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Dual-GPU Radeon Pro Duo for pros


AMD announced the first ever dual-GPU graphics card, the Radeon Pro Duo. Based on the Polaris architecture and the Radeon Pro WX 7100, the card is designed to excel at media and entertainment, broadcast, and design and manufacturing workflows.

The new card is equipped with 32GB GDDR5 memory to handle larger data sets, more intricate 3D models, higher resolution videos, and complex assemblies. Operating at a max power of 250W, the Radeon Pro Duo can harness a total of 72 compute units (4608 stream processors) for a combined performance of up to 11.45 TFLOPS and twice the geometry throughput of the Radeon Pro WX 7100.

Users can 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).

“Today’s professional workflows continue to increase in complexity, often demanding creators to switch between a variety of applications in their work, pausing efforts in one application while computing resources are focused on another,” said Ogi Brkic, general manager, professional graphics, Radeon technologies group, AMD. “We designed the Radeon Pro Duo to eliminate those constraints. Professionals can multi-task and dedicate GPU resources where and how they need them.”

The Radeon Pro Duo’s dual-GPU design enables 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, said AMD.

Through its support of multiple GPUs or plug-ins, most professional applications run faster. AMD said on select professional applications, the Radeon Pro Duo perform up to two times faster than the Radeon Pro WX 7100 and the closest competing professional graphics card.

The card is also ideal for professional virtual reality (VR) content creation, AMD said. VR represents a significant inflection point for the media and entertainment industry and is increasingly more commonplace in today’s studios. The 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. AMD’s LiquidVR technologies are supported by the industry’s leading real-time engines, including Unity and Unreal.

The Radeon Pro Duo is expected to be available end-May.

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