Graphic cards feature future proof monitor support

8th November 2016
Lanna Cooper

AMD has announced the availability of the Radeon Pro WX Series of graphics cards, the workstation graphics solutions are designed to meet the evolving needs of creative professionals. They are designed around a number of transformational inflection points that are dramatically changing the way content is created. This includes:

The rise of real time game engines in professional settings, the emergence of virtual reality, the popularity of new low-overhead APIs and the rise of open-source tools and applications.

The Radeon Pro WX Series professional graphics cards harness acclaimed Polaris architecture-based GPUs featuring 4th gen GCN (Graphics Core Next) technology and engineered on the 14nm FinFET process. The cards have future-proofmonitor support, able to run a 5K HDR display via DisplayPort 1.4, include state-of-the-art multimedia IP with support for HEVC encoding and decoding and TrueAudio Next for VR, and boast cool and quiet operation with an emphasis on energy efficiency. The Radeon Pro WX cards are designed and built by AMD with a consistent bill of materials and quality components. As a testament to AMD’s commitment to high quality products, each retail Radeon Pro WX graphics card comes with 24/7, VIP customer support, a three year limited warranty and now features a free optional seven year extended limited warranty upon product and customer registration.

“Radeon Pro represents a powerful shift towards a holistic approach to design and content creation, giving our customers full creative autonomy, the opportunity to realise gains across the entire ecosystem, and the ability to create free of constraint from proprietary tools,” said Ogi Brkic, General Manager, professional graphics, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “Our line of professional workstation graphics hardware, the Radeon Pro WX Series, is designed to empower the next-generation of exceptional content, intersecting new industry inflection points and enabling creators of all kinds to deliver the art of the impossible.”

Radeon Pro WX 4100 graphics card
Available 10th November at $399 MSRP, the Radeon Pro WX 4100 graphics cards delivers the exceptional performance CAD professionals are looking for in a sleek and quiet small form factor. The Radeon Pro WX 4100 graphics card is the first low-profile workstation graphics card to break the 2 TFLOPS single precision compute performance barrier, over 2.4X the performance of competing cards in its class while consuming nearly identical amounts of power. With 4GB of GDDR5 memory and 16 compute units (1024 stream processors), users can drive four 4K monitors or a single 5K monitor at 60Hz, a feature which competing low-profile CAD focused cards in its class can’t touch.

Radeon Pro WX 5100 graphics card
Available 18th November at $499 MSRP, the Radeon Pro WX 5100 graphics card is the fastest workstation card in its class, delivering up to a groundbreaking 3.9 TFLOPS of single precision compute performance while using just 75 watts of power. As game engines have become more commonplace in today’s immersive computing era, integrating themselves alongside traditional design applications and proprietary renderers, professionals are demanding more powerful solutions. The Radeon Pro WX 5100 graphics card delivers the necessary performance in spades, with 8GB of GDDR5 memory and 28 compute units (1792 stream processors) for 41% faster performance in Siemens PLM Software NX than competing cards in its class, and exceptional high-fidelity, high-resolution real-time visualisation for key industries such as automotive and architecture.

Radeon Pro WX 7100 graphics card
Available 10th November at $799 MSRP, the Radeon Pro WX 7100 graphics card delivers 5.7 TFLOPS of single precision floating point performance in a single slot, and is designed to meet the needs of professional VR content creators. Equipped with 8GB GDDR5 memory and 36 compute units (2304 Stream Processors) the Radeon Pro WX 7100 is a powerful graphics solution for high-quality visualisation workloads, boasting up to 45% more performance than competing cards in its class in Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS 2015. As VR usage continues to grow in design, manufacturing, media and entertainment workflows, the Radeon Pro WX 7100 delivers the performance needed to drive user experiences to new levels of immersion.

Radeon Pro software enterprise driver and open source software support
To ensure the best possible experience with the Radeon Pro WX Series graphics cards, AMD recently introduced Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Drivers, specifically designed to combine the power of AMD’s next gen graphics with the highly tailored needs of professional enterprise users. Building on AMD’s rapid iteration in the software space since last year’s release of Radeon Software Crimson Edition for consumer products, professional users will benefit from stability, performance and enhanced productivity features. Radeon Pro Software Enterprise drivers deliver predictable software release dates, with updates issued on the fourth Thursday of each calendar quarter, and feature prioritised support with AMD working with customers, ISVs, and OEMs to provide top-of-the-queue engineering work. The drivers are certified in numerous workstation applications covering the leading professional use cases.

AMD is also committed to furthering open source software for professional content creators. Following news that later this year AMD plans to open source its powerful physically-based rendering engine, Radeon ProRender, the company recently announced that a future release of Maxon’s Cinema 4D application for 3D modeling, animation and rendering will support Radeon ProRender. Radeon ProRender plugins are available today for many popular 3D content creation applications, including Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya, and as beta plugins for Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks and Rhino. Radeon ProRender works across Windows, macOS and Linux, and supports AMD GPUs, CPUs and APUs as well as those of other vendors.

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