AMD has repurposed the Intel Vega GPU lovechild for Apple’s new MacBook Pro

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Apple MacBook Pro with Vega Mobile

Apple and AMD have simply introduced that the brand new MacBook Pro notebooks will arrive in November sporting shiny new Radeon Pro Vega graphics {hardware}. There are two particular designs coming to the brand new fruity laptops, the Pro Vega 20 and the Pro Vega 16. This represents the primary time the Vega GPUs have appeared on their very own in pocket book kind, with AMD promising “world-class HD gaming” from the cut-down cell variations of its high graphics silicon.

We have, in fact, already seen a little bit Vega cell goodness within the type of the Kaby Lake G processors ensuing from the unholy union of AMD and Intel. That coupling produced the Vega M graphics part, which is definitely a little bit extra highly effective than the standalone possibility that AMD is saddling the ultra-expensive MacBook Pro machines with.

The high Radeon Pro Vega 20 GPU has – you guessed it – 20 next-gen compute items (nCU) inside it, which interprets to 1,280 Graphics Core Next (GCN) cores. The Vega M GH Intel has shipped accommodates 24 nCUs, for a complete of 1,536 GCN cores.

The Vega M GH chip by no means made it into precise laptops, nonetheless, and needed to make do with sitting contained in the Hades Canyon NUCs, providing spectacular gaming efficiency. The Vega M GL was an virtually similar 20 nCU chip, and that did hit slimline laptops, within the form of the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1.

So the large information is that AMD is giving Apple the weaker model of the chip it has already shipped off to Intel firstly of the 12 months. Seems like good enterprise to us. Less good enterprise for anybody selecting up a 15-inch MacBook Pro for nigh-on $3,000. The identical GPU within the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is offered for round half the worth if anybody’s … although it doesn’t actually have the correct emblem, does it?

But then these with a penchant for Apple units are typically of the money-no-object type so it hardly issues. Either that or the stick-it-on-a-credit-card-a-go-into-hiding form of people.

AMD Vega Mobile

The Vega Mobile GPUs include 4GB of HBM2 reminiscence and can ship a modicum of gaming in the event you don’t thoughts chopping the graphics settings right down to measurement. Just don’t anticipate to be gaming on the Retina decision of the brand new MacBooks. These are HD gaming GPUs, which most likely interprets to 720p gaming reasonably than 1080p. Though AMD is claiming “stunning 1080p HD gaming at ultra settings in today’s top AAA and esports games.”

I believe that’s most likely a bit bold – the 1,536 GCN core NUC couldn’t hit 40fps on the high 1080p settings in Rise of the Tomb Raider and struggled to 27fps within the Heaven benchmark. ‘Stunning 1080p HD gaming’ on a 1,280 GCN core chip, with a possible slower clock velocity, goes to be so much tougher. Stuttering 1080p HD gaming is likely to be extra correct…


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