AMD says Radeon Solid State Graphics (SSG) can accelerate scrubbing on an 8K video timeline from 17 fps to more than 90 fps, a roughly fivefold increase in performance. The company called it a fundamental change to workstation architecture.
Developer kits will be made available to approved applicants for $9,999 starting later this year; full availability is scheduled for 2017.
For workflow that chews up video data a litle less aggressively, AMD released three graphics cards in the new Radeon Pro WX Series — the first workstation cards based on the company’s Polaris architecture. At the high-end, the Radeon Pro WX 7100 GPU is aimed directly at content creation with a sub-$1,000 price point. (AMD said the GPU passes the SteamVR Performance Test, a benchmark for VR rendering performance.) The Radeon Pro WX 5100 is aimed at product development and design visualization, and the Radeon Pro WX 4100 is tuned for “mid-range application performance,” such as CAD, on small-form-factor workstations.
All of the Radeon Pro WX series cards come with a three-year limited warranty and a seven-year extended liited warranty, AMD said. Support for HEVC and VP9 encode and decode at 4K resolution is built-in along with DisplayPort 1.4 (including HDR) and HDMI 2.0 display support. They are also compatible with the open-source GPUOpen intiative.
Finally, AMD said it is releasing its physically based rendering engine, Radeon ProRender, as part of its GPUOpen open-source initiative. Radeon ProRender plug-ins are available for applications including Autodesk 3ds Max, Dassault Solidworks and Rhino, with a Maya plug-in in development.