Apple Boosts 16-Inch MacBook Pro Performance With Radeon Pro 5600M
Jun 19 2020
The base model for the 16-inch laptop is now priced at RM12,199, but if you choose to get the AMDRadeon Pro 5600M with 8GB of HBM2 memory, you'll need to spurge another RM2,800 - yes, it's that pricey.
Aside from the new graphics update to the 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple is also adding a new SSD kit for the Mac Pro which will allow customers to easily upgrade their internal storage from its original base configuration. Said XPS 15 beat the 16-inch MacBook Pro on the Shadow of the Tomb Raider test, running it at 29 frames per second vs the MacBook's 27.2 fps. It is powered by a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core Processor, has 8GB of DDR3 memory, a PCI-E Solid State Drive, and has integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics. But man, it's all in the SSD storage upgrade that adds a big chunk to the cost.
Compared to desktop variants such as the Radeon 5700XT, it's on a par with that choice in many ways. The HBM memory will definitely shine in the bandwidth-hungry applications. Indeed, AMD reckons it utilises just 50W of power which means the 40 CUs, 160 texture units, 8GB of VRAM, and assumed 64 ROPs is impressive going in a small package like that. RDNA is fully equipped to handle either HBM2 or GDDR6. Apple reckons the GPU offers up to 75 percent performance improvement over previous cards which sounds about right. It is a Navi 12 GPU that is a successor to the Radeon Pro Vega 20 and Vega 16 GPUs mostly used in Apple's MacBooks, designed for professional workloads. It's either a $700 or $800 upcharge, depending on which tier of the MacBook Pro you're buying.