AMD is hosting their Capsaicin GDC 2016 livestream on March 2016 which will see a couple of announcements related to new 14nm products and software advances in the field of DirectX 12 and VR. AMD is also going to be launching a new flagship product which we have been hearing about for quite some time. The product is none other than the much awaited Radeon R9 Fury X2 but from the looks of it, the card was never meant to be Fury X2 but rather the AMD Radeon Pro Duo graphics card.
Twice The Power of Fiji With Radeon / FirePro Capabiltities - Get Ready For The AMD Radeon Pro Duo
You heard it right folks, the leak which sources back to none other than Videocardz (via HWBattle) states that the Radeon R9 Fury X2 was a name which the tech industry got in love with and has used it almost everywhere where the dual-Fiji board was showcased. But name changes are expected every now and then and it isn't that big of deal so today, we would like to tell you that the Radeon R9 Fury X2 is actually called the Radeon Pro Duo graphics card.
Now this card isn't a regular consumer focused product. The AMD Radeon Pro Duo is actually the first of its kind from AMD. The card is a hybrid graphics card and not hybrid in terms of cooling but hybrid in terms of capabilities. You might have noticed "Radeon" and "Pro" in the nomenclature of this product and might have wondered why such a combination of words for a consumer focused cards. Well this card is not only geared towards consumers but also at professionals. The Radeon and Pro Duo simply means that this card offers the gamers the best gaming performance, VR users the best VR performance and developers the best compute performance.
AMD's CEO, Lisa Su, holding the first prototype board of the Radeon Pro Duo back in 2015
Let's take a small recap into the specifications because we know we have been showing you these specification tables since last year when the card was showcased at AMD's E3 2015 event. Just a quick recap so that we get to talk about the actual details rather than talk about things we already know. The Radeon Pro Duo comes with two Fiji chips, each chip has 4096 stream processors and those two combine to give 8192 stream processors.
In memory specs, the card will feature 4 GB HBM per GPU so that makes up for 8 GB HBM on the entire board. It is clocked at 500 MHz effective clock speed so each GPU packs 512 GB/s bandwidth rounding it to 1 TB/s when the card is utilized to its full potential. Given that AMD's XDMA link offers better scaling than CrossFire, Radeon Pro Duo will feature decent performance to gamers and boost to VR users or developers.
AMD's Radeon Pro Duo Is A Professional Card Because It Packs 16 TFLOPs of Compute Performance
Now we know that AMD has a separate lineup called FirePro where they stack their compute oriented and professional graphics cards. This will usually be the best place to market a Fiji based graphics card aimed for compute users. But the Radeon Pro Duo is the best of both worlds hence the barriers between Firepro and Radeon slim down. AMD follows NVIDIA's approach with this where they have their Titan class graphics cards which are aimed at the same markets. The Titan class products from NVIDIA offer the same, beefy compute performance of Quadro variants but retain the gaming support.
Will this strategy work for AMD? Of course it will, NVIDIA has been offering Titan cards for years now and they sell great. Not only are they the best gaming cards but also the best compute oriented cards which make them a great option for game developers. Dev studios such as EPIC Games even have several Titan X powering their machines at their HQ. With Radeon Pro Duo, AMD will give the insane 16 TFLOPs of performance packed inside the two Fiji GPUs to developers to unravel new VR and gaming experiences.
First listing of the AMD Radeon Pro Duo Found by Videocardz!
AMD has already been teasing these graphics cards on twitter and other social channels. Dubbed as console sized dev boxes that pack 16 TFLOPs of performance, it's clear that AMD is going this route with their latest product. Additional details state that the card will be water cooled by a Cooler Master solution and feature a really long PCB that will be equipped with up to three Power connectors. Although AMD initially showcased the reference board with just two 8-Pin connectors, there's a possibility that design changes went underway that led to the addition of an extra power connector.
AMD Radeon Pro Duo To Paper Launch First, Launch Around Computex 2016
The last bit to end this piece is that it is stated that the card will be paper launched on the upcoming event on 14th March. The actual availability of the product will be either 1 or 2 months later making it very close to the Computex 2016 event in Taiwan. Knowing that this is a professional product, the pricing could be close to the $1499 US mark which was once reserved for the Radeon R9 295X2.
We are not sure about the pricing bit but the professional focus does imply that the card won't be less than a thousand bucks, rest of the details are up to AMD to reveal. Be ready for March 14th as AMD spices up GDC 2016 with talks related to their Polaris GPU and software innovations.
AMD Radeon Pro Duo Specifications, What We Know So Far:
AMD Radeon Duo Pro Specifications
|WCCFTech||AMD Radeon Pro Duo||AMD Radeon R9 Fury X||AMD Radeon R9 Nano||AMD Radeon R9 Fury||AMD Radeon R9 290X|
|GPU||Fiji XT x 2||Fiji XT||Fiji XT||Fiji Pro||Hawaii XT|
|GCN Compute Units||128||64||64||56||44|
|Render Output Units||128||64||64||64||64|
|Texture Mapping Units||512||256||256||224||176|
|GPU Frequency||Up to 1000 Mhz||Up to 1050Mhz||Up to 1000 MHz||Up to 1000 MHz||1000Mhz|
|Memory||8GB HBM (4 GB Per GPU)||4GB HBM||4GB HBM||4GB HBM||4GB GDDR5|
|Memory Interface||8192bit (4096 Per GPU)||4096bit||4096bit||4096bit||512bit|
|Memory Frequency||500Mhz||500Mhz||500 MHz||500Mhz||1250Mhz|
|Effective Memory Speed||1Gbps||1Gbps||1Gbps||1Gbps||5Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||1 TB/s||512GB/s||512GB/s||512GB/s||320GB/s|
|Cooling||Liquid Cooling||Liquid Cooling||Air Cooling||Air Cooling||Air Cooling|
|Performance (FP32)||16.38 TFLOPs||8.6 TFLOPS||8.19 TFLOPS||7.2 TFLOPS||5.6 TFLOPS|
|Launch Date||26th April||24th June 2015||7th September 2015||10th July 2015||24th October 2013|