AMD’s latest generation graphics cards have been making waves in the gaming market – they are cheaper than the competition, and perform equally well or in some cases better than the competition. It is time for the heavy-duty workstations to get an upgrade.
AMD has announced the availability of their brand-new Radeon Pro WX Series graphics cards for workstations. The latest series is built upon AMD’s latest-and-greatest Polaris architecture and features the 4th generation GCN technology.
The chips themselves are manufactured at 14nm with FinFET, and support native HEVC encoding/decoding with TrueAudio Next for VR – though that’s probably not necessary for workstations.
Radeon Pro WX 4100
The first of the three cards announced; AMD claims the WX 4100 is world’s fastest low-profile workstation graphics card.
The GPU can output 2 teraflops of processing power at anything you throw at it – that’s not much, but for the price of $399, it sounds reasonable. The card also comes with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory and 16 compute units – that’s 1024 stream processors – and can power four 4K monitors or a single 5K monitor at 60 Hz.
Radeon Pro WX 5100
The WX 5100 has a TDP of 75W – AMD claims it is the fastest 75W workstation graphics card ever built – and can output 3.9 teraflops of processing power.
The card comes with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory and 28 compute units – 1792 stream processors. AMD says this card is primarily designed for those who work with game engine development.
Radeon Pro WX 7100
The most powerful of the offerings, the WX 7100 – per AMD – is world’s fastest single-slot workstation graphics card.
The card can deliver up to 5.7 teraflops of horsepower, and comes with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory to go with it. The compute units stand at 36 – that’s 2304 stream processors.
AMD says they designed these cards for VR, and high-quality virtualization workloads. The price reflects that too, more about that below.
Availability & Pricing
Since these cards are for workstations – therefore, enterprise – they come with 24/7 VIP customer support and a three-year limited warranty, with an optional extended seven-year limited warranty.
The WX 4100 will be available starting November 10th for US$ 399.
The WX 5100 will be available starting November 18th for US$ 499.
The WX 7100 will be available starting November 10th for US$ 799.
Regional pricing will of course be different, and include regional taxes that might increase these prices.