AMD announces the new Radeon Pro 500 series
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 14:12
"With major updates to iMac, and a refresh of our MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, the Mac is stronger than ever", said John Ternus, Apple's vice president of Hardware Engineering. With a base price at $5,000, you can bet the configuration will not be the 18-core option with a Vega GPU, but we don't know anything yet about how pricing will scale, or what exact GPUs and CPUs will be available at the lower price points.
The biggest upgrade went to Apple's iMac line, all of which will get a performance boost with Intel's 7th generation Kady Lake processors as well as increased memory capacity (though boosting your system's memory will cost you). You'll also get four Thunderbolt 3 ports so you can connect two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays (44 million pixels for those keeping score) at the same time.
Meanwhile, even though the processor speed of the 15-inch MacBook Pro had jumped from 2.6 GHz to 2.8 GHz, the price of the device is still at $2,300 or $2,799.
The newly announced iMac Pro, which we first covered yesterday, is a bid by Apple to change that standing, and an attempt to redefine the kind of performance consumers can expect from an AIO in general. Among the announced device was the highly anticipated 15-inch MacBook Pro 2017.
This is also the first 12-inch Retina MacBook to feature an Intel Core i5 processor (in a way).
- Every customer who buys Mac from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup, in-store or online**, to help them set up email, show them how to install apps and more.
"The latest iMacs start at $1,099 for the 21.5" models and$1,799 for the 27" models.
The iMac Pro, which will be available in space gray, will be available in December for $4,999.
The Radeon Pro 500 series starts with the Radeon Pro 555, which has 12 compute units for a total of 768 stream processors, 81GB/s of memory bandwidth, and offers a 1.3 T/FLOPS peak performance.
This new model isn't just a better version of the 27-inch model-it's both the most powerful Mac ever made and one of the most expensive. Those machines relied on Intel's Skylake processors instead of the higher-boosting, more-responsive Kaby Lake mobile chips that launched about two months later. So those of us who have a notebook with us all working day, every working day will be lightening our load and getting a more capable machine at the same time. Software support for Siri is also included. Rumbles of discontent took hold in online forums, and were amplified by wider reports in the media that questioned Apple's commitment to personal computers.