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New AMD Radeon Pro 5600M on 16-inch MacBook Pro offers impressive performance gains

By Kenny Yeo - on 18 Jun 2020, 10:31am

New AMD Radeon Pro 5600M on 16-inch MacBook Pro offers impressive performance gains

Earlier this week, Apple announced a new AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU upgrade option for its 16-inch MacBook Pro.

This is a new GPU from AMD that features 8GB of super-fast HBM2 memory, 40 compute units, and a whopping 2,540 stream processors. Memory bandwidth is a rich 394GB/s while total compute throughput is a claimed 5.3 TFLOPS.

It's pricey too. It's an extra S$1,050 over the step-up 16-inch MacBook Pro configuration that comes with a Core i9 processor and an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M GPU.

Fortunately, early tests seem to suggest that the premium is well worth it.

(Image source: 9to5 Mac)

According to tests done by YouTube channel Max Tech, the 16-inch MacBook Pro with this new Radeon Pro 5600M GPU scored an incredible 43,144 points in the Geekbench 5 Metal test.

To put this number in perspective, it's 50% more than what a 16-inch MacBook Pro with the Radeon Pro 5500M GPU would achieve. It even beat the Radeon RX Vega 56 in the iMac Pro.

If you are buying a 16-inch MacBook Pro and you work with a lot of 3D graphics, you know which option you need to pick.

Source: 9to5 Mac