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AMD is harnessing its consumer Radeon graphics brand for a new generation of workstation-class GPUs for professional designers and engineers focusing on CAD, game engine design visualisation and virtual reality.
The new AMD Radeon Pro WX Series, slated for release later this year, looks to spell an end to the long-standing AMD FirePro brand, which has become synonymous with workstations over the past decade.
The AMD Radeon Pro WX Series of professional graphics cards are based on AMD’s Polaris architecture and will feature optimisations for a wide range of professional applications.
SolidWorks is the latest 3D application to be targeted by AMD with its physically-based rendering engine. The company revealed this week that Radeon ProRender (formerly previewed as AMD FireRender) will be available as a free plug-in for the popular 3D CAD tool.
Radeon ProRender should be accessible directly inside the SolidWorks viewport and supports AMD GPUs, CPUs and APUs as well as those of other vendors, including Intel and Nvidia.
SolidWorks Professional customers already have access to a mature physically-based rendering tool that can be accelerated by GPUs. However, SolidWorks Visualise only works with Nvidia GPUs (and not AMD GPUs) and is a separate application.
Published 28 July 2016
Posted by Stephen Holmes
Nvidia has launched two new high-end GPUs based on its new generation Pascal architecture.
The Quadro P5000 and Quadro P6000 are designed predominantly for Virtual Reality, design visualisation and GPU compute (including the physically-based renderer, Nvidia Iray), although the Quadro P5000 could also benefit users of very high-end CAD.
The new Pascal architecture has two interesting features relating to VR and GPU compute.
AMD is developing a completely new type of graphics card, designed specifically for large dataset applications, including VR content creation, computational engineering and high-resolution rendering.
The AMD Radeon Pro SSG will feature a Terrabyte of Radeon Solid State Graphics, giving the powerful ‘Fiji’ GPU fast access to large datasets stored on an embedded NVMe SSD.
Current high-end GPUs are limited to a maximum of 32GB of GDDR5 memory. While this is plenty for many users, for more advanced visualisation and engineering workloads it is not possible to hold large datasets completely in memory.