Vega 20 MacBook Pro Review
When Apple announced the Vega 20 they kind of did a praise stealth announcement with it. their website had some seemingly impressive graphs. But, because it didn’t have Adobe Premiere on those charts and I use Adobe Premiere as my regular video editing thing, I was not expecting very much from this device. It is because I’m thinking like, why not put premiere in there unless it was not a very impressive performance increase.But still, it’s awesome.
There’s a significantly faster render time on the new Vega 20 compared to the Radeon 560 X from three months ago. Also, it’s not just rendering time, its playback the whole system feels significantly faster. Running this new Vega 20 GPU when you run some other benchmark so you can see some very significant improvements over the 560 X and the thing is that 560 X was a GPU that existed in their Mac books since 2016 like ever since.
They went to this new style they’ve been using that kind of GPU. They bumped up the clock speed a little bit every year, but it was actually the same architecture. The new Vega 20 is completely new and it just finally feels appropriate for 2018. Because that 560 X from a few months ago was just underpowered compared to all the other Windows laptops and even as someone who prefers Mac OS I just found myself using Windows laptops. Because that performance difference was way too big to ignore. and when it comes to gaming I only played some games native to Mac OS since there’s a bit of a bump from the 560 X but it’s not massive. Keep in mind that most games are gonna run slower on Mac OS and they would on Windows. But, the truth is any kind of comparable thin and light Windows gaming laptop is gonna crush the MacBook.
The thermal performance is a little bit better I’m noticing a premiere for long renders, it’s actually getting slightly lower temperatures. the fans aren’t any louder but the temperatures are a little bit lower. and I’m assuming it’s from better efficiency on the GPU, so you have lower GPU temperatures causing lower overall system temperature. Now, the bad thing about this new Vega 20 MacBook is the price. So this thing is now a $350 price increase if you want that upgrade. and this is on a device that’s already very expensive also for people that owned the original 2018 MacBook Pro from like two or three months ago. The existence of this new Vega 20 GPU going to hurts some people because that old MacBook is no longer the most powerful MacBook Pro on the market. So, for people that depend on this stuff for work, it’s just so tempting to pick. Another case really depending on what you do and your applications and what you plan on doing with it might be worth it.
So, here my closing thoughts if you’re professional and use this for work this is going to make sense for the right application. if you’re playing games like you’d have to be a serious baller to buy something like this to play games but if that’s your jam the performance increase on this and games is just not there. But, the pricing is something I’m defending. The pricing is very reasonably good since you can’t get anything like this in the Windows laptop market. You can’t get a USB C powered device that has this kind of performance in the package like this in any Windows laptop. It just doesn’t exist. So, the fact that they haven’t monopoly on a product like this allows Apple to charge whatever they want. hope you guys enjoyed.
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