Let's face it. AMD sucks.

SDAVE

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nVidias release of Pascal this year was the release of very powerful and ultra power efficient GPUs in modern history.

The continual use of AMD in MacBook Pros is abysmal.

They're not even using the "higher end" AMD Chips.

Is it really a ruse or am I dreaming.
 

jav6454

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Nov 14, 2007
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While it's true that the GPUs used are not top-of-the-line, AMD/ATI make good solid GPUs, have you seen their APU offerings? Exceedingly destroy Intel's and nVidia's offerings.

AMD is just not in a good CPU position right now... that is having negative effects on its GPU business.
 

Zackmd1

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The current Radeon pro line that is being used in the latest MBPs is not all that great when you look at the score cards.... The Nvidia 1050 uses less power then the 460 and is decently more powerful. The fact is the nvidia offerings provide you with more performance for less power which is perfect for a laptop. That said macs are Open GL dependent which AMD does well with so I would be curious to see a comparison once pascal gpus are supported on Mac.
 

inhalexhale1

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nVidias release of Pascal this year was the release of very powerful and ultra power efficient GPUs in modern history.

The continual use of AMD in MacBook Pros is abysmal.

They're not even using the "higher end" AMD Chips.

Is it really a ruse or am I dreaming.
They could have went with the 470 in the top model, which in all honesty, is really what it should be. The 450 to 455 jump is meaningless. So it's not really the continued use of AMD, but what cards Apple is choosing to use.

Plus, it seems that the "Pro" version of these cards Apple may or may not be on par with the standard versions.
 

smorrissey

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nVidias release of Pascal this year was the release of very powerful and ultra power efficient GPUs in modern history.

The continual use of AMD in MacBook Pros is abysmal.

They're not even using the "higher end" AMD Chips.

Is it really a ruse or am I dreaming.
i don't know about AMD but nvidia drivers have been a pain in the neck for almost 2 years...
 

smorrissey

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Never had driver issues on any mac me or my family has owned that had nVidia inside
Well to be fair i should have added nvidia drivers for windows...i don't know about the mac ones but i don't think they are THAT different but i'm not sure.
 

asoksevil

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The RX 480 isn't that bad granted it doesn't costs as much as the GTX 1080. If we are already freaking about the new pricing, I can't image how much of a ********* would it be with top high-end graphics from NVIDIA lol.

I won't be pulling the trigger on this update, I'm gonna wait for the next version where there's a price decrease a la 2008 MBA with the 2009 and 2010 MBA.
 

h9826790

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i don't know about AMD but nvidia drivers have been a pain in the neck for almost 2 years...
They don't have the driver for touch toolbar in the last 2 years as well. It just depends on do they want to use that piece of hardware in the new Mac. Apple wrote their own driver. It's not an excuse not to use Nvidia GPU because the web driver only has beta support for Maxwell and no support for pascal.

The web driver at most is just an extra option for the Nvidia chip. The GPU suppose to be run with Apple driver regardless branding in macOS.
 
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