AMD Radeon Pro 400 Series: Thinnest Graphics Processor Post MacBook Pro 2016 Debut

Posted: Nov 8 2016, 3:36pm CST | by , in News | Apple

AMD Radeon Pro 400 Series: Thinnest graphics processor post MacBook Pro 2016 debut

AMD has officially launched its new Radeon Pro-400 series GPU. This graphic processor was not a familiar name until Apple announced its name in the specifications of the latest MacBook Pro 2016. In a report by NDTV, the latest GPUs introduced by AMD are focused on creative professional work rather than gaming.

This quality is the current game plan of Apple’s latest products. The new series include Radeon Pro 450, 455 and 460. Radeon Pro 450 and 455 have 2GB of VRAM on the two base configurations of the 15-inch MacBook Pro model. The 460 model can be customized with 4GB of VRAM. All of the GPUs operate at 35W.

This will facilitate quiet and efficient cooling especially within a thin chassis as used in the new MacBook Pro. The highest performance for the three models ranges from 1 Teraflop to 1.85 Teraflops. These numbers are way below that of even the entry-level Radeon RX460. AMD has described the new Radeon Pro GPU’s to be following the latest Polaris architecture.

These basic components were also seen in the desktop Radeon RX 480, 470 and 460. These GPUs use the 14nm FinFET fabrication process. This process is known to deliver power and cost savings. AMD has also made used of an elaborate new technique known as die thinning. This has reduced the thickness of a single silicon wafer from 780nm to 380nm.

You can imagine this to be equal to the thickness of four sheets of paper. Apple claims that the 15-inch MacBook Pro 2016 performs graphics 13% faster. The notebook also has 2.5 times more the computing power per watt when compared with the previous model of the notebook. University Herald however believes that NVIDIA GTX is the best option for gaming which requires high settings.

The latest 400 series will only cause gamers to struggle with a frame rate.

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