Radeon Pro 555 or Radeon Pro 560

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  1. pagol, Jul 16, 2017
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    pagol macrumors newbie

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    Hello Guys

    Want to buy macbook pro. This is will my first mac. I am web designer and developer and so on. most of time I user photoshop, dreamweave, xampp, ftp software and many browser window with skype etc. I am not really play game, do not do CAD and 3D work. But I will external one big screen and work.

    My plan is 2017 15inch model

    • Touch Bar and Touch ID
    • 2.8GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
    • 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
    • 512GB SSD storage
    • Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB memory
    My question is should I take Radeon Pro 555 or upgrade Radeon Pro 560. Is is Radeon Pro 560 will make mac HOT ?

    Currently I am using MSI PE70 (i7-5700HQ), 256SSD, GTX 960M ..
    when i am using illustrator cc 2017 that moment my laptop got bit HOT. which i don't like it
     
  2. maxsquared macrumors regular

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    Absolutely no reason to get a 560. I'd save your money to buy some dongles or something.
     
  3. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

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    Save your money.

    I'm actually surprised anyone in the market for a 15" Macbook Pro has this conundrum, especially when they don't play games, do any CAD work, or do any 3D modelling.
     
  4. negativzero macrumors 6502a

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    Well I took the 2.9GHz model with Radeon 560, why? Because it was only $100 more but thats just me.
     
  5. ncm34 macrumors member

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    For $100 it's not a bad upgrade at all

    Some reasons I have seen people stick with the base GPU:
    - They don't need the power of the 560 on the go -- with an eGPU setup at the desk, they can get many multiples of the 560's power (ie: 560 has 1.9TFLOPS while GTX 1080 Ti puts out 11.3TFLOPS)
    - They simply need the GPU to free up the system RAM that the Iris Pro would have taken for itself. I think this is an underrated part of the 15 in" tbMBP, in that you can actually have all 16GB of RAM made available to system processes and user applications by switching to the dGPU
    - 555 provides better battery life than the 560
     
  6. iregret macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for pointing that stuff out. Those are all good points I hadn't considered.

    Is there a solid eGPU and or DOCK thread around here? I'll be getting the base 15" and need to figure out how I'm going to hook up 2 Dell P2415Q monitors. I need that 60hz refresh rate on both of them!
     
  7. saobang3886 macrumors newbie

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    If you play big game or modeling 3D, you need eGPU, so get 555 and save money for that, if only play some medium, casual game, you can get the 560.
     
  8. ncm34 macrumors member

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    Not sure if there's already a thread, but I've heard good things about the Akito Node
     
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  10. psynnott macrumors 6502

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    wrong way round, the 560 is the better gpu
     
  11. iregret macrumors 6502a

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    What he/she is saying is, if you're really into gaming, get the 555 because it's cheaper and look into eGPU setups. If you're a casual gamer and need a bit more umph, but not so much that you want to purchase an eGPU, then go with the 560 for $100 more.
     
  12. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

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    He means neither the 555 nor the 560 is good enough for gaming, so it's better to just get the base GPU (i.e. 555) and invest in an eGPU solution.

    I agree with him; although, if you're playing serious AAA games, you might as well get yourself a Windows desktop.
     
  13. jpma macrumors 6502

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    the misconception of dgpu 555,560 is that once your doing intense graphic apps your more likely to be connected to a power source.

    For average use it will probably be using the internal Intel graphics which yearn around 7-9 hrs, I would say.
    So calculating power usage when dgpu activates is totally different than the Apple's estimation.
    most likely won't go more than 3-4hrs for sure.
     
  14. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

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    How do you find out which gpu is being used by the system at any given time?
     
  15. jpma macrumors 6502

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    Activity monitor
     
  16. negativzero macrumors 6502a

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    Ea
    easier to use gfxcardstatus instead :)
     
  17. ncm34 macrumors member

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    how is your experience using gfxcardstatus on the tbMBP? i've found its really buggy when i want to force integrated
     
  18. hajime macrumors 601

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    Can the Radeon Pro 555 be used to drive an external 4K monitor/TV at 60Hz? I have an USB-C to HDMI 2.0 adapter. I may also buy a Caligit TS3+ and connect it to an DisplotPort to HDMI 2.0 adapter and then to the TV via its HDMI 2.0 port at the back.

    For CAD, the Nvidia GeForce GT750M on a 15" rMBP 2014 bought by school is sufficient. Is the Radeon Pro 555 better or worse than the GT750M?


     
  19. smallcoffee macrumors 65816

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    Well, depending on the workload the GPU will always get hot. For $100 more why not with the 560. On the other hand, with the 2017 MacBook Pro you can plug in an external GPU if needed.

    On the other-other hand, if you're not playing any games or doing video editing, the 555 is probably more than enough.
     
  20. hajime macrumors 601

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    How much battery power (in terms of minutes) can one save using the 555?
     
  21. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    For $100 its probably the best value upgrade apple do on any machine I'd go for it.
     
  22. hajime macrumors 601

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    I always buy the highest-end model but this time I do not want to "waste" money on the MBP if I am going to get the 2017 version with buggy keyboard. If I am going to buy it, it is not I want but I have no choice but to buy it because I have to start to get my work going after 2-year of meaningless wait.
     
  23. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Or your keyboard may be absolutely fine for years and you love it.
     

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