AMD has announced its new Polaris-based Radieon Pro WX cards which promise to bring affordable 5K to the masses.
The range is made up of three versions, all of which are targeted at workstations. AMD claims they are powerful enough to run a 5K HDR display at 60Hz and are cool and quiet. The base model is the WX 4100 – a half-height card that can fit into small form facter workstations. It comes with 16 compute units, 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM and 2 TFlops of performance. The company claims that the WX 4100 is around two and a half times faster than similarly priced cards. It is available from today, November 10th, and it is priced at $399 (around £320)
Looking up the foodchain we have the midrange WX 5100 which posesses 28 compute units, 8GB of GDDR5 memory and 3.9TFlops of compute performance. This one will be availalbe next Friday (November 18th) and it will be priced at $499 (around £400).
At the top of the range is the high-end WX 7100 which is specificially aimed at VR content creators. It has 36 compute units, 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and 5.7TFlops of compute power. This one, oddly, is released alongside the entry-level WX 4100 today for $799 (around £645).
As per usual, these cards come with AMD's VIP customer support (24/7), along with a three-year warranty and an option to bulk that out to seven years for the ultra-cautious user.
While the affordability of these cards in comparision to similarly specced options from Nvidia might make these seem like a good choice for a gaming rig, AMD is very much marketing the Radeon Pro WX series towards developers.
As an aside, I personally think that the sleek blue is much nicer than the loud reds and blacks we've come accustomed to with graphics cards, but that's just me.