AMD supports 5K video with new Radeon WX GPUs

AMD's new Radeon Pro WX GPUs are based on the Polaris architecture and priced between $399 and $799

AMD is excited about its Polaris GPUs and upcoming Zen-based PC and server chips, which the company hopes will end years of struggles.

A step forward for AMD is the release soon of its Radeon Pro WX graphics cards, targeted at content creation for 4K games or virtual reality. These GPUs, based on the Polaris architecture, can also be used to create special effects for Hollywood movies.

The GPUs also support 5K video. The conversation today is about 4K, but AMD has decided to add support for the next-generation video resolution.

And if you desire, the GPUs can be used for gaming, but you may need to buy a high-powered workstation like HP's Z or Apple's Mac Pro. These systems are expensive, are more powerful than desktops, and in most cases, have server CPUs and larger memory capacity.

AMD has been aggressive in the VR market with its Polaris GPUs. VR content creation can be tricky, but game programmers are starting to create content that isn't jarring or nauseating. VR content creation also involves tracking eye and head movements.

The WX GPUs are relatively inexpensive compared to competitive products like Nvidia's Quadro, which start at more than US$500.

The WX lineup includes the US$399 Radeon Pro WX 4100, which has 4GB of GDDR5 memory. It delivers roughly 2 teraflops of single-precision computing performance and can support a single 5K monitor at 60Hz and four 4K monitors. AMD is targeting this GPU at engineers writing CAD/CAM applications

At roughly 3.9 teraflops of single-precision calculations, the $499 Radeon Pro WX 5100 offers almost the double the performance of the WX 4100. It has 8GB of GDDR5 memory and draws 75 watts of power. This GPU can handle VR content creation, AMD said.

The fastest GPU is the $799 Radeon Pro WX 7100, which delivers 5.7 teraflops of single-precision performance. It has 8GB GDDR5 memory and 36 compute units, which is eight more than the WX 5100.

The GPUs will be available this month. AMD already offers the Radeon Pro WX 9100 at the top of the lineup and the WX 2100 at the low-end.

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