“Major graphics processing providers AMD and Nvidia are set to unveil new GPU products this year featuring Global Foundries’ 14 nm FinFET and TSMC’s 16 nm FinFET Plus processor nodes, respectively, allowing for significant improvements in graphics performance,” Chris Jenkins reports for MacRumors.
“AMD’s ‘Polaris’ and Nvidia’s ‘Pascal’ architectures both utilize the latest FinFET silicon processes and will represent the first GPU process node change since 28 nm GPUs debuted in 2011,” Jenkins reports. “Both AMD and Nvidia skipped the intermediate 20 nm node, elongating the typical release cycle of consumer graphics processors.”
“Though GPU rumor cycles tend to focus on desktop products, AMD’s CEO stated that both desktops and laptops featuring the new Polaris GPUs are expected to launch before the back to school season. Apple has traditionally alternated between GPU offerings from both AMD and Nvidia when it comes to its product lines, with AMD owning the wins for the latest iterations of both the 27-inch iMac and MacBook Pro lines,” Jenkins reports. “The MacBook Pro in particular is due for an update, and rumors have suggested new models could arrive at WWDC in June…”
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MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, Apple can incorporate powerful new GPUs into new MacBook Pros in time for WWDC 2016.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]