It looks like we’re within the midst of one thing thrilling for AMD in relation to the artistic market.
Group Crimson appears to have gotten a little bit of its mojo again after having launched a pair of recent graphic playing cards for workstations (the Navi-3 infused W7900 and the W7800), GPUs would be the precursors to the followup of the Radeon Professional W6800X Duo, which could be discovered within the Apple Mac Professional and pairs two GPU on one card.
There’s additionally the extra widespread adoption of EPYC as a workstation-class processor (quite than simply for servers) with not less than a dozen boutique distributors worldwide providing AMD’s Xeon rival in workstations (The Mediaworkstations aX2P deserves an accolade for being by far essentially the most modern with its 6-display cell workstation).
The Mac Professional is the final Apple product that runs on non Apple silicon and whereas many might argue that the Mac Studio – Apple’s strongest PC up to now – is a good substitute for almost all of creatives, there’s a slim however nonetheless (most likely) good portion of pros that would want (and need) extra modularity and growth capabilities.
Apart from the truth that the Studio could be configured with as much as solely 128GB of RAM (the Mac Professional can take as much as 12x extra RAM), its GPU efficiency remains to be far behind what AMD and Nvidia’s discrete skilled video playing cards can obtain. So except Apple chooses to remove the Mac Professional line (as a result of it’s not a precedence) or if it manages to magically resolve all the present obstacles to a Mac Professional with Apple Silicon, likelihood is the subsequent Mac Professional will nonetheless be primarily based on x86.
AMD-based Apple Mac Professional?
Is there a possible for an Epyc-based Mac Professional on the horizon? We wouldn’t low cost that risk. AMD is not the challenger, Intel is (not less than primarily based on market capitalization) and whereas future Intel Xeon merchandise look very promising, proper now, AMD, with its Zen 4 structure, has the higher hand and appears to be the logical associate for an x86-based Mac Professional, one that can purchase Apple just a few years till it lastly get the Mac Professional by itself silicon.
So what would a top-of-the-range Mac Professional primarily based on AMD elements appear like? We went for a reasonably comparable spec however there’s the likelihood that Apple goes for a considerably extra highly effective system as Epyc processors could be paired with a complete of 192 cores.
|Header Cell – Column 0||Mac Professional 2019||Mac Professional 2023|
|Processor||Intel Xeon W (28 cores)||AMD Epyc (32 cores)|
|Reminiscence||1.5TB ECC DDR4||1.5TB ECC DDR5|
|Video card||2x Radeon Professional W6900X with 32GB every||2x Radeon Professional W7900 with 64GB every|
|Storage||8TB SSD PCIe 3.0||16TB SSD PCIe 4.0|
|Complete worth||$51,799||$51,999 (??)|