphics efficiency. However we’ll have to attend for the benchmarks to know that for certain.
Vega GPUs are solely obtainable on the costliest 15-inch MacBook Professional configuration that begins at $2,799 with a Radeon Professional 560X. Upgrading to the Vega 16 prices one other $250, whereas the Vega 20 is $350 costlier than the bottom mannequin.