Who are the new Vega Options for?

Platocplx

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Hey all im trying to see if possibly i dont need to spend 3,184.00 for the Vega Macbook Pro vs going with the touchbar 15" at 2609 so i could save almost 500 dollars. Only add on im thinking of is the 32 Gigs or RAM and not upgrading the radeon to the 560 vs the 555 since im not missing much in that area.
I know most dont have the new lapptop in hand yet but wondering if there really is much benefit for me to spend over 500 more to get the next card.

All I currently plan to do is the following:

Run Parallels to have a hybrid Mac and MS App experience.
Process Raw Photos with Capture one from time to time.
Possibly some development with an application like powerBI or javascript or R programming language.
Maybe have some databases running as well for testing purposes etc.
 

Padsterman

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Video editors? That's why I am probably going for a Vega option. I will max out the RAM to 32gb and up the ssd to 1tb as they are soldered on as well. Not sure if the i9 is worth it what with all the heat/throttling issues or have Apple really fixed that in that firmware/OS update?
 
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deadworlds

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Based on your use case I would recommend going with the 555 or 560. Vega chips are more geared towards heavy photoshop projects and/or 3D modeling using CAD software or Maya/3Ds Max etc.
 
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Platocplx

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Video editors? That's why I am probably going for a Vega option. I will max out the RAM to 32gb and up the ssd to 1tb as they are soldered on as well. Not sure if the i9 is worth it what with all the heat/throttling issues or have Apple really fixed that in that firmware/OS update?
I’ve heard it’s fixed now. I’m curious if there may be less heat for the Vega with the i9 but might def have to see those benchmarks.
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Based on your use case I would recommend going with the 555 or 560. Vega chips are more geared towards heavy photoshop projects and/or 3D modeling using CAD software or Maya/3Ds Max etc.
Thats what I figured I didn’t need it for my uses. The ram is what I cared about more. Wish the 13 had a 32 gig option. Thank you!
 

Ma2k5

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From your use, it seems like you could save a lot of money going for an i7/16/512/RX560.

32GB RAM is overkill for all that, it is even doable on 8GB RAM (but 16GB is nice for the cushion and of course for 3/5 years down the line).

Parallels with 8GB RAM running full fat VS/SSMS was possible back in 2016 on the 12” MacBook with core-M, they aren’t the resource hog you may think they are.
 

TheRealAlex

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Hey all im trying to see if possibly i dont need to spend 3,184.00 for the Vega Macbook Pro vs going with the touchbar 15" at 2609 so i could save almost 500 dollars. Only add on im thinking of is the 32 Gigs or RAM and not upgrading the radeon to the 560 vs the 555 since im not missing much in that area.
I know most dont have the new lapptop in hand yet but wondering if there really is much benefit for me to spend over 500 more to get the next card.

All I currently plan to do is the following:

Run Parallels to have a hybrid Mac and MS App experience.
Process Raw Photos with Capture one from time to time.
Possibly some development with an application like powerBI or javascript or R programming language.
Maybe have some databases running as well for testing purposes etc.
I’ve seen some early Youtuve videos and I will say this.
They are for people who Enjoy only 2 hour battery life.
And I canceled my Order.

My 11” iPad Pro will serve me through 2019,
And I’ll buy a New MacBook Pro in 2020 with the redesign and Intel 10nm CPU and hopefully Apple will improve the thermals and cooling of the MacBook Pros, with a 7nm VEGA 30 by then.

Vega 20 at 14nm die and it’s battery sucking HBM2 RAM, pair with hot 14nm Intel is a recipe for disaster.
Two 14nm chip in a 15” MBP, they will burn through a new battery yearly.
 

leman

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I’ve seen some early Youtuve videos and I will say this..

Why are you lying? There is not a single video reviewing these GPUs at the moment you write your post. Simply because nobody has the laptop yet.


Vega 20 at 14nm die and it’s battery sucking HBM2 RAM, pair with hot 14nm Intel is a recipe for disaster.

Two 14nm chip in a 15” MBP, they will burn through a new battery yearly.

Again, why are you lying? HBM2 consumes less power than GDDR5. And Radeon 560X is also a 14nm GPU. Even more terrible - NVIDIA 750M in the 2013/2014 models was on 28mn. Now that should have sucked the battery out in literally seconds :D
 

Platocplx

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From your use, it seems like you could save a lot of money going for an i7/16/512/RX560.

32GB RAM is overkill for all that, it is even doable on 8GB RAM (but 16GB is nice for the cushion and of course for 3/5 years down the line).

Parallels with 8GB RAM running full fat VS/SSMS was possible back in 2016 on the 12” MacBook with core-M, they aren’t the resource hog you may think they are.
Really? Yeah I wasn’t sure. I was going to just do the unified item that parallels does with windows apps. I was thinking 32 gigs would allow for me to keep the laptop longer.