AMD Radeon Pro 5500M Geekbench Metal score — 9% faster than the Radeon Pro Vega 20 and 55% faster than the Radeon Pro 560X
The first Geekbench Metal listing of the AMD Radeon Pro 5500M is now available, and it looks like it offers a good upgrade over the Radeon Pro 560X found in the mid-2018 MacBook Pro 15. However, those who already have the end-2018 MacBook Pro 15 with a Radeon Pro Vega 20 might have less of an incentive to upgrade from a GPU standpoint.
While we've already seen the AMD Radeon RX 5500M debut with the MSI Alpha 15, AMD introduced the Radeon Pro 5500M alongside the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. The Pro version is an Apple-exclusive at the moment and features the full Navi 14 silicon with 24 compute units (CUs). The Radeon Pro 5500M can be had in both 4 GB and 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM options.
Geekbench Metal is designed for Apple products using the Metal graphics API so we cannot factor in the 'gimped' Radeon RX 5500M for PCs in these tests. There is still a possibility that AMD could introduce an XT version of the RX 5500/5500M enabling all 24 CUs with slightly higher clocks for PC users, but don't quote us on that.
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