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Refurb prices start at $2,679 for a 2.6-gigahertz Core i7 laptop with 16 gigabytes of RAM, a 512-gigabyte SSD, and a Vega 20. That’s $470 below what Apple charges for new hardware. Each refurb unit comes with a one-year warranty and a 14-day return policy, with optional AppleCare.

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Exact discounts vary based on the configuration, but can potentially be significant, for instance pushing a top-end system down $1,060 to $5,989. That includes a six-core, 2.9-gigahertz Core i9 processor, 32 gigabytes of RAM, a 4-terabyte SSD, and a Vega 20.

Vega 16 and 20 GPUs first appeared in 15-inch Pros in November last year. Each is equipped with 4 gigabytes of HBM2 memory, and substantially more powerful than the other AMD chips Apple uses — as much as 60 percent faster than the Radeon Pro 560X, for example.

That makes them preferable for people engaged in graphics-intensive tasks, such as gaming, video editing, or CAD/3D rendering. The only step up is attaching an external GPU, which of course limits portability.

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