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AMD announces availability of Radeon Pro WX series graphics cards

AMD's Radeon Pro WX series will be available for purchase November 10th and 18th. (Source: AMD)
AMD's Radeon Pro WX series will be available for purchase November 10th and 18th. (Source: AMD)
Announced in July, AMD's Radeon Pro WX graphics cards have finally started shipping to retailers. Are the workstation-grade cards an improvement on the previous FirePro line?

This morning, AMD announced the availability of their new Radeon Pro WX graphics cards. Revealed this past July, the new line of workstation-grade graphics cards will replace AMD’s FirePro line. Built on the Polaris architecture and engineered on a 14 nanometer FinFET process, the Radeon Pro WX series boasts some major improvements in both graphical processing and power consumption.

With this announcement, the finalized specifications have been determined.

SpecificationWX 7100WX 5100WX 4100
Stream Processors230417921024
ROPs323216
Texture Units12811264
Memory8 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR5
Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bit128-bit
Peak Performance (in TFLOPS)5.73.92.4
Power Draw130 W75 W50 W
Display OutputsFour DisplayPort 1.4Four DisplayPort 1.4Four mini DisplayPort 1.4

It should be noted that each card is fairly thin, occupying the width of only one PCIe slot. The cards also consume low amounts of power. The WX 5100 and WX 4100 listed above only consume 75 and 50 watts respectively; as such, they shouldn’t require any power other than what’s provided by the PCIe slot.

All three cards will feature support for 10-bit color depth, AMD CrossFire Pro, AMD FreeSync, and will be compatible with 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows 10, and Linux. The cards will also support several graphics APIs, including DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 2.0, and Vulkan 1.0.

The WX 7100 and WX 5100 can each drive 2 dual-cable 5K displays at 60 HZ, while the WX 4100 supports only one single- or dual-cable 5K display at 60 Hz. The cards also support TrueAudio Next, a GPU-accelerated audio process developed specifically for VR experiences. Each card comes with a 3-year warranty that buyers can extend to 7 years for free through product registration.

To go along with the release of the cards, AMD also introduced Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Drivers, which are tuned to provide the best support for the Radeon Pro WX series. AMD has designed these drivers to provide “rock-solid stability, exceptional performance and enhanced productivity features,” according to the press release. The drivers will follow a predictable release schedule, as new updates will be released on the fourth Thursday of each quarter.

AMD also released its Radeon ProRender rendering engine. The engine is now available as an open source plugin for several 3D programs, including Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya. AMD hopes to continue developing the plugin and releasing full versions for many other applications in the future.

AMD is also gearing up to launch their new Zen line of CPUs early next year. Coupled with the launch of these new graphics cards, AMD will be competing on two fronts. Currently, Intel holds the majority share of the CPU market, while Nvidia has enjoyed dominance in the GPU market for some time. We will see if AMD is able to topple either juggernaut.

The Radeon Pro WX 7100 and 4100 will be available for purchase from retailers on November 10th, while the WX 5100 will be available on November 18th. The WX 7100, WX 5100, and WX 4100 have an MSRP of US$799, US$499, and US$399, respectively.

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AMD's Radeon Pro WX series offers high performance with lower power consumption. (Source: AMD)
AMD's Radeon Pro WX series offers high performance with lower power consumption. (Source: AMD)
 

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Sam Medley, 2016-11- 7 (Update: 2016-11- 7)
Sam Medley
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