Apple updates Mac Pro GPUs with new AMD Radeon options

Photo by Avery White for The Verge

Apple is updating to the Mac Pro with new graphics card modules on Tuesday, featuring options based on the AMD Radeon Pro W6000 series. The company claims the new Radeon Pro W6800X MPX Module, Radeon Pro W6800X Duo MPX Module, and Radeon Pro W6900X MPX module should give a boost to performance for the graphics-heavy tasks Apple designed the Pro around. Continuing to support the Pro by bringing new GPU options to Apple’s custom Mac Pro Expansion Module (MPX) system is a pretty good sign that the company remains committed to its new, modular design.

AMD first announced the new graphics cards in June this year, with the promise that the W6800 would bring “up to 79 percent faster performance than the previous generation.” Now a little over two months later, Apple claims in some cases the GPUs in their MPX forms can get “up to 84 percent faster performance when running Octane X” and “up to 23 percent faster performance when using DaVinci Resolve.”

A Mac Pro with two Radeon Pro W800X Duo MPX Modules.
Image: Apple

The GPU modules range in price per the listings on Apple’s store shared below, and each adds an additional four Thunderbolt 3 ports and an HDMI 2.0 port, regardless of the version:

Apple says the new GPU modules will replace the previous AMD Radeon Pro Vega II MPX Modules in the configure-to-order options on Apple’s website, and as standalone kits. As part of this new module launch Apple is also specifically phasing out the AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo MPX Module and AMD Radeon Pro Vega II MPX Module, but will still offer both in standalone kits for existing customers.


Any idea if these are RDNA 2 powered?

They are.

yes they are!

Holy sh*t it looks like a cheese grater

At least it’s not a Dalek … again?

The fact there wasnt a Dalek and R2D2 case for the trash can is a huge missed opportunity.

Enormous missed opportunity. Tho I suppose a custom one could always be made.

Just get here from 2019?

Don’t try grating cheese on it, tho; it’s not very good at it. Tho I suppose it might get warm enough to melt it (not recommended either).

This is very promising having a Navi MPX module that Apple is indeed serious about supporting the MPX module. I think it’s a pretty great form factor; it’s flat out amazing how powerful these cards are yet practically silent.

That said, I really hope Apple plays nicely with Nvidia to allow them to make MPX modules as well as Intel.

I really hope that the Apple siliconeization of the Mac Pro is just a matter of a Motherboard upgrade. I actually kind of dig the Cheese grater.

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