The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro. [credit: Samuel Axon ]
This morning, Apple quietly added a third discrete GPU configuration option to the 16-inch MacBook Pro available in its store: the new AMD Radeon Pro 5600M. It's a pricy upgrade, but Apple and GPU-maker AMD claim it offers substantially improved performance over the existing options.
The 7nm GPU is designed for video editing, color grading, and game and app development, according to Apple and AMD. Apple claims this 5600M GPU will deliver up to 75-percent faster performance than the Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6. (There is also a 5500M configuration with 8GB of memory.)
Upgrading to the Radeon Pro 5600M adds $700 to the 16-inch MacBook Pro’s purchase price over the default 5500M configuration with 4GB of memory. It’s $600 more than the 5500M with 8GB. That means the bare minimum to purchase a MacBook Pro with this GPU is about $3,500.