AMD launches Polaris-powered Radeon Pro 500 series
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 8:51
A solid chunk of Apple's WWDC opening keynote on Monday felt like a love letter to professional users. Then there's the 27-inch iMac with a 5K Retina display starting at $1,799 (roughly £1,395, AU$2,400). The new iMac lineup will be available with macOS High Sierra coming this fall.
Apple reiterated it will make a new "completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest-end, high-throughput system in a modular design, as well as a new high-end pro display".
'It is incredibly satisfying to see the capabilities of Radeon Pro 500 series in elegant form factors and enabling fantastic content creation, gaming and VR experiences, ' crowed Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect of the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD.
Faster Kaby Lake processors (up to 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz) are now included and there's support for up to twice the memory of the previous generation.
The GPU for the iMac Pro is the new Radeon Pro Vega, offering performance that can match the most powerful imaging computers, and for memory, it supports up to 4 TB SSD. The new Space Gray iMac Pro added a new but still muted color option, with never before seen Space Gray keyboards and mice. "The step-up 21.5" model, meanwhile, will feature Radeon Pro 555 or 560 graphics and standard fusion drives. The iMac Pro will be with us later this year, but there's plenty of other Mac news - read on! The 21.5 inch iMac, 21.5 inches iMac Retina 4k at $1,099 While, iMac Retina 5k 27-inch begins at $1,799.
The iMac Pro is going to be a phenomenally powerful machine - but it's not going to be very upgradable. The company sells premium products at a premium price which turns into painful if you're not satisfied with the entry level options. They still include a performance-boosting 64MB of eDRAM, which gives them a big leg up compared to MacBook Pros from 2015 and earlier.
iMacs for 2017 also get up to 50 percent faster SSDs which can be up to 2TB and other features such as two USB-C ports that support Thunderbolt 3. We reengineered the entire system and designed an entirely new thermal architecture to pack extraordinary performance.