Monday, August 13th 2018

AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 Launched at $999

AMD today announced a high-performance addition to the Radeon Pro WX workstation graphics lineup with the AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 graphics card, delivering the world's best workstation graphics performance for under $1,000 for real-time visualization, virtual reality (VR) and photorealistic rendering. AMD also unveiled major updates to Radeon ProRender and a new alliance with the Vancouver Film School, enabling the next-generation of creators to realize their VFX visions through the power of Radeon Pro graphics.

The new turbocharged AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 graphics card allows professionals to effortlessly accelerate design and rendering. It is the ideal graphics card for design and manufacturing, media and entertainment, and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) workloads at all stages of product development.
"Professionals can fully unleash their creativity with the 'Vega' architecture2 at the heart of the Radeon Pro WX 8200 graphics card," said Ogi Brkic, General Manager of Radeon Pro, AMD. "This powerful new workstation graphics card empowers creators to improve collaboration among remote teams with VR, create exciting new cinematic experiences and visualize their creations with ease, all at an incredible price point."

Based on the advanced "Vega" GPU architecture with the 14nm FinFET process, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 graphics card offers the performance required to drive increasingly large and complex models through the entire design visualization pipeline. With planned certifications for many of today's most popular applications - including Adobe CC, Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS , Autodesk 3ds Max , Revit , among others - the Radeon Pro WX 8200 graphics card is ideal for workloads such as real-time visualization, physically-based rendering and VR.

Advanced Feature Set
The Radeon Pro WX 8200 graphics card is equipped with advanced features and technologies geared towards professionals, including:
  • High Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC): The Radeon Pro WX 8200 graphics card's state-of-the-art memory system removes the capacity limitations of traditional GPU memory, letting creators and designers work with much larger, more detailed models and assets in real time.
  • Enhanced Pixel Engine: The "Vega" GPU architecture's enhanced pixel engine lets creators build more complex worlds without worrying about GPU limitations, increasing efficiency by batching related work into the GPU's local cache to process them simultaneously. New "shade once" technology ensures only pixels visible in the final scene are shaded.
  • Error Correcting Code (ECC) Memory: Helps guarantee the accuracy of computations by correcting any single or double-bit error resulting from naturally occurring background radiation.
The Radeon Pro WX 8200 graphics card also features a dedicated AMD Secure Processor, which carves out a virtual "secure world" in the GPU. IP-sensitive tasks are run on the AMD Secure Processor, protecting the processing and storage of sensitive data and trusted applications. It also secures the integrity and confidentiality of key resources, such as the user interface and service provider assets.

The Radeon Pro WX 8200 graphics card will be available for pre-order at Newegg on August 13, with on-shelf availability expected in early September and an SEP of $999 USD. Radeon Pro WX Series graphics cards come equipped with the Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise Driver - According to a QA Consultants report, commissioned by AMD, the "most stable driver in the industry" - as well as a three-year limited warranty and optional seven-year limited warranty on retail versions.

Radeon ProRender
AMD also introduced new plug-ins for Radeon ProRender, AMD's high-performance physically-based rendering engine that enables CAD designers and 3D artists to create renders quickly and easily. Users now have free access to new plug-ins for:
  • PTC Creo: Enables designers and engineers to quickly and easily create incredibly rendered visualizations of their products and is available now in beta.
  • Pixar USD viewport: For developers building a USD Hydra viewport for their application, the new USD plug-in available on GitHub adds path-traced rendering for accurate viewport previews.
  • New features and updates have also been added to existing plug-ins, including support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2019, camera motion blur and many more.
Update: Added the full AMD slide deck
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27 Comments on AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 Launched at $999

#1
DeathtoGnomes
delivering the world's best workstation graphics performance for under $1,000
I love this part! Huge savings! you heard it here first folks!
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#2
silentbogo
DeathtoGnomes
I love this part! Huge savings! you heard it here first folks!
What makes it worse, is the fact that this is nothing but an overpriced Vega56
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#3
W1zzard
silentbogo
What makes it worse, is the fact that this is nothing but an overpriced Vega56
Yup, we asked AMD about this and they say the differentiation to Vega 64 Frontier Edition is that this uses only 250 W (ie, less rendering power) and comes with certifications (which are part of the Radeon Pro driver, which works on Vega 64 Frontier, too). And of course the shiny blue.
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#4
DeathtoGnomes
W1zzard
Yup, we asked AMD about this and they say the differentiation to Vega 64 Frontier Edition is that this uses only 250 W (ie, less rendering power) and comes with certifications (which are part of the Radeon Pro driver, which works on Vega 64 Frontier, too). And of course the shiny blue.
I wonder is we can save $25 by going with Gun Metal Grey?
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#5
IceShroom
silentbogo
What makes it worse, is the fact that this is nothing but an overpriced Vega56
Yeah, nothing but a overpriced Vega 56 with Pro Driver and ECC???? What is the price of similar powerful card from Nvidia? 250$?? or 150$??
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#6
Brusfantomet
IceShroom
Yeah, nothing but a overpriced Vega 56 with Pro Driver and ECC???? What is the price of similar powerful card from Nvidia? 250$?? or 150$??
Considering that the Quadro P4000 is a nerfed 1070, and the Quadro P5000 is a 1080, the WX 8200 falls between the two.
Where the P4000 costs aprox. $800 the P5000 goes for $1800.

