Originally Posted by dieanotherday
that bezel sucks
why can't they use nvidia? I want a 2060 in there atleast.
In 2016 apple switched from nvidia to amd for several reasons.
First is the price, as AMD offered lower prices, second is wanting to do uniform systems, mainly because the 2013 mac pro used AMD pro specially made cards, and apple wanted the same drivers across the board, and mostly, because I expect AMD were more willing and wanted less price to make custom made boards and systems than what nvidia offered, and I expect their relationship contract is a long term one.
I guess in a few years or so, when apple contract expires, they will check with nvidia the price again.
This is a similar reason why the consoles are running AMD. AMD outbid nvidia pretty aggressively, offering a much lower price point for custom made processors (and the fact that in 2009 they stopped making any X86 equivalent chipsets and dropped the license, so they couldn't make a cheaper partnership than AMD's whole solution).
It makes more sense for apple to fully move to AMD for CPUs and GPUs, but most likely considering AMD's equivalent takes more power and apple/intel close relationship, that won't happen for a bit more at least.
Originally Posted by AlphaC
The 13" touchbar one could have packed a Ryzen mobile chip if it didn't have Thunderbolt but the use of Thunderbolt legitimizes the use of Intel CPU.
Intel made thunderbolt standard free, so an apple/amd and use of third party TB3 chip (since intel support it internally), is a possibility. Theoretically.