AMD Radeon Pro Duo Specs As We Know Them So Far
AMD has just unveiled their flagship Radeon Pro Duo graphics card, with an astonishing 16 TERAFLOPs of compute performance. Touted as “the world’s most powerful platform for virtual reality,” AMD claims its dual-Fiji monster is capable of both creating and consuming VR content.
The full Radeon Pro Duo specs are not revealed yet; but thanks to a close-up photo AMD revealed prior to its press event Monday, we get some hint about the power needs of the card. It seems like the Pro Duo features a single 120mm radiator and will require three 8-pin power plugs, compared to two 8-pin plugs that a standard Fury X requires to run.
The dual-Fiji card using three 8-pins implies that we are looking at 450W of power consumption, in addition to the PCIe slot’s dedicated 75W of power. But AMD officials have just confirmed that the Pro Duo actually has a TDP rating of just 350W with “the third power plug built for overhead for those who want to overclock.”
You might be wondering how could AMD pull this off when in fact a single R9 Fury X consumes 275 watts. Well, the answer might lie in the fact that this newest AMD card is actually more similar to a dual Fury Nano.
Though it features a full shader stack as a Fury X, Pro Duo uses the company’s PowerTune technology that allows it to dynamically adjust clocks for a given power and thermal envelope. That’s how the card consumes 350 watts, which is twice the 175 watts a Fury Nano eats.
Another thing we know is that, like the Fury X, the Radeon Pro Duo is also liquid-cooled. Looks like, despite the lawsuit by Asetek against Cooler Master, AMD would stick by its side as the liquid cooling vendor for their new card. We hope AMD won’t run into the same legal issues this time as it did with the Fury X.
Other rumored Radeon Pro Duo specs include 4GB of HBM memory and 4,096 stream processors in each package, for a total of 8GB of HBM RAM and 8,192 stream processors.
With its LiquidVR™ SDK on board, AMD states that this “incredibly powerful hardware” is aimed at most all aspects of VR content creation: from entertainment to education, journalism, medicine and cinema. AMD Radeon Pro is anticipated to be at $1,500 US, with launch date planned sometime between April and May.