It was expected, it is now official, the Radeon VII Pro from AMD will arrive on the market in September at a price of 1899 dollars. This new professional card, designed for companies, calculation and assembly specialists or even the world of servers, wants to step on NVIDIA’s feet with an aggressive pricing positioning and high performance.
NVIDIA Quadros only have to behave well, but for how long? While the arrival of the new generation of professional graphics cards from Nvidia is fast approaching (the first should be announced this May 14 at the GTC conference), AMD unveils its Radeon VII Pro, a professional card cut for distribution in 8K and the heavy calculation that the reds oppose to the Quadro RTX 5000, RTX 4000 and Quadro GV100 / GP100.
The price: AMD’s heavy argument
To seduce with this new GPU, AMD draws its usual pricing argument, by proposing a product cheaper than the competition and for the moment more efficient – at least in certain cases. AMD notes that it is possible to buy two Radeon VII Pro for a total of $ 3,798, compared to $ 8,999 for a single Quadro GV100. The firm is therefore proud to announce that its customers will be able to invest the $ 5,200 difference in the rest of their system in this way. An interesting price difference.
Per unit, the card thus sports 16 GB of HBM2 video memory (for a bandwidth of more than 1 TB / s), supports PCIe 4.0 x16 and integrates 6 Mini DisplayPort 1.4 ports. According to AMD, it develops up to 13.1 TFLOPS of computing power in single precision and up to 6.5 TFLOPs in double precision, all without exceeding 250 W of TDP.
For comparison, the Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 (which AMD seems to set up as the main competitor of its new chip), has 16 GB of GDDR6 video memory (slower), only supports PCIe 3.0 x16 and has 4 DisplayPort ports for one VirtualLink output. AMD ensures that its Radeon VII develops up to 14% more performance in single precision … and that it shows up to 95% faster in double precision for a maximum of 6% less consumption. Same memory bandwidth assessment, with a difference of up to 55% in favor of the Radeon VII Pro, promises AMD.
Many areas of application
With this enticing technical sheet, AMD is proud to indicate that its Radeon VII Pro is at least as powerful, if not more efficient, than a Quadro RTX 5000 on most professional software, such as After Effect, Photoshop, Nuke or even DaVinci.
In some cases, the chip is also shown to be significantly less energy-hungry and therefore less prone to heating. Under GeekBench FireMark, and after 20 stress test mints in a room at 20 °, AMD evokes a temperature of 72.9 ° for the Radeon VII Pro, against 80.1 ° for its rival the Quadro RTX 5000.
The Radeon is also targeting 8K publishing and distribution as well as display on multiple screens. Each Radeon VII Pro can thus manage up to 6 screens in parallel, but AMD recalls that by using its FirePro S400 synchronization module, up to 4 GPUs can then be managed simultaneously for display on 24 screens. Perfect for advertising display, studio work or control rooms for example.
3D rendering is finally central in AMD’s communication for this new graphics card, with much higher efficiency than the Radeon VII Pro compared to calculations performed using only CPUs (like the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X). The card should finally demonstrate its potential in the world of servers, supercomputers, but also in other advanced areas such as security or industry.
Source: AMD press release