Apple has officially released its new Mac Pro into the wild, a new PC that when configured with the best internals you can buy will set you back over $53,000 -- but at the same time AMD has announced the new Radeon Pro W5700X workstation graphics card.
The new Radeon Pro W5700X is a higher-end version of the Navi 10-based Radeon Pro W5700, except this time it features the full Navi 10 die. This means it rolls out with 2560 shading units, versus the 2304 found in the regular Radeon Pro W5700. It also doubles the VRAM count up to 16GB of GDDR6, versus just 8GB of GDDR6 in the regular Radeon Pro W5700.
AMD's new Radeon Pro W5700X is better specced across the board with 9.5 TFLOPs of single-precision compute performance, versus 8.89 TFLOPs on the regular Radeon Pro W5700. We have 160 texture units versus 144 on the regular W5700, while both cards still maintain 64 ROPs. The Navi 10 GPU is clocked lower on the new Radeon Pro W5700X with 1855MHz boost, down from 1930MHz on the normal W5700.
Both cards use GDDR6 at the same frequencies resulting in 448GB/sec of memory bandwidth, but the new Radeon Pro W5700X doubles it to 16GB versus 8GB. This is the big deal with AMD's new Radeon Pro W5700X: the doubling in framebuffer to 16GB of super-fast GDDR6, versus just 8GB in the regular W5700.
There's currently no ETA on the Radeon Pro W5700 and W5700X-powered Mac Pros as of now, but I'm sure that'll change in the coming weeks and more so in 2020.
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