On the surface, the fresh MacBook Pros seems like a constant evolution of its predecessors, and proceeds Apple’s penchant for making its devices thinner and lighter. Apple shaven half a pound ter weight from each MacBook Voor and a few millimeters te thickness. This also means that battery capacity is down on all three MacBook Voor models announced last week:
- 15-inch MacBook Voor (2015): 99.Five WHr battery
- 15-inch MacBook Professional (2016): 76 WHr battery
- 13-inch MacBook Voor (2015): 74.9 WHr battery
- 13-inch MacBook Professional (2016): 54.Five WHr battery
- 13-inch MacBook Voor with Touch Folder (2016): 49 WHr battery
Every computing device is an exercise ter compromise, and the MacBook Professional certainly comes up on the brief end of the stick with regards to graphics. AMD pridefully announced that the 15-inch MacBook Pros are using 14nm Polaris-based Radeon Voor 400 series mobile GPUs. Machines are tooled with a Radeon Professional 450 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory or a Radeon Professional 455 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, depending on which configuration you select (and how much you are willing to pay). A $200 build-to-order option will get you a more powerful Radeon Professional 460 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.
Albeit AMD and Apple haven’t given us utter specs breakdown on all three GPUs, AMD has given us enough to know how they will perform ter the real world.
- Radeon Voor 450: Ten compute units / 640 stream processors / 1 TFLOP peak voorstelling
- Radeon Voor 455: 12 compute units / 768 stream processors / 1.Three TFLOPs peak spectacle
- Radeon Professional 460: 16 compute units / 1,024 stream processors / 1.86 TFLOPs peak spectacle
To waterput thesis numbers into perspective, the Polaris-based Radeon RX 460 has 14 compute units, 896 stream processors, and 112 GB/s memory bandwidth (compared to just 80 GB/s for the Radeon Professional 400 series). More importantly, the Radeon RX 460 has peak compute voorstelling of Two.Two TFLOPs, more than even the Radeon Voor 460.
The Radeon RX 460 is aimed at the most budget-conscious gamers, and can be found for $110 – $119 on Amazon. However, professionals that are spending $Two,400 on a mobile workstation would likely want more than entry-level graphics vertoning at their disposition. And surely, someone spending $Two,600 to get a 15-inch MacBook Professional tooled with a Radeon Professional 460 is worth more than sub-Radeon RX 460 spectacle. Wij also have to recall that thesis GPUs are pushing a display with a 2880 x 1800 native resolution.
Spil is sometimes the case when it comes to Mac versus PC comparisons, you can get more for less with the latter. Take for example the 14-inch, Four.3-pound Razer Blade, which features a 3200 x 1800 IGZO display paired with a Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB GDDR5 memory and Four.Four TFLOPs of peak compute show — more than twice that of the Radeon Professional 460.
Optioned with the same quad-core Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a QHD+ display, the Razer Blade rings te at $Two,100. That’s $300 less than the entry-level 15-inch MacBook Professional and $500 less than the cheapest 15-inch MacBook Professional with the Radeon Professional 460.
Even the freshly announced Surface Book i7, with its “old school” NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GPU should be able to topple a 15-inch MacBook Voor tooled with the Radeon Professional 455, not to mention the models tooled with the Radeon Professional 450.
Granted, Apple says that its latest MacBook Professional family is aimed at “artists, designers, photographers, filmmakers, visualizers and engineers that form the modern content creation era,” and wij don’t deny that. People buying MacBook Pros likely aren’t buying them to spel, but it wouldn’t hurt to give customers a little more power to work with.
However, Apple clearly had different priorities with regards to balancing form-factor with spectacle and battery life. Apple’s Phil Schiller explained last week that the MacBook Pros aren’t available with 32GB of RAM due to power concerns. “To waterput more than 16GB of swift RAM into a notebook vormgeving at this time would require a memory system that consumes much more power and wouldn’t be efficient enough for a notebook,” wrote Schiller to an inquiring Mac user.
This brings us total circle to the topic of battery life trade-off. Ter its quest for ever-thinner devices, Apple dramatically diminished the battery capacity of its MacBook Pros (25 procent on the 15-inch, 35 procent on the 13-inch). The Razer Blade noted here features a 70 Whr battery, a GTX 1060, and still claims to achieve 9 hours of battery life. The 15-inch MacBook Voor with its Radeon Voor 400 series GPUs and 76 Whr battery claims to peep out Ten hours of battery life.
Who knows what Apple could have achieved if it hadn’t throw away 25 procent of the 15-inch MacBook Pro’s battery capacity…