Is the AMD Radeon Pro 5600M as fast as the RX 5700 XT?
June 19th, 2020 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist
June 20th - corrected DaVinci 1NR graph and added 3NR graph
The AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU is an impressive option for the 16-inch MacBook Pro. How does it compare to the popular RX 5700 XT desktop GPU?
RX 5700 XT to External = 16-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz 8-Core with Radeon RX 5700 XT (8G of GDDR6) in eGPU directly connected to external Dell 5K display
RX 5700 XT to Internal = 16-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz 8-Core with Radeon RX 5700 XT (8G of GDDR6) in eGPU using internal laptop display
Pro 5600M to Internal = 16-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz 8-Core with Radeon Pro 5600M GPU (8G of HBM2) using internal laptop display
Geekbench 5 Metal Compute
Tests your system's potential for gaming, image processing, or video editing. (HIGHER Score = FASTER)
GFXBench 3.1 Metal
Aztec High Tier Offscreen Benchmark. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
LuxMark 3.1 OpenCL Benchmark
Ran the LuxBall scene. (HIGHER Samples per Second = FASTER)
DaVinci Resolve 16.2.2
Looping Playback of Candle 1080p project with single noise reduction node applied and using Metal (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
TW: Warhammer II
Built-in Skaven benchmark. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
Built-in three part benchmark. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
WHAT DID WE LEARN?
We were testing a suggestion that the new Pro 5600M GPU option for the 16-inch MacBook Pro could be as fast as the popular RX 5700 XT desktop GPU. The Pro 5600M was slightly faster running the Geekbench 5 Metal benchmark.
The RX 5700 XT beat the Pro 5600M on all other tests, although the two games needed help from an external display to complete the sweep.
At $700 USD, the Pro 5600M BTO is not cheap. However, an eGPU with the RX 5700 XT GPU would cost you that much or more. And if you are a 'grab and go' laptop user, having to tote around the eGPU would be a drag.
BONUS: The Pro 5600M and RX 5700 XT play well together. When both are active, apps like Blender 2.83 (with Metal ProRender add-on) and DaVinci Resolve get an extra boost in performance. Here is a sample of what using both the 5600M and 5700XT can do.
DaVinci Resolve 16.2.2
Looping Playback of Candle 1080p project with triple noise reduction node applied and using Metal (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
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