Shortly after Apple’s October 30th event in which it announced new iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini updates, the company also shared via press release that it would be updating the 15-inch MacBook Pro to add support for all-new GPUs. Namely, the Pro Vega 16 and Pro Vega 20 versions of AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega lineup.
Two weeks later we now have the new MacBook Pro options available for order from Apple’s online store, with the new cards available as an option on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar only.
The cards make Apple’s already costly high-end notebooks even more eye-watering, with buyers expected to hand over an extra $250 for the Pro Vega 16, and an extra $350 for the Pro Vega 20. As a barometer, Apple’s MacBook Pro that has these cards available as options start at $2799.
The good news is that the base notebook is now also going to ship with a Radeon Pro 550X rather than the 560x, a card that was previously an option as well.
During its announcement press release last month Apple said that the new Radeon Pro Vega options would be up to 60% faster graphics performance for tasks that would normally be GPU reliant, such as gaming or more likely, video editing.
At this point, if you’re a professional who is looking to drop almost $3,000 on an Apple notebook it’s debatable as to whether the extra $250 or $350 is that big of a deal, especially if the improved graphical performance is something that could have a direct impact on your work.
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