AMSTERDAM — At IBC2017, AMD (www.amd.com) showed new Radeon Pro products, including the new Vega-based Radeon Pro WX 9100 and Radeon Pro SSG professional graphics cards, which were incorporated into leading workstations from key system partners.
AMD recently launched a dual GPU professional graphics card — the Radeon Pro Duo — as well as introduced the fast, entry-level workstation graphics cards, the Radeon Pro WX 2100 and Radeon Pro WX 31001. The Radeon Pro WX 9100 and Radeon Pro SSG professional graphics cards in OEM partner systems, including Dell’s next generation Precision 7920 tower, will ship through the company’s pro graphics distributor and systems partners starting at the end of this quarter.
The Radeon Pro Vega card will be available in Apple’s new iMac Pro later this year. The Radeon Pro Vega card is powered by AMD’s most advanced GPU, providing users with a high level of performance and power saving technologies.
Adding to the longstanding and ongoing work with Intel on external graphics solutions over Thunderbolt 3 with AMD XConnect technology. which enabled the first hot plug and play support for external graphics, AMD also introduced external GPU (eGPU) support for Radeon Pro WX Series graphics. Many creative professionals don’t want to be tied to their desktops or locked into proprietary tools, and with AMD’s open ecosystem of software and tools, the new eGPU solution frees people from these limitations.
Working together with Sonnet Technologies, users of compatible mobile workstation can now harness more graphics horsepower for workstation class applications and compute use cases, overcoming the limitations of many standard integrated GPU offerings. Now, the Radeon Pro WX 5100 and Radeon Pro WX 7100 cards are compatible with Sonnet's eGFX Breakaway Box. The WX 5100 and WX 7100 cards are available at a suggested price of $499 and $799.
In related news, the latest version of Maxon’s Cinema4D — Release 19 — offers native integration of Radeon ProRender, making it the first major application to integrate cross-platform GPU rendering based on OpenCL open standard. Also, Adobe has integrated the Cineware Live 3D pipeline, a key component of Cinema 4D, into After Effects, offering improved workflow and greater performance. With AE’s integration of C4D R19, users will be able to take advantage of the Radeon ProRender ray-traced GPU renderer. This will effectively allow AE users to be able to create and render accurate physically-based 3D models with C4D leveraging the compute power of the GPU from within their AE environment.