“Following the announcement of the new Apple MacBook Pro, AMD has launched the Radeon Pro 400 series of power-efficient graphics cards for laptops,” Mark Walton reports for Ars Technica. “The range spans the Radeon Pro 450, the Radeon Pro 455, and the Radeon Pro 460, all of which are available in various models of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro. All are based on AMD’s latest 14nm FinFET Polaris architecture, as used in desktop gaming cards like the RX 480, and all have a thermal envelope of less than 35W.”

“Unfortunately, while AMD claims the Radeon Pro 400 series is great for content creators like ‘artists, designers, photographers, filmmakers, and engineers,’ those hoping to do a bit of gaming on their shiny new MacBook Pro will probably struggle,” Walton reports. “With 640 stream processors (10 compute units) and 80GB/s of peak memory throughput, the Radeon Pro 450 is likely to perform similarly to the likes of the Radeon HD 7770 and R7 250X, both of which feature similar specifications. Reviews of the R7 250X show that while 1080p gaming at low and medium settings is mostly acceptable, high settings at reasonable frame rates are out of reach.”

“If you really want to do some gaming on your new MacBook Pro, there is one option available to you,” Walton reports. “The high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro (starting at £2,350) can be configured to use the Radeon Pro 460 for an additional £180. The Pro 460 will get you up to 1080p @ 60FPS in some games, with higher quality settings.”

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