Apple today began selling a new Radion Pro W500500 MPX module for the Mac Pro, providing users with one more GPU option. This new module comes as a cheaper choice than the Radion Pro W577X MPX module launched in April this year.
The Radion Pro W700 delivers 1GB of GDDR memory with 576 x 446GB / s bandwidth, while the Radion Pro W5500 comes with 8GB of memory and 224GB / s bandwidth, providing half the performance of more expensive models.
Another difference between these two models is that the W577X has four Thunderbolt 3 ports and an HDMI 2.0 port, while the W5500X comes with only two HDMI 2.0 ports.
Here’s how Apple describes the new Radion Pro W500500X MPX module:
Based on the RDNA architecture of the 8MD Radion Pro W500500X AMD with GDDR6 memory, it features 5.6 terallaflaps for single-precision performance or 11.2 teralaplaps for semi-precision computing. It supports four 4K displays, a 5K display, or a Pro display XDR. The half-height MPX module design fits into an MPX beam and enables PCIe Slot 2 for extra expansion.
The Radion Pro W500500 GPU can be added to the Mac Pro during the build-to-order process at an additional cost of 200 200. The new GPU is available as a standalone MPX module that can already be purchased on Apple’s website for the Apple 600. In comparison, the Radion Pro W577X MPX module costs 1,000.
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