RX 6900 XT GPU in 16" MacBook Pro versus 2019 Mac Pro
May 12th, 2021 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist
How fast does the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT run connected to the 16" MacBook Pro versus the 2019 Mac Pro?
RX 6900 XT, Mac Pro = AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT in 2019 Mac Pro 3.3GHz 12-Core Xeon W CPU
RX 6900 XT, rMBP 16" = AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT connected to 16" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz 8-Core i9 using the OWC Node Titan eGPU
Pro 5500M, rMBP 16" = AMD Radeon Pro 5500M in 16" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz 8-Core i9
Testing Note: macOS Big Sur 11.4 Beta
BasemarkGPU - Metal
Official Test at 4K resolution and HIGH Content Quality. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
Geekbench 5 - Metal
Metal GPU test. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
GFXBench - Metal
Aztec High Tier OFFscreen. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
Octane X - Metal
Using Benchmark Trench. (LOWER time in Seconds = FASTER)
DaVinci Resolve 17 - Metal
Playback the Candle 1080p project using triple noise reduction. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
TW: Warhammer II - Metal
Ran Skaven built-in benchmark at 3840x2160 High. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
Shadow of Tomb Raider - Metal
Ran built-in benchmark at 3840x2160 High. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
WHAT DID WE LEARN?
The AMD RX 6900 XT runs fast in the 16" MacBook Pro, but not as fast when it is installed in the 2019 Mac Pro... with one exception. (Note that the AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series requires Big Sur 11.4 or later when running on a Mac.)
The 16" MacBook Pro used the internal display for all tests except Warhammer and Shadow of Tomb Raider. For those tests we used two of the DisplayPorts to light up the Dell UP2715K.
We chose the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 6900 XT because it was 12.2 inches long. Versions longer than that will not fit in the 2019 Mac Pro.
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