Apple Mac Pro Internal SSD Upgrade Kit and 16-Inch MBP GPU Option Introduced

June 24th, 2020
Apple Mac Pro Internal SSD Upgrade Kit and 16-Inch MBP GPU Option Introduced

Apple quietly introduced a Mac Pro internal SSD upgrade kit that allows you to expend the proprietary ultra-fast internal storage of the machine quickly. Also, for filmmakers and creatives on the move, you now have the option to configure the 16-inch MacBook Pro with a new high-end AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU. Let’s take a closer look at these Apple updates!

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New GPU Option for the 16-Inch MacBook Pro

The 16-inch MacBook Pro has been out for a few months now, and Apple just released a new GPU option for this powerful laptop: the AMD Radeon Pro 5600M. This GPU is custom-made for Apple by AMD, as the Vega 16/20 for the MacBook Pro or the Vega II for the Mac Pro.

The Radeon Pro 5600M features the latest AMD RDNA architecture and is based on the Navi 12 chipset. In terms of characteristics, there are 40 CU, which means a whopping 2560 Stream Processors. However, one of the most significant improvements of the 5600M GPU over its predecessor is the memory. It uses up to 8GB of HBM2 memory instead of GDDR6 memory, which is much faster and can reach a memory bandwidth of up to 394GB/s.

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According to Apple, the AMD Radeon Pro 5600M is 0.6 times faster – and close to 50% faster on DaVinci Resolve – than the previous 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6.

The AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU option is available now in the Apple Store, and you have two options. If you select the base-model 16-inch MacBook Pro, you can add the 5600M GPU with 8GB of GDDR6 memory for an extra $200.00, or you can choose the HBM2 model for $800.00.

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Apple Mac Pro Internal SSD Upgrade Kit

The latest Apple Mac Pro is supposed to be the most powerful and user-upgradable Apple desktop computer ever made. However, the only part that could not be upgraded by the end-user was the internal SSD. In short, Apple uses proprietary SSD drives on the Mac Pro, and they are paired to the machine via the T2 security chip. Yet finally, Apple just released an Apple Mac Pro internal SSD upgrade kit that now solves this problem!

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Don’t get me wrong, like everything from Apple, there is a (big) price to pay to get your hands on one of the Mac Pro internal SSD upgrade kit. Also, it is more expensive to buy a kit later down the road rather than getting it from the Mac Pro configurator. Otherwise, if you are running out of money when building the desktop computer of your dreams, or you want to expand your internal storage capacities, at least you can do it. Please note that you’ll also need another Mac computer with macOS 10.14.6 or later and Apple Configurator 2.12 or later to update your Mac Pro.

The 1TB Mac Pro internal SSD kit is $600.00, the 2TB option is $1000.00, the 4TB version is $1600.00, and the 8TB kit is $2800.00.

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What do you think about these Apple updates? What GPU option did you choose for your 16-inch MacBook Pro? Did you already make the switch to the latest Mac Pro? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!

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June 24th, 2020

Tough call on buying the 16” MacBook Pro right now after Apple announced their new Arm chips. Curious how long this laptop will be good for as far as support and how it adapts to the new OS?

 Brian DeViteri
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June 24th, 2020
Reply to  Jim

Will be supported for at least 5 years after purchase by Apple (at least 2025), so should be good til at least macOS 11.4 (likely longer).

This is assuming Intel continues to support the CPU with microcode updates, but there are no guarantees that will happen. i9-9980HK was released in mid 2019, so should get updates until at least late 2026 (likely longer).

Will McGough
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June 25th, 2020
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Jim, I agree with Brian’s comment below: Apple announced they would be supporting Intel Macs for “years to come”. Furthermore, the powerful Macs (like the MacBook Pro 16 for laptops and Mac Pro for desktops) are likely to be the last that are updated to Apple Silicon because their chip designs are currently designed for much smaller scale performance.
5600M looks absolutely fantastic and I am definitely envious even with the 5500M 8GB. (Double the memory speed and all of those extra compute cores is well worth the upgrade cost if you use Resolve or FCPx.) If I was in the market right now, I would not hesitate to purchase the 16″ MBP with the 5600M.

 Brian DeViteri
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June 24th, 2020

Worth noting – you need another Mac with USB-C running Apple Configurator 2 in order to upgrade your MacPro7,1 SSDs.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210626

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