Shortly after the release of its new MacBook Pro 13, Apple has updated its MacBook Pro 16 offering with a new powerful GPU option. Previously, the best graphics you could get is the AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6 RAM. Now you can go a step further with a Radeon Pro 5600M.
If you are customising your MacBook Pro 16, the jump from AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB GDDR6 RAM to 8GB GDDR6 RAM costs $150 more. For those that need even more power for graphics, the jump from the Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB GDDR6 to Radeon Pro 5600M with 8GB of HBM2 memory would cost you an extra $1050 as shown below.
It is reported that the 5600M is 75% faster than the 5500M in benchmarks and this would be beneficial for those working on graphics-intensive tasks such as 3D rendering or game development. The new top-of-the-line GPU offers up to 40 compute units while the High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) offers a bandwidth of up to 394GB/s.
Compared to the last generation MacBook Pro 15 with Radeon Pro 560X 4GB GDDR5 RAM, the MacBook Pro 16 with Radeon Pro 5600M 8GB HBM2 is said to offer up to 3.5x faster render on Maxon Cinema 4D, up to 3.4X timeline render performance for Final Cut Pro X and 2.6x faster game performance for Fortnite.
Solid and premium build
Its build alone is enough to blow most PC machines out of the water. Every seam, every little corner feels like it was machined in a hermetically sealed lab by a Sheldon Cooper-type. Does it lack character? Yeah, because it looks like every other MacBook out there, but if the build is this phenomenal, I don’t think anyone would mind.
The chassis is rigid, and the screen has hardly any flex. It feels like an absolute unit—dense and unyielding. I also love how Apple gets the clamshell design just right. Something as simple as the hinge resistance and weight of the bottom half is so perfectly dialed in that every single Mac I’ve used has passed the one-finger-open test with flying colours.
Quintessentially Apple, simple and beautiful
On top of that amazing hardware, the MacBook Pro 16 is quintessentially Apple in the way that the iPhone is. It just works so well with every other key Apple device in the ecosystem. Airdrop, for example, works like a charm for our workflow. We shoot a lot of video on iPhones, so being able to quickly offload it to the laptop without faffing about with a cable is just awesome.
And how has nobody else thought of SideCar? Like seriously, it’s bad enough that Apple has the best tablets in the market with their line of iPads, but now you’re telling me they can instantly double as a secondary display on the go? In retrospect, it seems like such an obvious idea, but I have yet to see anyone else execute it the way Apple does.
Sure, it’s not a perfect solution, but with my 10.5” iPad Air, I get a screen that’s just big enough to dump stuff that I want to keep an eye on but not clutter my main display in an instant. It’s just so awesome, I can’t get over how useful it is.
What’s more, if you have an Apple Watch, you’ve got an easy way to secure and unlock your MacBook with Auto Unlock. And if you have an iPhone and you get a FaceTime call or an iMessage your laptop rings too, like it just works and that’s thanks to something called Continuity.
Plus, it goes even deeper than that. You can use your iPhone to scan a document and have that appear on your Mac. You can instantly connect to your iPhone’s hotspot without needing to enter a password. You even have access to a universal clipboard so you can copy text on one device and paste it in another.
It’s quite incredible how much you can do with this feature. And none of them really feel shoehorned in the way something like Huawei’s Huawei Share feature does. Everything feels well thought out and properly executed in this regard. But, inevitably, while the magical aura around the hardware and ecosystem definitely elevated the MacBook Pro in my eyes, what I quickly realised I probably could never live with was MacOS.
I don’t think that the MacBook is the utopia all laptop users should go towards. And for this particular long-time Windows user, I won’t be making the switch. But, I can definitely see how a Windows user with a different workflow than mine might actually prefer MacOS over Windows.
You can get 1 now with the upgraded GPU at a price befitting of every Apple products at Apple store now.