AMD launches extremely fast Radeon Pro Duo dual-GPU graphics card

Written by RedShark News Staff

AMDThe new Radeon Pro Duo: You want triangles? How about 11.455488 billion of them a second?

Billed as the world’s first dual-GPU graphics card designed for professionals, the Polaris-architecture-based Radeon Pro Duo claims performance up to double that of competing cards.

Built on the capabilities of the Radeon Pro WX 7100, it certainly has a high-speed heritage, and the 32GB of ultra-fast GDDR5 memory it features is designed to enable it to handle larger data sets.

Operating at a max power of 250W, the Radeon Pro Duo harnesses a total of 72 compute units (4608 stream processors) for a combined performance of up to 11.45 TFLOPS of single-precision compute performance on one board, and twice the geometry throughput of the Radeon Pro WX 7100. If you want to know the details, that means delivering 11.455488 billion triangles per second compared to the ‘mere’ 5.727744 billion triangles per second of the Pro WX 7100

All that translates in practical terms as being able to drive up to four 4K monitors at 60Hz, drive the latest 8K single monitor display at 30Hz using a single cable, or drive an 8K display at 60Hz using a dual cable rig up.

Availability is end of May and price is an expected $999

Hopefully, we’ll have more details on this soon. For now, though, the press release is over the page as usual (apologies if the formatting is a bit skewed, it came in as a PDF).

The New Radeon Pro Duo Delivers Professional-Grade Performance & Flexibility for Today’s Most Complex Multi-Tasking Workflows
— With up to 2 times faster performance vs. the closest competing professional graphics card1 on select professional applications, users can truly divide and conquer —
NAB SHOW 2017, LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Apr. 24, 2017 — Today AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announced the world’s first dual-GPU graphics card designed for professionals: the Polaris-architecture-based Radeon™ Pro Duo. Built on the capabilities of the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, the Radeon Pro Duo professional graphics card is designed to excel at media and entertainment, broadcast, and design and manufacturing workflows, delivering outstanding performance and superior flexibility that today’s creative professionals demand.
The Radeon Pro Duo is equipped with 32GB of ultra-fast GDDR5 memory to handle larger data sets, more intricate 3D models, higher resolution videos, and complex assemblies with ease. Operating at a max power of 250W, the Radeon Pro Duo harnesses a total of 72 compute units (4608 stream processors) for a combined performance of up to 11.45 TFLOPS of single-precision compute performance on one board, and twice the geometry throughput of the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100.2 The Radeon Pro Duo enables professionals to work up to four 4K monitors at 60Hz, drive the latest 8K single monitor display at 30Hz using a single cable, or drive an 8K display at 60Hz using a dual cable solution.
“Today’s professional workflows continue to increase in complexity, often demanding that creators switch between a wide variety of applications to progress their work, pausing efforts in one application while computing resources are focused on another. We designed the Radeon Pro Duo to eliminate those constraints, empowering professionals to multi-task without compromise, dedicating GPU resources where and how they need them. It’s a continuation of our promise for Radeon Pro: to provide greater choice in how professionals practice their craft,
enabling superior multi-tasking, accelerated applications, and powerful solutions for advanced workloads like VR,” said Ogi Brkic, general manager, professional graphics, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD.
Divide
The Radeon Pro Duo’s distinct dual-GPU design gives professionals the flexibility to divide and conquer their workloads, enabling smooth multi-tasking between applications by committing GPU resources to each. Professionals can maintain their creative momentum and get more done faster, allowing for a greater number of design iterations in the same time.
“I was very impressed with the power of the Radeon Pro Duo, particularly in Nuke. The flexibility of being able to divide GPUs between tasks is phenomenal and represents the ultimate in multitasking: compositing a complex shot while jumping into a 3D application to create assets, exporting back to Nuke to keep compositing then switching to Photoshop or Mari and paint a projection, to load it back into Nuke and continue. The Radeon Pro Duo handles the general and varied tasks without missing a beat with excellent 3D performance. For the kind of projects I undertake as a generalist, the Radeon Pro Duo is a no-brainer. It does it all,” said Kynan Stephenson, freelance artist.
Accelerate
The Radeon Pro Duo dramatically increases performance in today’s most popular professional applications through support of multiple GPUs or plug-ins, speeding through tasks. On select professional applications, the Radeon Pro Duo delivers up to 2 times faster performance compared with the Radeon Pro WX 71003 and up to 2 times faster performance than the closest competing professional graphics card.1
Create
The Radeon Pro Duo’s potent combination of performance and dual-GPU flexibility makes it the ideal solution for today’s advanced workloads, including professional VR content creation. VR represents a significant inflection point for the media and entertainment industry and is becoming more commonplace in today’s studios. Radeon Pro Duo professional graphics card leverages the power of two GPUs to render out separate images for each eye, increasing VR performance over single GPU solutions by up to 50% in the SteamVR test.4 AMD’s LiquidVR™ technologies are also supported by the industry’s leading real-time engines, including Unity and
Unreal, to help ensure smooth, comfortable, and responsive VR experiences on Radeon Pro Duo.
“In developing 4K 360 VR content, the biggest hurdle is the tech, because as an artist, I just want to create and not worry about limitations of the hardware. Faced with raw, un-optimized content, VR creators need a lot more horsepower than VR consumers. With the new Radeon Pro Duo, I have performance in spades. I immediately saw a speed difference of up to 2X, allowing me to push the boundaries of my projects without having to compromise on creativity or productivity,” said Jonathan Winbush, Founder & Creative Director, Winbush.tv.
The Radeon™ Pro Duo is designed to meet the stringent requirements of workstation form factors, comes with 24/7 support5, and is bolstered by professional-grade software certified across leading applications for media, entertainment, CAD and engineering. Radeon™ Pro Software offers users unprecedented driver stability, quality and reliability, with quarterly updates for features, performance and stability.
The Radeon Pro Duo’s planned availability is the end of May at an expected SEP of US$999.
Radeon Pro at NAB 2017
Along with the launch of the Radeon Pro Duo at NAB 2017, AMD is showing off a wide range of innovations for media and entertainment professionals:
• Professional color correction using BlackMagic Resolve powered by the new Radeon Pro Duo
• Incredible real-time 360 video stitching and real-time VR preview using Radeon™ Loom and the HTC Vive, and powered by the new Radeon Pro Duo
• Accelerated rendering performance in Blender using Radeon ProRender and “Out of Core” technology to access system memory for increased frame buffer capacity powered by the Radeon Pro Duo
• VR content creation using Radeon Pro Duo
• Real-time rendering at 4K resolution in Radeon ProRender powered by AMD's next-generation Radeon™ Pro SSG
• 8K video post-processing in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 enabled by AMD's next-generation Radeon™ Pro SSG

