AMD has formally taken the veil off of its latest mobile GPU lineup. Named the Radeon Pro 400 series, the latest family of Radeon mobile GPUs is set to feature unprecedented performance-to-power efficiency.
The family harnesses AMD’s flagship Polaris architecture, featured previously on AMD’s Radeon RX 480 desktop GPU. The GPU themselves are manufactured using GloFlo’s 14nm FinFET process node, promising increased power efficiency and low thermal output.
3 new graphics cards have made it to the family. The Radeon Pro 460 is the big gun, with 16 compute units, and a peak computes performance of 1.86 TFLOPs. Next is the Radeon Pro 455, which falls in the middle of the stack, with 1.3 TFLOPs of peak compute. Lastly, we have the Radeon Pro 450, coming in with 1 TFLOPs of peak computational capability.
|SPECIFICATIONS||AMD Radeon Pro 460||AMD Radeon Pro 455||AMD Radeon Pro 450|
|GPU||Polaris 11||Polaris 11||Polaris 11|
|Peak Compute||1.86 TFLOPs||1.3 TFLOPs||1 TFLOPs|
|Compute Units (CU)||16||12||10|
|TDP||<35 W||<35 W||<35 W|
|Memory||2 GB||2 GB||?|
|Memory Bandwidth||80 GB/s||80 GB/s||80 GB/s|
|Release||?||Nov 2016||Nov 2016|
As you can see from the spec sheet, all 3 chips consume less than 35 W of power. This makes them ideal for notebooks aiming to get maximum battery life, without sacrificing too much on performance.
Apple’s MacBook Pro notebooks fall into the above category, and unsurprisingly, they will be using the Radeon Pro 455 and Radeon Pro 450 in their upcoming iteration a couple of weeks from now.
Apart from Apple, not much is known about other vendors reaching out to AMD for these graphics chips. Gaming notebooks might pass on this series, as it doesn’t quite match the performance numbers of NVIDIA’s mobile Pascal chips. But laptops aiming for moderate graphical performance with stellar battery life should look no further than the Radeon Pro 400 series. The cards make their debut in a few weeks.
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