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Apple today began offering new high-end AMD Radeon Pro W6000 series graphics options for brand new Mac Pro configurations, and now the graphics modules are available for purchase on a standalone basis for customers who already own the computer.

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Three new MPX modules are available for the latest Mac Pro, including the Radeon Pro W6800X for $2,800, the Radeon Pro W6800X Duo for $5,000, and the Radeon Pro W6900X for $6,000. Apple says customers can install up to two of the modules in a Mac Pro using Infinity Fabric Link technology for enhanced multi-GPU performance in applications like Final Cut Pro.

Announced in June, AMD said the Radeon Pro W6800 graphics module delivers up to 79% faster graphics performance than the previous-generation Radeon Pro W5700, although this was based on a test system powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor rather than an Intel processor. The W6800 also features 32GB of high-speed GDDR6 memory.

The current Intel-based Mac Pro was released in December 2019 in both tower and rack versions. Apple is reportedly working on a new Mac Pro powered by an Apple silicon chip with up to 32 high-performance cores and up to 128-core graphics.

Article Link: Mac Pro's New Radeon Pro W6000 Graphics Modules Now Available for Standalone Purchase
 
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The pricing for a single "Duo" card and two "Duo" cards is odd. It costs more than 2x to get 2 Duos, vs buying just one. $4,600 for one, $9,600 for 2. You'd think it would be $9,200 (or less) for 2.
 

CalMin

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Clearly there's a market for these among the pro's who use them, but Apple needs to really get the Apple Silicon out for the pro markets. The proof-of-concept consumer machines are out and basically proven with no major bugs. Time to give us 16" MBP, iMac Pro, Mac Pro with Apple Silicon.
 

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Clearly there's a market for these among the pro's who use them, but Apple needs to really get the Apple Silicon out for the pro markets. The proof-of-concept consumer machines are out and basically proven with no major bugs. Time to give us 16" MBP, iMac Pro, Mac Pro with Apple Silicon
Pros don’t want Apple silicon until the software is there. It’s not and won’t be for a while.
 

alpi123

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The pricing for a single "Duo" card and two "Duo" cards is odd. It costs more than 2x to get 2 Duos, vs buying just one. $4,600 for one, $9,600 for 2. You'd think it would be $9,200 (or less) for 2.
$2,800*2 is not $4,600 buddy...
 
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It would appear you two have no clue about the cost of truly professional gear used by real professionals.
The mark ups are ludicrous. A lot of that professional gear is made in the same factory as less sprofessional gear with very little difference. Whilst I'm not saying that I would charge any less than I could get away with. It's peanuts compared to the sell price.

You sound extremely naive and like someone that has never been in the 'productin loop'.
 

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The prices do not seem bad to me considering what the normal AMD Workstation W6800 costs, which is $2500 at B&H. I'd rather pay a bit more for the MPX form factor anyway because it integrates into the entire system better. Anyway, I ordered a 6800X Duo and I am expecting it to slam my current 580x into the dirt.
 

CalMin

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Pros don’t want Apple silicon until the software is there. It’s not and won’t be for a while.
It's chicken and egg then.

Who's going to develop software for pros if they're all still on Intel? Apple should get both Pro Intel and Pro Apple Silicon hardware in the pipeline until the transition is done, but with no Pro Machines, developers aren't in any hurry to ship/translate the software.
 

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The mark ups are ludicrous. A lot of that professional gear is made in the same factory as less sprofessional gear with very little difference. Whilst I'm not saying that I would charge any less than I could get away with. It's peanuts compared to the sell price.

You sound extremely naive and like someone that has never been in the 'productin loop'.

It may be made in the same factory as "less than professional gear" BUT these are not as mass produced as "less professional" components. So they cost significantly more to produce than mainstream stuff.

As with ANY low volume stuff in the world, cost is higher. I'm not saying that the cost is reasonable but Apple barely makes any money on these things I would assume.
 
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TrevorR90

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The prices do not seem bad to me considering what the normal AMD Workstation W6800 costs, which is $2500 at B&H. I'd rather pay a bit more for the MPX form factor anyway because it integrates into the entire system better. Anyway, I ordered a 6800X Duo and I am expecting it to slam my current 580x into the dirt.
Same here, I just ordered the w6800x due to better integration with my system AND quieter since its fanless. Also one thing to consider, does the regular 6800 have 3 thunderbolt ports? I think not, so it kind of shows the ignorance in this thread from people who don't even own a Mac Pro.
 

avkills

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Same here, I just ordered the w6800x due to better integration with my system AND quieter since its fanless. Also one thing to consider, does the regular 6800 have 3 thunderbolt ports? I think not, so it kind of shows the ignorance in this thread from people who don't even own a Mac Pro.
The retail AMD W6800 card has 6 miniDP ports. All the MPX modules have 3 Thunderbolt ports and 1 HDMI 2.0 port. One thing to note about the 6800 Duo card is that it also routes 4 DP signals internally to the other Thunderbolt ports; where the other cards only do 2.
 
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The mark ups are ludicrous. A lot of that professional gear is made in the same factory as less sprofessional gear with very little difference. Whilst I'm not saying that I would charge any less than I could get away with. It's peanuts compared to the sell price.

You sound extremely naive and like someone that has never been in the 'productin loop'.

Typically professional gear is better binned, and will have better support on the backend.
 

adamjackson

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https://www.apple.com/shop/mac/accessories/mac-components?page=1&s=priceHL

This is such a weird page to scroll through $1000 stands, $300 feet, $700 wheels, $70 hard drive cables, $2800 SSD kits.

It's like when once a year, I get drunk and browse the Porsche vehicle configurator page and look at the options and start to think "$8,000 for a radio seems like a fair price"
 

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I'm a rolling stone.
It may be made in the same factory as "less than professional gear" BUT these are not as mass produced as "less professional" components. So they cost significantly more to produce than mainstream stuff.

As with ANY low volume stuff in the world, cost is higher. I'm not saying that the cost is reasonable but Apple barely makes any money on these things I would assume.
Rounded prices are a sign that things are too expensive, like the $2800, it becomes ridiculous when prices are even more rounded, like the $5000 and $6000 cards.

I am aware that these cards are for very few (niche)professionals, I am also aware I am a consumer, doesn't affect me, so read the above comment as just an opinion, nothing more/less.
 
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