Radeon Pro GPU main processor acceleration

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fotoflux, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. fotoflux macrumors newbie

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    AMD states the following on their Radeon Pro site: Radeon™ Pro Graphics on the MacBook accelerate workloads normally reserved for the main processor.

    http://creators.radeon.com/radeon-pro/

    Does that mean that there is baked in support in OS X to hand off computational tasks of compatible types to the GPU? Or is this the same stuff that has been around for years where developers would have to add GPU support individually in applications to perform non graphics related tasks?

    If there is baked in support, does anybody know what things I would expect to see handed off to the GPU automatically?
     
  2. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

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    OpenCL (for a few years) and now Metal. But you don't see the benefits of GPGPU in an operating system alone. Not until we start have VR interfaces or something.

    A good example of a well optimised GPGPU app is Final Cut Pro X.
     
  3. andrewj macrumors regular

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    On the other hand, I haven't seen any speed improvements with Lightroom.
     
  4. jackoatmon macrumors 6502a

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    as mentioned, it's app-specific

    FCPX does a rly great job of it, hence seeing crazy numbers like it finishing tasks 7-12X faster than Premiere Pro. Adobe programs aren't super hot in this regard, though one assumes they'll get better and better.
     

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