AMD unveils graphics processor for Apple’s Mac Pro

PTI New Delhi | Updated on December 24, 2013

A file photo Apple MacBook Pro. Photo: R Ravindran.   -  The Hindu

Chipmaker AMD today announced a dual AMD FirePro professional graphics solutions (GPUs) to boost the performance levels of the Apple's Mac Pro workstation.

AMD’s FirePro D300, D500 and D700 professional GPUs offer exceptional compute power and reliability for creativity and productivity in a wide range of applications, the firm said in a release.

With industry-adopted OpenCL (Open Computing Language) support, Mac Pro users have the ability to seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video and simultaneously render effects in the background and still have enough performance to power up to three high-resolution 4K displays, it added.

These new AMD FirePro GPUs are built on the strength of AMD’s award-winning Graphics Core Next GPU design — an architecture conceived from the ground up to intelligently managing rendering and compute workloads.

The combination of AMD FirePro GPUs and OpenCL, strongly supported by both Apple and AMD, is designed to deliver massive compute and graphics performance in one compact solution.

The dual AMD FirePro GPU options for Mac Pro feature up to 6GB of VRAM and up to 2048 stream processors per GPU, matched with top configurations capable of up to 7 teraflops of computing power.

OpenGL and OpenCL are optimised in OS X Mavericks to leverage the full computing power of the Mac Pro and dual GPUs, it said.

Published on December 24, 2013

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