MacBook Pro Getting AMD Radeon Vega Graphics in November

Apple quietly announced today that its MacBook Pro, which was not updated on stage at its Brooklyn event, will be getting a graphics bump. That comes courtesy of AMD's Radeon Vega Mobile discrete graphics.

The new update will come "next month," only on the most expensive model: a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar that starts at $2,799 before configuration options. It will be "configurable to Radeon Pro Vega 16 with 4GB of HBM2 memory or Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory," rather than the Radeon Pro 560X that it comes with now. That HBM2 memory means it will take up less space in a laptop than traditional GPUs. The chip is built on a 14nm process. Apple suggests this will deliver up to 60 percent faster graphics performance.

If the other options remain the same, the new machine will be paired with Intel's 8th Generation Core i7 or Core i9 processors. Exact pricing isn't currently available.

We previously gave the 15-incher an editor's choice award for its strong performance, great display and long battery life. 

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  • Gilles_2
    and how powerful are these Vega 16-20 compared to gtx 1060 and so?
  • ionel.roza
    The gtx1060 isn’t part of the macbook offering, only the intel uhd igpu and radeon 560X
  • MusicHaven
    1000 USD price tag please!!! It's hell about time!
  • Gilles_2
    For $2700 you have to compare with competitors which offer GTX 1060 for way less
  • ionel.roza
    Sure, compare the in same category, size, weight, materials, etc. and not super heavy gaming laptops at 4kgs or desktops. Compare apples with apples. I’m not saying the price is low or right, just asking for a fair comparison and leave out the apple hate, this beeing the first in any discussion. Just because it’s apple, it’s all about apple ripping us off, and all that stuff.
  • redgarl
    People tend to forget it is a Macbook Pro, prices having nothing to do with AMD here. It is not like Asus making laptop.
  • victormtzc
    Macbook is like Iphone, they have less tech inside but Apple claims the software is what make the difference. I really think Windows 10 is superior in many ways to MAC OS X.

    Way I think is better Windows 10 is because it is very stable and I can run any software in the world. MAC OS X you can run everything but with a virtual machine which is no that cool to do it.

    Regards
  • ionel.roza
    What do you mean, less tech inside? From what i'm seeing in iphones they have one of the best CPUs in their market, the SD845 is at the low end of this category, while only the Exynos and the Kirin CPUs come close to the A12 CPUs. Is it because RAM on iphones? How come an older iphone is faster than a high end android phone or at the same pace from this year. On macs, you have by default nvme drives and those "Retina" resolutions, which no other laptop have at a lower price, unless you go head to head or close at that price. For materials, they went with aluminium, this time recycled 100% aluminium, see the iphones from this year, a lot more materials are from recycled sources. Personally, I'll always go with a Thinkpad, i've used them in the past and no matter the price and HW the overall product is top notch. From what i've seen with this keynote and the one from September, people just like to hate the company, with no regards to what it is, what's in it etc. Yes, the macs are expensive, and you can't upgrade them after you buy them, but coupled with the SW it delivers a great package. You have to understand, without the SW optimizations that will take full advantage of your resources, the HW is meaningless.
  • chickenballs
    will be interesting to see how good this new macbook will be compared to some of the compact laptops with gtx 1060 6gb but one thing is for sure itll cost at least twice as much...
  • apone
    I'm curious, how would this benefit Mac users who do graphic design? Since Adobe programs utilize nVidia GPU horsepower by harnessing CUDA during intensive tasks such as image rendering and video encoding...
  • DGurney
    Too bad it's couched in a hideously degraded machine that's crippled by a POS (not to mention incomplete) keyboard, an embarrassing emoji bar, and a glued-together chassis with soldered-in RAM and drives.
  • MCMunroe
    The closest Competitor to the Mac Book Pro 15 is a high trim XPS 15, with similar build quality and specs.
  • chickenballs
    Anonymous said:
    I'm curious, how would this benefit Mac users who do graphic design? Since Adobe programs utilize nVidia GPU horsepower by harnessing CUDA during intensive tasks such as image rendering and video encoding...


    it doesnt matter
    They only buy things that got the Apple logo on them
  • eye4bear
    There are only two things special at all about any Apple computer, the OS and the retina display. Otherwise the hardware is all just the same as any other PC. Why people are willing to pay 50% more for the same hardware always amazes me.
  • chickenballs
    Anonymous said:
    There are only two things special at all about any Apple computer, the OS and the retina display. Otherwise the hardware is all just the same as any other PC. Why people are willing to pay 50% more for the same hardware always amazes me.


    There is nothing special about their so called retina displays.
    They are no better than any high end monitors for PCs or those that come with the high end laptops
    The PC users actually have more high quality monitors to choose from than the mac users.
    Just look at all the gaming monitors and monitors for content creators
    from ASUS ROG Swift Curved PG348Q to Dell UltraSharp 32" 8K Monitor: UP3218K for desktops and the 17.3 4K ips on the Razer Blade Pro
    https://www.razer.com/gaming-laptops/razer-blade-pro#razer-blade-pro-view

    If you like Mac OS you could just build your own hackintosh at less than half the cost of a similar mac