AMD have unveiled two new professional graphics cards that are not based on Vega, but address exactly the other end of the market: the entry. The Polaris architecture is once again used for the Radeon Pro WX 2100 and WX 3100.
A maximum of 1.25 TFLOPS performance offers both graphics solutions with 512 shaders, which is the professional solution of the Radeon RX 550 (test) with the young Polaris 12 chip. The 101 mm² Polaris 12 is manufactured in the 14 nm FinFET process at Globalfoundries, consists of 2.2 billion transistors and offers a maximum of 640 shaders. In the architecture, there is no difference to the larger Polaris GPUs, only the number of execution units has decreased.
TDP classification of 50 and 35 watts
With the smallest Polaris chip and the relationship to the RX 550 is also the TDP classification of the two new graphics cards of under 50 respectively under 35 watts. The difference is only apparent when the Radeon Pro WX 3100 with 4 GB of GDDR5 provides a memory bandwidth of 96 GB / s while the Radeon Pro WX 2100 with 2 GB GDDR5 is throttled at 48 GB / s. Both cards are thus rated under the desktop model for the 118 GB / s, but the professional cards are designed for low-profile operation in the single slot with a small fan.
The GPUs in the entry-level area compared to the predecessor FirePro W4100 but also Nvidia Quadro P400 and P600 to offer significantly increased performance especially in the areas of design and construction, media, and entertainment as well as financial workflows. The price for the Radeon Pro WX 3100 is $ 199, the Radeon Pro WX 2100 at $ 149, round-the-clock customer service, and the three-year warranty with option to extend the warranty to seven years. Both cards will be available in June.