AMD launches its Radeon Pro 5600M GPU – Exclusively for Apple’s MacBook Pro

AMD launches its Radeon Pro 5600M GPU - Exclusively for Apple's MacBook Pro

AMD launches its Radeon Pro 5600M GPU – Exclusively for Apple’s MacBook Pro

AMD has a new RDNA graphics card on the market, offering Apple’s MacBook pro users a significant performance boost in both gaming and workstation workloads. 

This new graphics card is AMD’s Radeon Pro 5600M, a new graphics card from AMD which offers customs 40 total compute units (2560 shaders), 8GB of HBM2 memory and up to 5.3 TFLOPs of compute performance. This makes the Radeon Pro 5600M a custom offering from AMD, delivering end-users specifications which are unlike AMD’s desktop-grade RX 5600 XT. 

Right now, this graphics card is exclusive to Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro, offering buyers with a 32.5% boost in FP32 performance, a 2x increase in VRAM capacity, and a 106% increase in memory bandwidth. After considering that this graphics card has a 50W TGP, the same TGP as AMD’s existing Radeon Pro 5500M, this performance boost is a big deal.   

The reasoning behind the creation of AMD’s Radeon pro 5600M graphics card is clear. Apple wanted a graphics card which offered its users plenty of performance while consuming as little power as possible. To do this, Apple is using a Radeon chip with 40 compute units, relatively low clock speeds which peak at 1035MHz and low-power HBM2 memory modules. AMD’s use of HBM2 memory also drastically decreases the physical size of the graphics processor, another factor which is beneficial for Apple’s MacBook Pro. 

  Compute Units Stream Processors FP32 TFLOPS HBM2 Memory Memory Interface
AMD Radeonâ„¢ Pro 5600M GPU 40 2560 Up to 5.3 8GB 2048-bit

 This GPU release comes one week before WWDC 2020, where Apple is expected to reveal a new range of hardware. Rumour has it that Apple plans to bring ARM-based processors into the MacBook market, staring the range’s move from x86 processors. 

AMD launches its Radeon Pro 5600M GPU - Exclusively for Apple's MacBook Pro  
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