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Pro Vega For Under A Grand



Kicking off this week is the annual SIGGRAPH graphics conference. AMD announces its newest workstation card this Sunday morning.

Join the Radeon Pro WX family, the Radeon Pro WX 8200, AMD's second professional card based on the Vega GPU, and now double-sided product in its professional graphics table. The youth member follows the introduction of the WX 9100 on this show a year ago, and is designed to offer the same Vega-powered feature set with slightly less performance and a much lower price tag. The card will hit the shelves next month for $ 999.

Because this is another Vega card, the feature set for the card is pretty good and well understood at this point. In addition to offering AMD's latest and best graphics architecture, you can mix graphics / calculate workloads. Vegas other selection features such as Rapid Packed Math (fast FP1

6 support) are available. Which is AMD's broadband bandwidth control (HBCC) for system memory utilization, which will have increased importance on this 8GB card. However, AMD continues to offer its own highly customized professional rendering engine, Radeon ProRender, which continues to receive its own updates as support added to more professional visualization applications like PTC Creo.

(GCN 5)
AMD Workstation Card Specification Comparison
[19659006] Radeon Pro
WX 9100
Radeon Pro
WX 8200
Radeon Pro WX 7100 FirePro W8100
Power Processors 4096 3584 2304 2560
ROPs 64 64 32 64 [19659000] Boost Clock 1500MHz 1500MHz 1243MHz 824MHz
Memory Clock 1.89Gbps ​​HBM2 2.0Gbps HBM2 7Gbps GDDR5 19659011] 7Gbps GDDR5 ] 5Gbps GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 2048-bit 2048-bit 256-bit 512-bit
Single Precision 12.3 TFLOPS 12.3 TFLOPS 10GB TFLOPS 10.8 TFLOPS 10.8 TFLOPS ] 5.7 TFLOPS 8.4 TFLOPS [19659000] 16GB 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB 19659011] 8GB ECG Yes (DRAM) Yes (DRAM) No 8GB 8GB 24GB TFLOPS 21.5 TFLOPS 19659012] 19659011] Yes (DRAM)
TDP [19659010] <250W ? <150W 220W
GPU Vega 10 Vega 10 Polaris 10 [19659012] Hawaii
Architecture Vega

Vega
(GCN 5)
Polaris GloFo 14nm GloFo 14nm GloFo 14nm TSMC 28nm
Launch Date 10/2017 09/2018 11/2018 2016 06/2014 [19659000] Starting price (MSRP) $ 2199 $ 999 $ 799 $ 2499

Under the hood, the WX 8200 is actually a more interesting card than one first would think about. The smaller sibling of the WX 9100 flagship, of course, is a cut down, with 56 of the Vega 10 GPU's 64 CUs enabled. With a boost clock of around 1500MHz, the card offers 10.75 TFLOPS of FP32 performance or 21.5 TFLOPS of FP16 performance. Overall, this still gives a pretty big performance bet between the WX 7100 and the new card – the WX 8200 is much closer to the corresponding Vega-based WX 9100 than it's the card underneath – but the introduction of the WX 8200 makes the gap at least to the limit.

More interesting is the memory configuration. At a high level, this is another 8GB Vega 10-based card that uses 2 stacks of 4-HI HBM2 memory and creates an important product difference between the WX 8200 and WX 9100, as the faster the card remains the only modern Radeon Pro WX card with 16 GB VRAM. But the memory of the WX 8200 is quite curious: it's not 1.89Gbps ​​like all other full-speed Vega 10 cards we've seen but run on a flat 2.0Gbps. The end result is that the WX 8200 actually has the largest memory bandwidth of a Vega 10 card, with 512 GB / sec of memory bandwidth. And that's why there will be kicks where the WX 8200 is actually faster than the WX 9100 – especially raw pixel throughput-bound scenarios – as the new card has a small memory clock advantage.

AMD for their part is not & # 39; There is not much attention on the matter. But once again, they mention that the WX 8200 uses SK Hynix ™ Gen 2 "HBM2, unveiled earlier this year, offering memory speeds of up to 2.4 Gbps. The net result of this is a 6% increase in memory bandwidth – do not expect to see AMD replace existing products for some faster memory – but from a technical point of view, it's a performance for AMD, which ultimately finally hit 512 GB / sec of memory bandwidth on a Vega 10 part, just as they originally desired.

Still, AMD's official TDP / max power consumption value for the card is 230W, which is about where the WX 9100 stands as we want. The card has both a 6-pin and an 8-pin external PCIe power connector, so it will require an adequate power supply but nothing exotic.

In the meanwhile for outputs, the WX 8200 is slightly cut down from the WX 9100 here, offering 4 Mini DisplayPort 1.4 ports, keeping it competitive with NVIDIA – which naturally stands out at 4 display outputs to b beautify – while introducing another element of product differentiation between this card and the more expensive WX 9100. Given how relatively rare we see miniDP these days, I'm a bit surprised AMD went with miniDP here instead of full size ports – just the side 4 of them would watch this card (and indeed the WX 7100 does) – but I guess AMD looks for consistency with the WX 9100. Still, everyone said that these ports offer the usual flexibility one could expect with DisplayPort 1.4, including the ability to store them together to run a single 8K screen.

With regard to competitive landscapes, the WX 8200 is generally placed in the same way as AMD's second Pro card. That is, they are significantly undermining NVIDIA as far as pricing goes, with the WX 8200 set to retail for about half the price of its closest competitor, the Quadro P5000. To AMD marketing is credit here, they actually recognize that in core code applications they will not have a benefit, while things will be more in AMD's favor in performance calculation (such as rendering) and multiple mixed workloads like VR.

AMD's press release for the WX 8200 also included an interesting demonstration which I unfortunately did not have time to look into, but that showed that the WX 8200 was far better than the Quadro P5000 in GPU multitasking. In particular, AMD Blender Cycles ran together with SPECviewperf 13, with the P5000 dive hard on SPEC performance while Blender was active. Like all PR stunts, I fully expect this to be cherry picking, but it's an interesting product concentration anyway.

Expect to see the Radeon Pro WX 8200 show up next month, while Newegg begins to take pre-orders tomorrow. With an MSRP of $ 999 it will be about twice as much as the cost of the WX 7100 and a good 38% cheaper than the WX 9100. So for proviz users who may not need 16 GB VRAM or the extra two display outputs, the WX 8200 should be a significant value over both AMD and NVIDIA's current products.


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