AMD launches PC workstation card on 7nm, useful for VR designs

AMD said design engineers and video designers will work faster using less power with the new PC workstation graphics card, the Radeon Pro W5700. It supports VR applications as well. (AMD)

AMD launched a new PC workstation graphics card that is built with 7nm technology for the first time and costs $799.

Called the Radeon Pro W5700, it is especially suited for high performance needed by 3D video designers, architects and engineers who modify and interact with their designs in real time, AMD said in a press release. The card supports virtual reality interactions with a user wearing a VR headset.

The introduction of the W5700 on Tuesday led to a surge in the AMD stock by more than 4%, pushing the it above its highest price in 13 years. It was at $41.60 before market close, better than the price on March 2, 2006, when it hit $41.33. It closed just shy at $41.29, however.

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The new card is based on AMD RDNA architecture, which is a redesigned geometry engine that delivers 25% faster performance per clock in trials with games and 41% higher average performance per watt than the previous graphics core architecture.

It is also works with Radeon Pro Software to consume 18% less power than Nvidia Quadro products, based on tests conducted by AMD.

Companion Radeon ReLive for VR enables professionals using the W5700 to wirelessly visualize their creations with VR apps and some VR headsets including the HTC Vive Focus Plus.

It comes with a USB-C connector for use with USB-C based monitors and head-mounted displays.

Inside, the graphics card comes with 36 compute units that provide up to 8.89 TFLOPS (Tera Floating Operations Per Second) and GDDR6 memory of 8 GB. It also has six display output ports.

It will be demonstrated at Autodesk University in Las Vegas this week.

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