Generally, you get these cards if you know you need them, or you really like to pay for non-consumer features.
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#7
RejZoR
IceShroom
Yeah, nothing but a overpriced Vega 56 with Pro Driver and ECC???? What is the price of similar powerful card from Nvidia? 250$?? or 150$??
The syndrome of people expecting AMD to just give shit away for free and NVIDIA can always easily charge 4 digits for similarly performing thing is showing strong again...
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#8
ShurikN
Brusfantomet
Considering that the Quadro P4000 is a nerfed 1070, and the Quadro P5000 is a 1080, the WX 8200 falls between the two.
Where the P4000 costs aprox. $800 the P5000 goes for $1800.
Looking at AMD's internal testing it's faster than the P5000 in Blender, Maya, Adobe Premier and some more.
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#9
Vya Domus
silentbogo
What makes it worse, is the fact that this is nothing but an overpriced Vega56
And competing stuff like the Quadro P4000 which is roughly twice as slow is what compared to this ? What sort of expectations did you have from them ? AMD is right , there is no faster professional card in that price range, nothing comes even close.
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#10
InVasMani
The HBM2 memory is clocked higher, but it's certainly not clocked that much higher enough to make it a 1K card. You could actually get a pair of GTX1080's for less than that price.
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#11
iO
InVasMani
The HBM2 memory is clocked higher, but it's certainly not clocked that much higher enough to make it a 1K card. You could actually get a pair of GTX1080's for less than that price.
And than those 1080s arent worth a damn if you need the features only the certified pro drivers of Quadros or RadeonPros offer.
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#12
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
InVasMani
The HBM2 memory is clocked higher, but it's certainly not clocked that much higher enough to make it a 1K card. You could actually get a pair of GTX1080's for less than that price.
Apparently has no idea it’s not for gaming....
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#13
the54thvoid
Pro cards also seem to have a typical following. If you're using Radeon Professional cards now, you'll likely update to their newer release. Ditto for Nvidia.
And prices reflect support, not just the hardware.
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#14
Basard
DeathtoGnomes
I wonder is we can save $25 by going with Gun Metal Grey?
Want it without paint? That costs extra....
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#15
Caring1
The marketing genius that produced that slide show needs a slap upside the head.
Reliability, Innovation, Performance! :eek:
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#16
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Unless you need to tell your clients "yes, we use only certified hardware," and need a 7-year warranty, this card is a waste of money compared to Pro Vega Frontier Edition (which also comes with Pro driver), 2x the memory, full 4096 SP, and that golden corner LED.
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#17
Vya Domus
btarunr
Pro Vega Frontier Edition (which also comes with Pro driver), 2x the memory, full 4096 SP, and that golden corner LED.
I don't think they make those anymore.
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#18
DeathtoGnomes
the54thvoid
Pro cards also seem to have a typical following. If you're using Radeon Professional cards now, you'll likely update to their newer release. Ditto for Nvidia.
And prices reflect support, not just the hardware.
Seems some people in this thread forget this is not a consumer card, hence "Pro", either that or they just wanna troll. Customer Support is not free, its paid for by adsding the cost to the MSRP and you buying the item. They could add on Support separately for this card, "oh its an additional $59.95" for 6 months or a year even. Even Warranty costs additional if you want extend things.

Fanboi trolls aside, I think the price is just right given positioning in the market.
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#19
Readlight
My old SolidWorks, AutoCAD teacher definitely want it.
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#20
xorbe
When talking about video cards, what does turbocharged and supercharged even mean. It's like filler words.
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#21
Final_Fighter
xorbe
When talking about video cards, what does turbocharged and supercharged even mean. It's like filler words.
electricity that is compressed and forced threw the power phase intake track and into the individual cores via a propeller. more power means more performance. the idea is to get as much current into the cores as possible.

thought it was obvious.
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#22
timta2
Final_Fighter
electricity that is compressed and forced threw the power phase intake track and into the individual cores via a propeller. more power means more performance. the idea is to get as much current into the cores as possible.

thought it was obvious.
We thought it was obvious, that he was making a point, that these video cards aren't turbocharged or supercharged, and that it's just silly marketing. There are a lot of non-native English speakers here, though.
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#23
Midland Dog
and then nvidia stomped on its parade with RTX Quadro ahahhaha
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#24
DeathtoGnomes
Final_Fighter
electricity that is compressed and forced threw the power phase intake track and into the individual cores via a propeller. more power means more performance. the idea is to get as much current into the cores as possible.

thought it was obvious.
you can compress electricity? really now! what kind of pump do you need to force it "threw" the power phase?:rolleyes:o_O:kookoo:
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#25
Fluffmeister
Midland Dog
and then nvidia stomped on its parade with RTX Quadro ahahhaha
When price becomes the selling point in this particular market, it was already doomed.
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