AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega II GPUs Are Inside Apple’s New Mac Pro


Jun. 10 2019, Updated 4:20 p.m. ET

AMD develops 7 nm Vega GPUs for Apple’s Mac Pro

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is expanding its GPU (graphics processing unit) customer base by developing custom GPUs. Its Radeon GPUs will power Google’s cloud gaming platform, Stadia, and Sony’s next-generation game console. AMD has also developed custom Radeon Pro Vega II and Pro Vega II Duo GPUs for Apple’s (AAPL) new Mac Pro workstation, which the company unveiled at its Worldwide Developers Conference.

Apple revealed that the new Mac Pro will start with a Radeon Pro 580X GPU and will reach up to the Radeon Pro Vega II and Duo. Apple called the Radeon Pro Vega II “the world’s most powerful graphics card.”

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About Radeon Pro Vega II 

AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega II GPUs are built on TSMC’s 7 nm (nanometer) node and come with 32 GB HBM2 (high-bandwidth memory 2), which delivers one terabyte per second of memory bandwidth. The GPU delivers 14 teraflops of FP32 (single-precision floating-point) performance and is customized for Apple’s Metal graphics architecture.

AMD has also built the Radeon Pro Vega II Duo. As the name suggests, it is two Radeon Pro Vega II GPUs connected via AMD’s Infinity Fabric interconnect and delivers 84 GB per second per direction, which is five times faster than the peripheral component interconnect express 3.0. The Radeon Pro Vega II Duo has 64 GB HBM2 and delivers 28.3 teraflops of FP32 performance.

The new Mac Pro allows users to use two AMD GPUs, which means users can either use two Radeon Pro Vega II GPUs or two Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPUs (equivalent to four Radeon Pro Vega II GPUs).

AMD is also using multi-GPU gaming instances within its Google Stadia infrastructure.


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