Sharing the below announcement by AMD for interested readers. This news is very exciting for me even though I’m no longer in working in the graphics industry. A pro-grade workstation graphic card for under a thousand bucks? People would think you’re deranged if you mentioned this a decade ago. The announcement moreover mentioned Topaz Labs Video AI. That’s one software I would really appreciate any speed improvements for.
Two days ago on Nov 13, AMD announced the AMD Radeon™ PRO W7700, the most powerful professional workstation graphics card under USD 1,000, offering an ideal combination of reliability, stability and extraordinary price/performance for content creation, CAD and AI applications.
The new workstation graphics card is designed to meet the evolving demands of professional workflows, including increasingly complex computer-generated designs, the continual growth in the development of visual effects and animations, a global surge in construction, and the explosive growth in advanced AI applications. The AMD Radeon™ PRO W7700 graphics card unleashes professionals’ creativity through exceptional performance, stunning visuals and future-ready capabilities.
“We built and optimized the AMD Radeon™ PRO W7700 graphics cards to create premium workstation graphics experiences, enabling our customers to boost innovation and productivity,” said Dan Wood, corporate vice president, Radeon product management at AMD.
Unleashing Innovation and Creativity
The AMD Radeon™ PRO W7700 workstation graphics card is ideal for the growing demands of creative industries, including Media & Entertainment, Design & Manufacturing, and Architecture, Engineering & Construction. The 16GB of high-speed VRAM allows 3D artists and video editors to work with higher resolution models and textures and process intricate effects. It also enables data exchange between applications, allowing users to multitask between editing, compositing, and retouching to meet project deadlines.
In addition, with industry-leading support for DisplayPort™ 2.1, video editors will benefit from richer color spaces and the ability to leverage the highest display resolutions available today. The new graphics card also supports the latest codecs with AV1 encode/decode and AI-enhanced video encode capabilities for lightning-fast video encoding times that streamline and accelerate video production.
Enabling Next-Generation CAD and Design
Built on the high-performance, energy-efficient AMD RDNA™ 3 architecture, the Radeon™ PRO W7700 workstation graphics card offers up to 1.7X better price/performance than the competitive offering.
The new graphics card also provides up to 52% higher performance in SOLIDWORKS®, up to 24% higher performance in Creo® and up to 37% higher performance in CATIA™ compared to competitor solutions, empowering architects to bring their visions of hotels, office buildings and other structures to life by enabling them to produce photorealistic renders and immersive walkthroughs. DisplayPort™ 2.1 and the AMD Radiance Display™ Engine technologies also offer stunning resolutions and vibrant color depth for viewing projects on up to four displays.
“The great collaboration between AMD and ACCA continues five years strong. Architectural customers have benefited from the combination of AMD Radeon ProRender in our ACCA Edificius BIM application, thanks to the integration of HIP,” said Guido Cianciulli, founder and CEO, ACCA Software. “We are excited that ACCA Edificius customers will benefit from the new AMD Radeon™ PRO W7000 series workstation graphics, which provide increased photorealism and improved image rendering power, as well as support for ultra-performance displays.”
The Radeon™ PRO W7700 workstation graphics card enables professionals to build and run AI applications right from their desktops. Featuring hardware-based AI accelerators, the graphics card is designed to accelerate AI workloads in the latest applications, including DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere, Topaz Labs Video AI, and many others.
“We are excited about the launch of the Radeon™ PRO W7700 and how it will help users leverage generative AI and the rest of their creative applications,” said Anush Elangovan, corporate vice president, software development at AMD (formerly Nod.ai). “Nod.ai has built APIs to help creators get the most out of their AI applications. Our SHARK Stable Diffusion REST API plugs into Blender®, enabling creative professionals to leverage the power of generative AI in their familiar 3D tools.”
Pricing and Availability
The AMD Radeon™ PRO W7700 workstation graphics card is expected to be available Nov 13, 2023, from leading etailers/retailers. Product availability in OEM workstations and SI systems is expected to begin in Nov 2023. The AMD Radeon™ PRO W7700 workstation graphics card has an SEP of USD 999.