AMD's strongest GPU but is made for making VR
AMD has simply launched the liquid-cooled Radeon Professional Duo, a graphics card that boasts a variety of superlatives. With sixteen teraflops of computing energy, it is the quickest single-slot graphics graphics card out there, in line with the corporate. At $1,500, it is also the corporate’s costliest Radeon card ever and consumes 350 watts (by way of three eight-pin energy connectors), which means it might add $10 a month to your electrical invoice in the event you recreation day by day. Regardless of the excessive-finish specs, nevertheless, AMD isn’t going after players, however VR content material creators.
“With its LiquidVR SDK … [the] platform is aimed toward most all elements of VR content material creation: from leisure to schooling, journalism, drugs and cinema,” based on the corporate. On the similar time, it says that the board’s energy and DirectX 12 help will allow you to recreation “at most constancy whereas off work.” The cardboard can be notably properly suited to stereoscopic VR, because the two GPUs (every with 4GB of VRAM for 8GB complete) could be effectively mapped to every eye with LiquidVR and different tech.
However, that makes the cardboard an odd duck, since AMD says its FireGL playing cards — which may run as much as $four,000 — are the selection for skilled use. Just like the FireGL, the Professional Duo’s drivers will probably be validated for content material creation purposes like Adobe’s After Results and Premiere Professional CC (assuming you are okay with OpenCL fairly than NVIDIA’s Cuda). On the similar time, a single GPU card like AMD’s $650 R9 Fury X — which has eight teraflops of energy — could be a more sensible choice for gaming. That is as a result of twin GPU and SLI playing cards have carried out worse than anticipated in current AAA titles.
AMD additionally introduced its “Radeon VR Prepared” GPU certification program, aimed toward serving to shoppers choose graphics playing cards for digital actuality PCs. This system, which HP has already pledged to help, will permit PC producers to ensure techniques for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets. The Radeon Professional Duo is AMD’s first graphics card licensed for this system.
The product is competing towards not solely excessive-finish gaming GPUs, but in addition workstation-class playing cards just like the NVIDIA Quadro M6000 or AMD’s personal FirePro W9100. As such, it might be best machine for constructing after which testing VR titles. At $1,500 it is a robust promote for players towards some formidable single-GPU gaming playing cards like NVIDIA’s Titan X or (two) R9 Fury X playing cards, although. We should always see the way it stacks up in the actual world quickly, because the Radeon Professional Duo will arrive early subsequent quarter.