Opinion: Why Macs Should Switch to AMD Processors

Jan

12

2019

It’s no secret to anyone that in the foreseeable future, Apple intends to transfer Mac computers to ARM processors. This solution has both advantages and disadvantages. However, the rejection of the x86 architecture is planned only for the years 2021-2022, and you need to release updated Macs every year. And it is quite possible that Apple should look at AMD processors right now. Why? Now tell.

The first Macs with Intel processors appeared on the market back in 2006. The choice fell on them for a reason – then the American manufacturer offered the most productive solutions. Alas, at that time, AMD could not compete with its main competitor. For many years, Apple has used Intel chipsets, but it seems that recently a well-known chip maker began to lose ground – both to ARM developments and AMD processors.

Literally the other day, at CES 2019, AMD showed its new developments – the third generation Ryzen chips, built on a 7-nanometer process. The latest single-chip systems turned out to be so productive that they could beat the top-end Intel Core i9-9900k processor in the Cinebench brand benchmark. At the same time, the AMD test system consumed even less energy – the difference was about 25%.

Despite a significant performance boost in the last two generations of Intel processors, AMD offers similar, or even better, performance for much less money. As for the integrated graphics, then here is the undoubted advantage of AMD – the company has learned to make such graphic solutions that bypass the speed of Intel HD Graphics and Iris Graphics by 2-3 times.

Obviously, Apple should pay attention to the AMD processor segment. These chips are cheaper, they are productive and energy efficient. Without a doubt, the top solutions of the chip maker can be successfully used in professional computers like Mac Pro or iMac Pro. At the same time, mobile processors from AMD will get rid of the main drawback of the MacBook Pro 13 – poor graphics performance.

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