It was revealed rather quietly after Apple’s recent hardware event that the company will soon be offering AMD Radeon Pro Vega GPU options for the MacBook Pro. The company is now selling the optional GPUs through its online store. You can head over there now and configure a 15 inch MacBook Pro with an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16 or Vega 20 GPU.


The option to add more powerful graphics to this MacBook Pro is live starting today. Customers can now choose a Vega 16 or Vega 20 GPU as a discrete graphics chip instead of the Intel UHD Graphics 630 that comes as standard on the 15 inch MacBook Pro.

Apple previously offered Radeon Pro 555X or Radeon Pro 560X GPU with each having 4GB of GDDR5 memory. It now allows customers to opt for Vega 16 or Vega 20 and both of them have 4GB of HBM2 memory. The second generation High Bandwidth Memory offers more memory bandwidth per chip and consumes less power than GDDR5. These powerful graphics chips also have a Rapid Packed Math feature to accelerate processing of workloads in realtime in order to reduce the resources needed for repetitive tasks.

Customers can configure the 15 inch MacBook Pro with these GPUs starting today from Apple’s online stores and retail outlets through custom orders only. The upgrade from the Radeon Pro 560X to the Radeon Pro Vega 16 and Vega 20 costs $250 and $350 respectively.

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