Radeon™ Pro Graphics Debut First in New 15-inch MacBook Pro

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Today we unveiled our next-generation Radeon™ Pro 400 Series Graphics, and we’re overjoyed to announce that these cool, energy-efficient graphics processors will debut first in the all-new 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Right now millions of professional creators are engaged in the art of the impossible. They are the photographers, filmmakers, artists, visualizers, and engineers creating the content we love. They go to extraordinary lengths to put smiles on our faces; to change the world. And we go to extraordinary lengths to enable and inspire them.

15-inch Apple MacBook Pro featuring Radeon Pro Graphics
15-inch Apple MacBook Pro featuring Radeon Pro Graphics

Going to Extraordinary Lengths to Enable the Art of the Impossible

Apple’s new 15-inch MacBook Pro features spectacular energy-efficient graphics performance thanks to Radeon Pro 400 series graphics’ 14nm FinFET architecture. MacBook Pro is capable of up to 1.8 trillion calculations per second to elegantly process every ounce of your creativity.

But it’s not enough to have whisper quiet and astonishingly cool operation. It’s not enough for AMD to deliver up to 80% more performance over the prior generation of our graphics processors. It’s not enough to simply launch a professional mobile graphics processor that sips energy by running inside a 35W power envelope.

We’ve accomplished all this while simultaneously reducing the size of the very building blocks of this processing power. How? Through a complex process known as die thinning.

Die thinning is an elaborate process that reduces the thickness of each wafer – those thin slices of material used in circuits — from 780 microns to 380 microns, or 0.38 millimeters. This allows for impossibly thin, beautiful designs.

We’ve done this because you shouldn’t have to choose between power and portability. We’ve done this because creativity is at the very core of our products. We’ve done this because you’re engaging in the art of the impossible, and we don’t want anything weighing you down.

Meet the Creators

To celebrate the people behind your favorite creations, AMD is launching a new program called “Meet the Creators.” This program and accompanying video documentaries invite creators together to share what inspires their work, and how Radeon Pro Graphics play a pivotal role.

Creators will also have the opportunity to collaborate across a variety of fields, learn about new AMD tools and techniques for their respective crafts and have a chance to be featured in Radeon Pro promotional campaigns.

For more information on Radeon Pro Graphics for Notebooks, visit the “Meet the Creators” website at: creators.radeon.com.

Jason Evangelho is Senior Technical Marketing Specialist of the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

1. Floating Point Operations Per Second (FLOPS) are a measure of computer performance over a certain period of time. Tera FLOPS (TFLOPS) can be calculated through the following equation: ( [Boost Clock in MHz]*[Chip Compute Units]*64 (Stream Processors per CU) * 2 )/ 1000. Based on the Radeon™ R9 M370X specs of 10CUs, and a 800 MHz boost SClk at 35W, the TFLOPS capable is 1.02 ((800*10CUs*64*2)/1000). Based on the Radeon™ Pro 460 specs of 16 CUs and a boost SClk of 907 MHz at 35W, the TFLOPS capable is 1.86 ((907*16CUs*64*2)/1000). 1.86/1.02= 82% Clock speed (and therefore TFLOPS) may vary based on TGP. GRM-21

11 thoughts on “Radeon™ Pro Graphics Debut First in New 15-inch MacBook Pro

  1. it said Radeon™ Pro 400 for photographers, filmmakers, artists, visualizers, and engineers creating, but how about gamers ?

  2. Jason (or anyone from RTG), are there any plans to port this to future desktop GPUs? So I assume this is the 2.8x efficient Polaris Part compared to 28nm GCN parts (like Fiji)?

    On the desktop, I could see this taking off in the Small Form Factor where performance-per-watt power efficiency metrics matter more than anything else. Maybe HTPCs as well, where silence is paramount. There even a small die might sell well.

    I’d love to see a massive >600m^2 RTG reticle-limited GPU someday with this technology combined with HBMx (or whatever the “Nextgen memory” in Navi is). I’d totally get a pair for Crossfire (or what replaces Crossfire in DX12 and Vulkan).

  3. After you’ve put so much work in writing and presenting this article, you might want to embed that YouTube video there in the middle of it. 😉
    Leaving just the url (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3hnXY5XMaA) – it looks a bit rough on otherwise very polished post.

    Anyway – yay for AMD , and hopefully we’ll see these chips in many PC laptops too!

  4. Is it possible to run SolidWorks 2016 on Radeon Pro 460? If it works i will buy the new MacBookPro 😉



  5. Yes I would like to know the gaming performance as well 🙂 I know it’s not designed for games but, I believe im going to use it playing some video games.

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