• Stunning VR experiences from Rewind and The Foundry's Nuke running on Radeon™ Pro WX 7100

Demonstrations are available at the AMD booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Lower Hall, #SL7620, and in the Studio Xperience booth, also in the South Lower Hall, #SL2424.
Supporting Resources
• Read about Radeon Pro graphics cards
• See more details about the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver
• Learn more about Radeon ProRender
• Learn more about GPUOpen
• Become a fan of AMD on Facebook
• Follow AMD on Twitter @AMD
• Follow Radeon™ Pro on Twitter

About AMD
For more than 45 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses, and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work, and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.
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AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.
1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of March 25th, 2017 on a test system comprising of dual Intel Xeon E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00 GHz, 32GB DDR4 RAM, Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo(Polaris)/Nvidia Titan X, AMD graphics driver 17.10, Nvidia graphics driver 378.92 and Samsung 850 PRO 512G SSD. Benchmark Application: Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017. Nvidia Titan X 37 effects render time: 19 minutes 08 seconds. Radeon™ Pro Duo (Polaris) 37 effects render time: 8 minutes 46 seconds. Performance Differential: 1148/526 = ~2.18 times faster performance on Radeon™ Pro Duo (Polaris). PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Results are estimates only. RPW-111
Benchmark Application: Blender 2.78c. Nvidia Titan X (Pascal) Koro scene render time: 5 minutes 56 seconds. Radeon™ Pro Duo (Polaris) Koro scene render time: 3 minutes and 8 seconds. Performance Differential: (356-188)/188 = ~89.36% faster performance on Radeon™ Pro Duo (Polaris). PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Results are estimates only. RPW-101
2. The Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 delivers 5.727744 billion triangles per second while the Radeon Pro Duo delivers 11.455488 billion triangles per second.
3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of March 25th, 2017 on a test system comprising of dual Intel Xeon E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00 GHz, 32GB DDR4 RAM, Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX7100/AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo(Polaris), graphics driver 17.10 and Samsung 850 PRO 512G SSD.
Benchmark Application: Autodesk Maya - Radeon ProRender plugin. Radeon™ Pro WX7100 Dragon scene 8xAA render time: 275 seconds. Radeon™ Pro Duo (Polaris) Dragon scene 8xAA render time: 129 seconds. Performance Differential: 275/129 = ~2.13 times faster performance on Radeon™ Pro Duo (Polaris). PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW-106
Benchmark Application: Blender 2.78c. Radeon™ Pro WX7100 Koro scene render time: 6 minutes 17 seconds. Radeon™ Pro Duo (Polaris) Koro scene render time: 3 minutes and 8 seconds. Performance Differential: 377/188 = ~2 times faster performance on Radeon™ Pro Duo (Polaris). PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW- 107
Benchmark Application: LuxMark v3.1 - Hotel Lobby Scene. Radeon™ Pro WX7100 score: 2676. Radeon™ Pro Duo (Polaris) score: 6086. Performance Differential: 6086/2676 = ~2.27 times faster performance on Radeon™ Pro Duo (Polaris). PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW-105
Benchmark Application: V-Ray standalone denoising tool using all system OpenCL devices, including CPUs and GPUs, with strong mode for 4K animation frames. System with Radeon™ Pro WX7100 denoising time per frame: 11.01 seconds. System with Radeon™ Pro Duo (Polaris) denoising time per frame: 5.89 seconds. Performance Differential: 11.01/5.89 = ~86.93 % faster performance on Radeon™ Pro Duo (Polaris). PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW- 112
4. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of March 25th, 2017 on a test system comprising of dual Intel Xeon E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00 GHz, 32GB DDR4 RAM, Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX7100/AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo(Polaris), graphics driver 17.10 and Samsung 850 PRO 512G SSD. Benchmark Application: SteamVR performance test. Radeon™ Pro WX7100 score: 6.1. Radeon™ Pro Duo (Polaris) score: 9.1. Performance Differential: (9.1-6.1)/6.1 = ~50% faster performance on Radeon™ Pro Duo (Polaris). PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW-94
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