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First Benchmarks for MacBook Pro With New Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Surface

Apple last week introduced new upgrade options for the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro, allowing customers to add Radeon Pro Vega 16 and 20 graphics cards to the device for superior graphics performance.

Benchmarks for the 15-inch MacBook Pro models equipped with the Radeon Pro Vega 20 option have been shared by a MacRumors reader, giving us an idea of the performance improvements over 15-inch MacBook Pro models with the standard Radeon Pro 560X graphics card that was previously the highest-end option available.


The machine, which includes a 2.6GHz Core i7 Intel processor, a Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics card, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD, earned an OpenCL score of 72799. Additional benchmarks found on Geekbench with a similar machine using an upgraded Core i9 processor demonstrated OpenCL scores of 75817, 76017, and 80002.

In a separate benchmark uploaded to Geekbench, the new high-end MacBook Pro with Core i9 processor also earned a Metal score of 73953.

Comparatively, machines with similar specs and Radeon Pro 560X graphics cards on Geekbench earned maximum OpenCL scores of right around 65000 and Metal scores of approximately 57000, suggesting much higher graphics performance with the new Radeon Pro Vega 20 card.

At the current time, benchmarks are only available for the higher-end Radeon Pro Vega 20 card, with no data available for the Radeon Pro Vega 16 card. CPU benchmarks on Geekbench between machines using the new cards and the existing cards are similar because there have been no changes to the CPU.

The new Radeon Pro Vega graphics cards can only be added to the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro model, which starts at $2,799. The Radeon Pro Vega 16 costs an additional $250, while the Radeon Pro Vega 20 costs an additional $350.

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3 weeks ago
Oh that's the OpenCL score, I thought it was the price.
Rating: 107 Votes
3 weeks ago
Wow... a 10% increase for £315 more...

These should be direct replacements not £315 upgrades. These MacBook pros are getting so expensive its ridiculous that even a mid range option is in the £4000 region. Then add another £399 for AppleCare.

Plus once you have the CPU and these GPUs pinned the likely hood is they will perform far far less than their potential with the poor cooling so whats the point.
Rating: 44 Votes
3 weeks ago
But can the MBP with Vega replace your computer?
Rating: 19 Votes
3 weeks ago

Wow... a 10% increase for £400 more...

These should be straight replacements not £400 upgrades. These MacBook pros are getting so expensive its ridiculous that even a mid range option is in the £4000 region. Then add another £399 for AppleCare.

Plus once you have the CPU and these GPUs pinned the likely hood is they will perform far far less than their potential with the poor cooling so whats the point.


I think it's more than 10%. I got an i9, with 32GB Ram, RX560X, and i get an OpenCL Score of 60.000, with Vega i would get 75.000-80.000, that would be like 25%-30% increase.
Rating: 18 Votes
3 weeks ago
I'll stick with my 2010 Mac Pro...thanks!



Rating: 16 Votes
3 weeks ago
Ugh! All the non-Vega MBPs purchased over the last few months are now worthless. Might as well throw them on ebay for $1 ...

... so I can buy it.
Rating: 16 Votes
3 weeks ago
But can it run Crysis?
Rating: 12 Votes
3 weeks ago
My PC cost £2000 (i9 9990k & 980ti) and the OpenCL score was over 120,000 ;)
Rating: 12 Votes
3 weeks ago
Impressive. Let’s wait to see the internal temps in these wonder machines. No need to fry eggs on your MBP. ;)
Rating: 9 Votes
3 weeks ago

Or you just want a smooth running 15 inch notebook and suddenly it becomes ridiculous. In Germany the cheapest 15 inch macbook Apple sells costs just over 3000$. The new graphics card version starts at 4200$. My 2010 Macbook Pro with upgraded screen, Ram cost less than 2000$. Inflation is a b...

Still nice Apple offers these to whomever wants to afford them.


Taxes and duties too. Most people don't seem to realize that the posted price in the US excludes tax. Pretty common for Europe to have 20% sales tax alone.
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My PC cost £2000 (i9 9990k & 980ti) and the OpenCL score was over 120,000 ;)


Which 4lb laptop shell did you build it in?
Rating: 9 Votes

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