AMD in MacBook Pros


macrumors regular
Original poster
Dec 29, 2017
Delaware County, Pa
What if Apple ditches Apple but not quite ready for Arm chips yet? Apples seems hellbent on using ATI’s for GPUs

For those who are in the know..... how would Ryzen chips perform?


macrumors newbie
Sep 27, 2011
Yeah I'm not sure they have yet, but if AMD can bring out a mobile APU it could be a huge winner. The Ryzen 3 2200G was excellent, and I'm sure the new Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G will be even better. It sounds like that's going to be a thing. Pretty sure Apple have been known to work much better with AMD than with Nvidia for many years anyway, so I wouldn't be surprised if within the next 12-18 months we saw MacBook Pros running AMD Ryzen APUs. Depends if they can eke out the same CPU performance as Intel's mobile CPUs while continuing to crush Intel's HD/Iris integrated GPUs.

There are already a number of high-powered gaming laptops running AMD Ryzen CPUs and more coming (just as an example, though it's using a discrete RX 580 GPU not integrated/APU) so I guess we'll see.

EDIT: I just wanted to clarify because my post was a little vague. AMD has been selling desktop processors they're calling APUs (Specifically the Ryzen 3 2200G) for a while now, and what you basically get is way better gaming performance than Intel processors using HD3000 or whatever. In fact for light gaming on 900p or lower with medium or lower detail, it basically renders discrete GPUs unnecessary, hence a lot of younger people with lower budgets using 2200Gs to play games like Fortnite on a PC.

AMD have announced mobile versions of these APUs. I don't know of any laptops that have released with them or been announced for them yet, but in theory - if the results are similar on laptops as they are on desktop PCs, you'd end up with significantly better graphical power in your laptop compared to an Intel-based system. And if that's the case, and if the rumours are true that Apple have been unhappy with Intel for a while now, and IIRC that Mac OS plays better with AMD than Nvidia anyway, I would not be totally surprised to see future MacBook Pros using AMD APUs, at least before Apple can figure out ARM.
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macrumors G3
Oct 14, 2008
The new Ryzen 3 outperforms Intel chips in almost every area. The question is how Ice Lake will perform. If I’ve Lake can match Zen 2 performance/watt, it would be more attractive to Apple because of integrated TB3 and avx-512.


macrumors P6
May 10, 2004
I believe there are AMD processors for laptops but they're not the Ryzon high performance ones but the low cost and low performance variants
There are only Zen+ APUs at best.

Zen 2 APUs should come next year. Then you can have 8-core instead of 4-core.


macrumors 68040
Oct 28, 2016
I dont want amd cpu inside until we can have thunderbolt 3 or the future still doesn't license it


macrumors G3
Oct 14, 2008
You do realize that AMD has PCIe 4.0 in its newer CPUs right? That means almost double speed of PCIe 3.0.
Sure, and its especially great for mobile devices, but lack of native TB3 is an issue. Of course, it will all be solved when USB 4.0 comes out.