AMD Targets Gaming, VR Content Creators With New Radeon Graphics Cards
The Radeon Pro WX Series of professional GPUs is based on AMD's Polaris 14nm architecture and delivers high performance and power efficiency.Advanced Micro Devices is targeting content creators in such areas as gaming and virtual reality with the latest high-end graphics cards for workstations and similar systems. AMD officials this week announced that the Radeon Pro WX Series of professional graphics cards, which are based on the company's 14-nanometer Polaris architecture, are available. They will address the demands rising from such trends as real-time gaming engines, virtual reality (VR), low-overhead APIs—such as DirectX 12 and Vulkan—and open-source tools and applications. GPUs are a key part of AMD's larger effort to grow its fortunes, allowing the chip maker to compete with Nvidia in a range of growth areas, including gaming, immersive computing and VR. In addition, graphics technologies are being used as accelerators in the data center for enterprises, and in supercomputer and high-performance computing (HPC) environments to ramp up system performance while keeping a lid on power consumption. AMD has created the Radeon Technology Group (RTG) and has unveiled a range of new GPUs, introduced new technologies to the chips like high-bandwidth memory (HBM) technology, rolled out Radeon Software Crimson to replace its Catalyst Control Center and compete with Nvidia's GeForce Experience software, and introduced the Boltzmann Initiative to make it easier to develop high-performance computing applications for the FirePro graphics technology. A recent step was the introduction of the Polaris architecture, a 14nm 3D FinFET transistor design that helps the chips more than double the performance-per-watt of previous Radeon graphics technologies.
Company officials also are beginning to discuss the next-generation graphics architecture, code-named "Vega."