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AMD launches Polaris powered Radeon Pro Duo

by Mark Tyson on 25 April 2017, 09:30

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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AMD has announced a professional graphics card based upon a dual-Polaris architecture. The new Radeon Pro Duo is claimed to be "the world’s first dual-GPU professional graphics solution," and is based upon a design which appears to leverage two Polaris 10 GPUs (as used singly on the Radeon RX 480 graphics cards). Interestingly, AMD says that if your pro application doesn't support Multi-GPU you can split the GPU utilisation between two graphics packages, for example.

Before further talk about AMD's hopes and aspirations for the Polaris-based Radeon Pro Duo, let's tabulate the key specifications:

 

​Radeon Pro Duo

​GPU architecture

​GCN 4th Generation

​Stream processors

​2304 x2

​Peak performance

​11.45 TFLOPS

​Peak triangles

​9.94BT/s

​Peak engine clock

​1243MHz

​Memory type

​32GB GDDR5 (16GB per GPU)

​Memory interface

​256-bit x2

​Memory data rate/ bandwidth

​7Gbps / 448GB/s

​Typical board power

​​<250 W

​AMD FreeSync technology

​Yes

​AMD Crossfire pro technology

​Yes

​Display output connectors

​3x DP, 1x HDMI

​DisplayPort version

​1.4 – HBR3/HDR Ready

​5K support @ 60Hz

​1x single-cable 5K monitor, or 2x dual-cable 5K monitors

​8K support @ 30Hz

​1x single-cable 8K monitor

​8K support @ 60Hz

​1x dual-cable 8K monitor

​Display colour depth

​10-bit Support

​Stereo 3D output (3-pin din)

​No

​Framelock/genlock support

​No

​API support

​DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
OpenCL 2.0
Vulkan 1.0

​Operating system support

​Windows 7 64-bit
Windows 10 64-bit
Linux 64-bit

​Form factor

​Full-Height Single Slot
12-inch Length

 

You can see above that the new Radeon Pro Duo is equipped with a hefty 32GB of GDDR5 memory. AMD says that thanks to this capacity it can "handle larger data sets, more intricate 3D models, higher resolution videos, and complex assemblies with ease".

In terms of GPU performance the 72 compute units (4608 stream processors) can provide up to 11.45 TFLOPS of single-precision compute performance on one board, "and twice the geometry throughput of the Radeon Pro WX 7100". There are also cases where the Radeon Pro Duo proved to be twice as fast as an Nvidia Titan X (in both Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 and Blender 2.78c render times, see footnotes on this page).

Divide and conquer

The Radeon Duo Pro packs a hefty punch in modern apps that can use its multi-GPU resources to the full. However, some apps can't use Multi-GPU so AMD has enabled a GPU multi-tasking option to commit distinct GPU hardware to separate tasks. Kynan Stephenson, a freelance artist, was quoted by AMD, "The flexibility of being able to divide GPUs between tasks is phenomenal and represents the ultimate in multitasking: compositing a complex shot while jumping into a 3D application to create assets, exporting back to Nuke to keep compositing then switching to Photoshop or Mari and paint a projection, to load it back into Nuke and continue."

Other testimonials came from the VR industry where creators need a lot more horsepower than consumers as they need to handle large amounts of "raw, un-optimized content".

AMD plans to make the new Radeon Pro Duo available by the end of May, priced at $999. Buyers get a 2-year warranty and 24/7 tech support.



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TWICE as fast? wow. Also reasonable price for dual GPU professional @ $999.

Nice job AMD.
Really wish the power connectors were on the back of cards again much like this one :)
which titan x….
Is it 2x16 or 1x32 for the 32GB of memory
Price is still pretty good though but I'd really like to see some proper benchmarks on this in the likes of vray-rt but just finding a opencl versus cuda benchmark is hard enough as it is.

Unless things have changed recently you'll only see ‘the same performance’ as a titan x in viewports (at least in the software I use) because very few if any have crossfire/sli support so the only time the performance will really be seen is with gpu rendering etc where cuda has far better support from software such as vray-rt (cuda performs better than opencl) and in a lot of cases opencl isn't even supported.

I will say that this just shows that the radeon pro is just a normal radeon with some certified drivers (which to be fair is normal) and no massive price inflation…. which ultimately shows just how much price gouging is going on by nvidia for their quadro range.
It doesn't matter if its 2x16 or 1x32… its for professional use, not crossfire, you can use both gpus independantly for 99.999999% of professional use, so they dont need to share ram anyway, so you effectively have a full 32GB.

It's 2x16 though.
tantaku
so you effectively have a full 32GB.
No, you have 2x16GB….

And for professional use it can make a difference, at least in my work scenarios, more memory means more data can be stored in the gpu memory rather than needing to call from ram/scratch and in some cases it actually limits what you can do, 3d rendering is a perfect example of this. Due to the current constraints with most software/hardware when using multiple GPU's it currently works to the smallest memory available (so in this case 16GB) and then in essence ‘mirrors’ the data on each gpu.

Nvidia does have unified memory options in the cuda code but it's not being used by a lot of the software I use and have seen but to be honest it's more about combining motherboard and gpu ram, although the new quadro gp100 does seem to be heading in the direction of merging gpu memory into one pool but thats considerably more expensive.