AMD Radeon Pro VII – The beast of the Nvidia Pro Card?

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AMD Radeon Pro VII - The beast of the Nvidia Pro Card?


At Gamereactor, we were invited to a press conference during which we learned that AMD is currently trying to take the place of NVIDIA in the gaming market. The new Radeon VII graphics card has it all. It is fast, has enormous capacity, and is offered at an extremely aggressive price compared to the Nvidia Quadro, GV and RTX.

It tackles Nvidia products on three specific points in which the company was previously the undisputed master. Design simulation, broadcast & media, and HPC.

As gamers, we often consider hardware to be relatively expensive. However, $ 9,000 graphics cards are not uncommon in other industries. That said, AMD is currently targeting the throat of the competition, since they offer superior graphics cards to the Nvidia Quadro GV100 for less than $ 1,900.

This means that AMD could dethrone Nvidia in industries where it is necessary to calculate when a machine or one of its components will break, or even what heat an aircraft can withstand.

In the same way, almost all modern products, including cars, need this technology in order to perform a large number of calculations. The simulation market should indeed weigh $ 19 billion within five years.

What is the Radeon VII capable of?

Although sold individually, it will most of the time be used in a double configuration, replacing the Nvidia Quadro CP100 offered at $ 7,769 or the GV100 offered at $ 8,999. Costing only $ 3,798, the dual Radeon VII configuration is therefore very profitable.

Such a configuration is not only cheaper, it also allows more speed, since it is compatible with PCIe Gen4. With 13.1 TFLOPs, it has more than twice the gross power of the GP100, while the 7.4 TFLOPs of the GV100 are far from rivaling a double Radeon Pro VII. In terms of memory bandwidth, with 1 TB / S per card, AMD also wins.

Unlike other cards, it also offers Error Correction and stays below 73 degrees, while the Quadro RTX 5000 sometimes exceeds 80 degrees.

Some software like Altair’s EDEM runs twice as well on a Radeon Pro VII as on an Nvidia Quadro RTX5000 and 5.6 times better per euro spent when compared to an Nvidia Quadro GV100.

This may not surprise many people, but this new AMD card is also planned to support 8K TV productions, thus considerably reducing their cost. One hour of 8K TV taking about a month to shoot, and two to three months to edit and mix according to AMD.

All this obviously transcends gaming, since AMD thinks that the 8K will be the new standard. Although they did not tell us about new game-oriented models, they should not have any problems at this level either, the games having difficulty running in 4K 60FPS.

AMD has already released the beta version of its ProRender 2.0 software, which, combined with a Threadripper, can fully support Blender, Maya and the Unreal Engine.

The company ended its presentation by telling us about its integrated security processor. AMD is therefore a weapon of choice for the new supercomputers, the Frontier, 1.5 Exaflops, scheduled for next year, and El Captain, 2 Exaflops, which will be released in 2023.

Does this bode well? Absolutely.

AMD showing no mercy, Nvidia will have to respond in terms of performance and price. It will undoubtedly play on their gaming cards as well, so let’s hope we get better cards at more affordable prices.

It also means that AMD’s high-end gaming cards could be much closer than we thought, and that their crazy prices may drop. This would allow more players to enjoy, if not 4k, at least a good 1440p + 60FPS + 144Hz without having to sell their organs or sacrifice a family member.

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