Not one but two AMD Radeon Vega Mobile graphics processors are available as configuration options on Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro, starting late November. Just in time for Christmas!
Presented as the ultimate premium graphics solution, the new generation of AMD Radeon Vega Mobile graphics processors includes the AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 and Radeon Pro Vega 16 graphics, which will be available as configuration options on Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro starting late November.
AMD Radeon Vega Mobile graphics deliver, claims the company, amazing performance in 3D rendering, photo and video editing, and other creative applications, as well as stunning 1080p HD gaming at ultra settings in today’s top AAA and eSports games.
Inside the 15-inch MacBook Pro
The processors offer fast, powerful and fluid graphics performance for next-generation notebooks. Powered by the AMD “Vega” architecture, they were engineered to excel in notebooks for cool and quiet operation. With a razor-thin design, the processor features HBM2 memory (2nd Generation High Bandwidth Memory). Because HBM2 memory is located on the GPU package it takes up less space on the PCB than GDDR5 memory (in which the memory is located on the PCB itself). This allows not only to create thinner laptops, but also enhances mobile productivity when using a laptop.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with the Radeon Pro Vega GPU options — the first discrete mobile Vega GPUs in a notebook —, elevates the notebook experience to a whole new level of performance and portability. Featuring the same graphics architecture used in iMac Pro, Vega delivers an enhanced compute engine and by using HBM2 doubles the memory bandwidth to the GPU, while doing so at considerably lower power, so more of the graphics power budget can be used by the GPU itself. The result is, according to Apple, significantly faster graphics performance — up to 60 percent faster than the Radeon Pro 560X — for tackling demanding video, 3D, rendering, and compute workloads.
Accelerating workloads in 3D visualization
“Radeon Vega Mobile graphics raise the bar for performance in notebooks,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. “They provide the best of both worlds: amazing performance for creative applications and visually stunning, responsive gaming for today’s biggest titles in a mobile form factor.”
Radeon Pro Vega 20 and Radeon Pro Vega 16 graphics processors breeze through today’s most demanding rendering, gaming and editing workloads. Next-generation “Vega” architecture compute units (nCU) and Rapid Packed Math bring fast and flexible computational capabilities, accelerating workloads in real-time graphics like 3D visualization. AMD Radeon and FirePro GPUs based on the Graphics Core Next architecture consist of multiple discrete execution engines known as a Compute Unit (“CU”). Each CU contains 64 shaders (“Stream Processors”) working together.
The AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 and Radeon Pro Vega 16 graphics are new configuration options on the 15-inch MacBook Pro, coming late November.