Menu
AMD's Radeon Pro Duo is a monster graphics card

AMD's Radeon Pro Duo is a monster graphics card

The Radeon Pro Duo delivers 16 teraflops of peak performance for $1,499

AMD has just taken the wraps off of what could be the world's highest performing graphics card, the Radeon Pro Duo.

The monster card has two GPUs based on AMD's Fiji architecture. It delivers 16 teraflops of single-precision performance, which AMD claims is the highest performance offered by a single graphics card.

Announced at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the Radeon Pro Duo will go on sale in the next few months priced at $1,499.

The card follows Nvidia's Titan X, whose single GPU delivers peak performance of 7 teraflops. That performance can be greatly increased in SLI configurations, where two or three cards are added to one desktop.

AMD and Nvidia have been overtaking each other in GPUs for years. Real world performance depends partly on the application, but for a top-line product, the Radeon Pro Duo is certainly reasonably priced, said Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Mercury Research.

Nvidia still holds the greater market share, however, and has been pulling away. Last quarter, Nvidia had 74 percent of the standalone GPU market, up from 72 percent a year earlier, according to figures from Mercury. AMD had 26 percent, down from 28 percent the year before. So it will be hoping this latest product gives a kick to its sales.

The Pro Duo has 8192 processing units and draws up to 350 watts of power, AMD says. It has 8GB of HBM (high-bandwidth memory), which is faster than conventional GDDR5 and the upcoming GDDR5X. The card delivers 1 teraflop of double-precision performance, important for more complex calculations.

The Pro Duo is targeted especially at virtual reality content. High-end headsets like the Oculus Rift are tethered to desktops, whose powerful GPUs render the graphics.

Cards like the Pro Duo are needed to make VR images render quickly and look realistic.

VR is emerging as the next big thing in consumer tech, so it's a natural target for high-end GPUs after gaming, McCarron notes.

The Pro Duo can also help with creation of VR content, using AMD's LiquidVR SDK, which provides the rendering and programming tools.

At GDC, AMD also announced the VR First initiative with Crytek, to promote VR content development among developers and students. VR First includes equipping university computer labs with Pro Duo graphics cards. Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul has been equipped with the hardware already and others will follow.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments