Though Apple is on track to complete its transition from Intel to M1 Macs by November 2020, it does not mean it is overlooking Intel-based Macs. The tech giant recently updated the Mac Pro with three new powerful graphics modules. AMD’s Radeon Pro W6800X, W6800X Duo, and W6900X cards offer a 50% improvement in performance.
Three new graphics modules available for Intel Mac Pro
In a press release, AMD announced the launch of the new Radeon PRO W6000X series GPUs for Mac Pro. The new graphics modules aim to deliver outstanding performance and incredible visual fidelity to power a broad variety of professional tasks and apps. This includes 3D rendering, 8K video compositing, color correction, and more. The line-up includes the AMD Radeon PRO W6900X and AMD Radeon PRO W6800X GPUs. Users can also choose the AMD Radeon PRO W6800X Duo graphics card, a dual-GPU configuration that uses high-speed AMD Infinity Fabric interconnect technology to offer unmatched performance.
The W6800X module is a $2,400 add-on, or $4,600 for two. On the other hand, the W6900X MPX is $5,600. Key features of AMD Radeon PRO W6000X series GPUs include:
Award-Winning AMD RDNA 2 Architecture – Built on the 7nm manufacturing process, AMD RDNA 2 architecture offers an array of advanced features elevating professional graphics to new levels of performance and efficiency.
High-speed GDDR6 memory – Up to 64GB of GDDR6 memory with up to 512 GB/s bandwidth provides ultra-fast transfer speeds to power data-intensive professional applications.
AMD Infinity Cache – Up to 256MB (total) of last-level data cache integrated on the GPU die is designed to reduce latency and power consumption.
AMD Infinity Fabric – Provides a high-bandwidth, low latency, direct connection between the local AMD GPUs, enabling high speed GPU-to-GPU communications designed to satisfy today’s creative workloads.
So far, the tech giant has only released ‘entry-level’ M1 Macs, with the chip being used to power MacBook Air, Mac mini, base-model 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the newly released 24-inch iMac. It is likely that Apple will release another refresh to Mac Pro with updated Intel processors. The Intel-based model will eventually be replaced with a new Apple Silicon Mac Pro which will a feature 40-core processor and 128-core graphics chip.