AMD’s Vega GPUs didn’t see much action. When they were released, NVIDIA had already dug in with their 10-series cards. Then came the crypto boom, and an extended period of overpriced GPUs and the lack thereof. Radeon cards took the brunt of the damage during the mining madness. Apple’s recently announced MacBook Pro gives us a chance to have a look at the Vega 16 and 20 GPUs, although at a premium.
The first benchmarks to surface are of the Vega 20, and aside from the GPU, the PC features an Intel Core i7 Intel processor, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD. In the OpenCL test, the MacBook Pro scored 72799 points. Looking at Geekbench scores, the Metal score maxes out at 73953 points. For the sake of comparison, the RX 560X gets 57,000 on the metal test, indicating a performance level on par with the 570/570X.
Right now only benchmarks of the Radeon Vega 20 GPU are available while the Vega 16’s are still pending. The new Radeon Pro Vega graphics cards can only be added to the 15-inch MacBook Pro which is priced at $2,799. The Radeon Pro Vega 16 costs an additional $250, while the Radeon Pro Vega 20 costs another $350.