AMD Looks to Compete with Nvidia in the Workstation GPU Market


Aug. 21 2018, Updated 12:35 p.m. ET

AMD unveils new workstation GPU

The workstation market is growing as the role of graphics grows beyond gaming and into designing, architecture, and film production. At SIGGRAPH 2018, both Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Nvidia (NVDA) unveiled their workstation GPUs (graphics processing units) that focus on accelerated rendering.


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Features of Radeon Pro WX8200 GPU

AMD has announced its 14 nm (nanometer) Radeon Pro WX8200 GPU for professional content creators. The GPU is based on AMD’s Vega 10 architecture and enables developers and creators to work on much larger and detailed models in real time by eliminating memory capacity limitations through a high bandwidth cache controller. Developers and creators can build more complex models with the help of the Enhanced Pixel Engine.

The new GPU also features secure processors that enable a developer to run intellectual property-sensitive tasks with trusted applications, thereby protecting their workloads that have sensitive data.

Target audience

Radeon Pro WX8200 accelerates design and rendering tasks through real-time visualization, VR (virtual reality), and photorealistic rendering. AMD is targeting this GPU at developers and creators in the fields of design and manufacturing, media and entertainment, and AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction).

Developers can visualize their designs and collaborate with their remote teams in real time with VR and create new cinematic experiences throughout the product development process. AMD’s Radeon Pro WX8200 GPU supports popular design applications such as Adobe (ADBE) CC, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks, Autodesk (ADSK) 3ds Max, and Revit.

Pricing and availability

AMD maintains its strategy of delivering a better price-to-performance ratio by pricing the Radeon Pro WX 8200 at $999 compared to Nvidia’s next-generation Quadro GPUs priced between $2,300 and $10,000. The Radeon Pro WX 8200 is expected to hit the markets in September.

With this new product, AMD looks to compete with Nvidia’s Pascal-based Quadro workstation GPUs. However, Nvidia is going a step ahead with its next-generation Turing-based Quadro GPUs scheduled to launch in Q4 2018. We’ll look at that next.


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