AMD Announces Radeon Pro Duo Professional GPU
Though most eyes are probably still on AMD’s recently released Radeon 500 series, the company is also set to launch a special GPU aimed at professionals, the Radeon Pro Duo. The “Pro” in the name refers to its target audience, while the “Duo” reveals the new graphics card’s big strength: it’s two GPUs in one and therefore offers almost unprecedented performance for users. The Pro Duo will be available late May and will cost a whopping $1000, which is well out of line for Radeon’s other products but competitive compared to other professional GPUs such as the Nvidia Quadro.
The Radeon Pro Duo is, just like the rest of its family, based on AMD’s 14nm Polaris 10 architecture; the twin GPUs it is made up of are part of the Pro WX series and as such are at the cutting edge of the company’s ability. The combined computing power in the Radeon Pro Duo amounts to 11.45 teraflops, with a total of 32GB of GDDR5 RAM. The power draw of the Pro Duo is 250W, putting it well on the high end of the market.
AMD boasts that the Radeon Pro Duo can handle running four 4K monitors simultaneously at 60Hz, making it the perfect GPU for graphical professionals, video- and game makers, as well as anyone else that needs some serious graphical power when doing their job. It should be noted, however, that anyone using a 8K screen, not that there are many of those around yet, will only be able to have one running at a time.
Though it’s hardly likely to be AMD’s top seller, the Radeon Pro Duo is a powerful solution for anyone that needs high-end graphical performance without needing to take out a bank loan to get it; the Quadro will definitely be getting a run for its money.
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