At CES 2018, AMD teased new mobile graphics cards and last night, they unveiled the Radeon Pro Vega 20 and Pro Vega 16 mobile GPUs to the world. For the most part, if you wanted top-of-the-range gaming performance in a laptop, GeForce was your only real option, but that might change with these new mobile beasts.
Both the Radeon Pro Vega 20 and Pro Vega 16 combines HBM2 memory with AMD’s powerful Vega architecture. The Pro Vega 20 boasts 20 active Compute Units while the Pro Vega 16 has, you guessed it, 16 active Compute Units. These discrete GPUs are designed with low-power operation in mind, all thanks to the HBM2 memory.
At the time of writing the exact specifications are still unknown, but we know that it will provide VR-ready performance, which for PC gaming means it packs quite the punch. For all those Apple fans out there, you will be excited to know that the new MacBook Pro will have the option to include the Vega Pro graphics cards.
Apple also today announced new MacBook Pro graphics options that will bring powerful Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro for the first time. These new graphics options deliver up to 60 percent faster graphics performance for the most demanding video editing, 3D design and rendering workloads.
AMD calls these GPUs the ultimate premium graphics solutions. Features of the Radeon Vega Pro 20 and Vega Pro 16 include:
- Built on the 14nm FinFET process, “Vega” is the highly scalable architectural foundation for Radeon™ graphics delivering powerful and efficient performance:
- Infused with HBM2 memory (2nd generation HBM) to adeptly handle future technologies and emerging workloads for rendering, editing and gaming
- Powerful “Vega” next-generation compute units (NCU) and Rapid Packed Math bring faster and more flexible computational capabilities, accelerating workloads in real-time
It remains to be seen if these GPUs will become widely available in other gaming laptops in the future instead of just on the new MacBook Pro, which releases at the end of November (SA release date currently unknown).
Are you in the market for a new MacBook Pro and would you go for one featuring the Radeon Vega Pro 20 or Vega Pro 16? Let us know in the comment section below.
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