You Need To Buy The Apple To Get The Sweet Sweet Radeon Pro Vega II Duo At The Core
A Peek At The Radeon Pro Vega II Is All You Get For Now
The release of the Radeon Pro Vega II and Radeon Pro Vega II Duo comes with both good and bad news. The good news is that the cards offer a lot of rendering power for designers; the bad is that you need to buy the new Apple Mac Pro in order to get your hands on one. As the name implies the Pro Vega II Duo is twice the card as it’s sibling, while remaining on a single PCB which is something we haven’t seen in a while.
The two cards are both 1.7GHz 7nm Vega, utilize HBM2 memory and AMD’s Infinity Fabric Link GPU interconnect tech to network multiple rendering systems together at 84GB/s. The Pro Vega II will give you 14TFLOPS of FP32 processing power, the Duo 28TFLOPS as well as 64GB of HBM2 as opposed to 32GB on the non-Duo. The Vega II has 64 Compute Units, 4096 Stream Processors while the Duo doubles those to 128 and 8192 respectively. As NVIDIA’s new RTX cards differ greatly in architecture, not to mention RT Cores, it is hard to directly compare them but it offers more processing power than the Quadro RTX 4000 and may fall somewhere between the Quadro RTX 6000 and 8000.
Given an entry-level Mac Pro with the Radeon Pro 580X starts at nearly $6,000, expect models with the new professional Vega cards to come with another number added to the mix. We can imagine a fully-specced Mac Pro with a Radeon Pro Vega II Duo will cost somewhere in the region of $30,000.