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Introducing Radeon™ Pro 500 Series for iMac: Powerful Performance for Breathtaking 5K Computing

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[Originally posted on 06/05/17]

Last year we went to extraordinary lengths to help enable the art of the impossible, because there are millions of creators from all walks of life constantly composing their digital dreams. That’s why we’re thrilled to be expanding our family of high-performance, power-efficient “Polaris”-based GPUs with today’s unveiling of Radeon™ Pro 500 series graphics, available now in the updated iMac from Apple.

The top end of our Radeon Pro 500 Series packs 36 Compute Units (2304 stream processors) and delivers up to 5.5 TFLOPS of performance. That means plenty of horsepower to fuel the imaginations of artists, designers, photographers, filmmakers, visualizers, engineers, and all aspiring creatives across high-resolution canvases in the most popular applications.

But a lot of creators like to balance work with play. For them, select iMac models* are also powerful enough to drive incredible VR experiences and deliver stunning graphics in the most visually demanding games, making our “Polaris”-based GPU architecture ideal for all-in-ones.

The updated 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac harness Radeon Pro 500 Series graphics to deliver exceptional performance and support GPU acceleration through OpenCL across a wide range of creative applications such as Adobe Premiere® Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop®, the Foundry’s Nuke and Mari, Autodesk® Maya®, and Maxon’s Cinema 4D.

Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect at AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group, had this to say about today’s announcement: “It is incredibly satisfying to see the capabilities of Radeon Pro 500 series in elegant form factors and enabling amazing content creation, gaming and VR experiences. Radeon Pro 500 Series graphics are enabling new generations of makers with compute-accelerated creative tools and new APIs, bringing their imaginations to life in ways like never before.”

Content creators are constantly looking at impossible challenges; problems that look unsolvable at first glance. But with the tools and technologies at their disposal, they’re creating incredible art that somehow brings the impossible to life. We’re proud to play a small role in that process.

*VR capabilities available on iMacs equipped with Radeon Pro 580 graphics

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Jason Evangelho, Sr. Technical Marketing Specialist for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.