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January 19, 2022
AMD announced new additions to the AMD Radeon PRO W6000 Series desktop and mobile workstation GPU family.
The new AMD Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card is built on the AMD RDNA 2 graphics architecture and 6nm manufacturing process technology, with 16MB of high-bandwidth, low-latency AMD Infinity Cache memory technology acting as a bandwidth amplifier. According to the company, the GPU is optimized for the requirements of popular CAD and office productivity applications.
Compared to the previous generation, the AMD Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card delivers up to three times higher performance in Autodesk AutoCAD 2022 during 3D orbit rotational tests in shaded modes, the company says. It also offers up to 87 percent higher performance in McNeel Rhino using the Holomark 2 benchmark with mesh, object and model data stress tests. The company says the card also offers performance gains in typical office applications and workloads, such as videoconferencing, email and web browsing.
According to a briefing with AMD PRO Graphics Marketing Lead Jamie Gwilliam, the New W6400 fills a gap in the Radeon PRO line, providing an option for users with a slightly lighter graphics workload. The new GPU complements the existing W6600 and W6800 cards. “But you are not sacrificing any speed or bandwidth,” Gwilliam said.
The company also announced the AMD Radeon PRO W6500M and AMD Radeon PRO W6300M GPUs for mobile workstations. The new GPUs are also built on AMD RDNA 2 graphics architecture with 6nm process technology and harness up to 8MB of AMD Infinity Cache memory technology.
“Work patterns have changed dramatically over the last year, requiring professional users to work more efficiently and complete projects faster than ever,” said Scott Herkelman, senior vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit at AMD. “The Radeon PRO W6400 is a powerful graphics card that harnesses the award-winning AMD RDNA 2 architecture feature set, enabling not only mainstream CAD professionals to produce incredible and complex designs, but also meeting the demands of today’s office workers who need to edit images, create presentations, collaborate and multitask more than ever. In addition, the new AMD Radeon PRO W6000 Series mobile graphics provide the ideal combination of performance and mobility to drive a range of workloads for professionals on the go.”
Additional features include:
- The AMD RDNA 2 graphics architecture delivers up to 94 percent faster performance over previous generation GCN architecture.
- Up to 16MB of last-level data cache (L3) integrated on the GPU die is designed to reduce latency and power consumption, enabling higher performance compared to previous architectural designs.
- \AMD Radeon PRO W6000 Series graphics offer hardware-accelerated raytracing, remote working capabilities4, 8K display support, the latest PCIe 3.0 and 4.0 high-speed data transfer, VR creator support5, HDR Ready support and Quad-buffer stereo – all supported as standard features.
- Viewport Boost6: The dynamic resolution technology is designed to improve frame rates in GPU-limited scenarios. By intelligently lowering resolution only in scenarios where fast in-viewport movement is detected, it can deliver a significant improvement in interactivity without impacting user-perceived image quality.
A list of certified applications can be found here.