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AMD announces Radeon PRO W6000X Series GPUs for Mac Pro

by Mark Tyson on 4 August 2021, 11:11

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Mac Pro

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Apple is updating (PDF link) its Intel CPU-based Mac Pro line of computers with new high-end GPU upgrade options. The extra graphical grunt comes to these workstation machines, usually dedicated to graphics- and compute-intensive apps, courtesy of the new AMD Radeon PRO W6000X Series GPUs. Specifically, Apple is offering a trio of RDNA2 architecture GPU graphics card configuration options – with the top option being a dual-GPU card with at total of 120CUs and 64GB of GDDR6 memory.

The new AMD Radeon Pro W6000X series graphics cards are all based upon Navi 21 silicon – as used by the consumer-facing Radeon RX 6800, RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT. Previously, Mac Pro 'MPX Module' upgrades plateaued at the Radeon Pro W5700X (a version of the RX 5700 XT). Apple's entry level MPX module is the AMD Radeon Pro 580X (Polaris) and currently described as "perfect for non-GPU-intensive applications".

Above, you can see the tech specs of the new trio of graphics card options available to Apple Mac Pro users / buyers. The most interesting top-end card, AMD's Radeon Pro W6800X Duo MPX Module, is a multi-GPU solution with up to 30.2 teraflops of FP32 compute and 60.4 teraflops of FP16 performance. The dual GPUs are connected to each other onboard using Infinity Fabric Link.

Some of Apple's tests suggest this graphics card can deliver up to 84 per cent gains in Octane X rendering, up to 26 per cent better performance in Cinema 4D, and up to 23 per cent improved performance in DaVinci Resolve.

All three of the new graphics card options for Apple Mac Pro include Thunderbolt 3 ports, as well as HDMI 2, and Infinity Fabric Link (up to 5x faster than PCIe) for systems commanding up to four GPUs.

It will cost you $2,400 extra to configure a new Mac Pro with the Radeon Pro W6800X, $4,600 for the W6800X Duo, and $5,600 for the W6900X. Multiple MPX module options are available too, costing $9,600 for two Radeon Pro W6800X Duos, or $11,600 for two W6900X MPX modules.

We don't expect any further Apple Mac Pro updates this year. Next year, the system should be moving to Apple Silicon.



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So with the move to Apple sillycone, does that mean they're going to change from the cheese grater design? Perhaps a lemon juicer? Or even a George Foreman Grill? Now that'd be epic.

They could charge $1000 for the fat tray this time.
ALL the multi-chip RDNA3 leaks is starting to show its face (Infinity fabric link). RISKY to be closed into the Apple ecosystem, what if they jump ship and an organization has invested millions on their expensive software stack? Apple is more a home based platform, Hollywood can't risk in the name of video editing.
lumireleon
ALL the multi-chip RDNA3 leaks is starting to show its face (Infinity fabric link). RISKY to be closed into the Apple ecosystem, what if they jump ship and an organization has invested millions on their expensive software stack? Apple is more a home based platform, Hollywood can't risk in the name of video editing.

What makes you think that RDNA3 is locked into providing only to Apple customers?

If I were AMD, I think continuing to offer high end products to people who pay silly prices (& help to buff up the PR view that RDNA3 is a quality product for buyers with deep pockets) is just a good place to start.

Not that this duo product appears to *be* RDNA3, as it looks like the duo part is just 2 RDNA2 chips.

What I find most interesting is that, a; some apps still clearly can't fully utilize both GPUs - only Optane X from Apple's testing scaled well, which means that the boost is still similar to SLI or Crossfire, not the dream - and b; the price of the 6900X appears to be higher than the price of the 6800X duo, despite packing less processing power.
Ozaron
lumireleon
ALL the multi-chip RDNA3 leaks is starting to show its face (Infinity fabric link). RISKY to be closed into the Apple ecosystem, what if they jump ship and an organization has invested millions on their expensive software stack? Apple is more a home based platform, Hollywood can't risk in the name of video editing.

What makes you think that RDNA3 is locked into providing only to Apple customers?

If I were AMD, I think continuing to offer high end products to people who pay silly prices (& help to buff up the PR view that RDNA3 is a quality product for buyers with deep pockets) is just a good place to start.

Not that this duo product appears to *be* RDNA3, as it looks like the duo part is just 2 RDNA2 chips.

What I find most interesting is that, a; some apps still clearly can't fully utilize both GPUs - only Optane X from Apple's testing scaled well, which means that the boost is still similar to SLI or Crossfire, not the dream - and b; the price of the 6900X appears to be higher than the price of the 6800X duo, despite packing less processing power.

I was refereeing to a big customer who is thinking of buying Apple products for the long term. AMD can sell their GPUs to the Iranian government, no problem with making money unless they are used in designing nuclear weapons.