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AMD’s 5500-series has the full Navi 14 GPU only in new MacBooks. What about the PC?

It’s time to get angry people. The polo necks are stealing our mainstream graphics cards and slapping them into $3,000 non-gaming laptops with barely an RGB between them. Yes, AMD has gotten completely into bed with Apple and looks like it’s giving the fruity folk exclusive access to the full Navi 14 GPU for its new 16-inch MacBook Pro.

After kinda launching the Navi-powered AMD RX 5500-series graphics cards last month, with a curiously cut-down Navi 14 GPU, we were left wondering what AMD was doing with the full RDNA silicon it had at its disposal. And now we know; AMD’s selling it at a premium for Apple to put into its premium laptops.

The RX 5500M and RX 5500 laptop and desktop GPUs for the PC come with a core configuration of just 22 compute units and therefore 1,408 RDNA cores. But Apple is listing the new MacBook Pro 16 with a 24 compute unit Radeon Pro 5500M which will contain the full 1,536 core version of the Navi 14 GPU.