AMD’s new Radeon PRO GPU is more sensible

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AMD's new Radeon PRO GPU is more sensible than sexy, but that's not a bad thing. AMD's latest GPU is tailored for the most common business workloads.

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AMD has introduced a new addition to its Radeon PRO W6000 GPU series that specifically caters to the needs of the typical knowledge worker.

The new Radeon PRO W6400 falls short of the W6600 and W6800 in terms of raw power but is tuned for optimal performance in the most common professional use cases. AMD describes it as the company's new "king of mainstream graphics workloads."

Featuring 4GB of GDDR6 RAM, dual DisplayPort connectors, and PCIe 4.0 support, the W6400 delivers the performance of up to 3.54 TFLOPS (based on FP32 benchmark) with a maximum power consumption of 50W.

The new graphics card will go on sale at $249, which is slightly more expensive than the previous generation WX 3200, but less expensive than comparable models from Nvidia.

The typical graphics workload

The design of the Radeon PRO W6400 was based on research conducted by AMD, which sought to establish a picture of the most common business workloads, and therefore the precise graphics needs of the average worker.

The company revealed some of its findings. For example, AMD found that a third of professionals use two monitors, most of which still have 1080p resolution. So to save space and cut costs, AMD opted for two instead of four display connectors.

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The company also found that the average worker spends most of their time using video conferencing software, productivity tools, and web browsers. While professionals working with more demanding CAD and 3D rendering software will be better served by higher performance models, the W6400 offers plenty of performance for regular office workloads.

"It's not about how much you push the GPU," said Jamie Gwilliam, a senior manager at AMD. “The bottom line is that a balanced system is better for typical knowledge workers. Sometimes the GPU is doing the heavy lifting, sometimes it's the CPU."

“Although it's a light workload GPU, you're not sacrificing hardware or software functionality. That's why we think it will be our new king of mainstream workloads."

Performance advantage

Inevitably, the Radeon PRO W6400 doesn't offer the same level of performance as its larger, more expensive W6000-series peers. However, AMD says its newest GPU outperforms comparable Nvidia models by a comfortable margin.

Based on a 6nm process, the W6400 offers higher maximum TF performance than the more expensive Nvidia T1000 (2.5 TF) and T600 (1.7 TF).

It also matches or beats the T600 in spreadsheet, web browsing, and video conferencing workloads, with the performance advantage becoming more pronounced for CAD and image editing. However, it's worth noting that AMD didn't provide equivalent comparisons between the W6400 and T1000.

Like the other cards in the W6000 series, the W6400 also benefits from AMD's trademarked Infinity Cache technology, which allows the effective bandwidth to be doubled in some scenarios (reaching up to 289 GB/s), depending on the software. In use.
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