Apple hosted its WWDC conference yesterday and, tucked in amongst the laughable $999 monitor stand and PS4 controller support for Apple TV (what year is it?) was something of serious interest for PC hardware lovers. AMD revealed both the AMD Radeon Pro Vega II and the AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics cards.
These ultra high-end workstation graphics cards were unveiled for Apple’s new Mac Pro (starting at $6,000, rising to $34,700 for the Radeon Pro Vega II Duo model with top-end specs). Apple’s insane pricing aside, both of these Radeon Pro Vega II graphics cards will be based on the new Vega 20 7nm process node and should offer plenty of extreme performance for professional users.
“Today’s high-end professional content creation applications are driving an insatiable need for ever increasing levels of processing power and memory,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD.
“Equipped with Radeon Pro Vega II GPUs, the new Mac Pro delivers the computational horsepower and memory bandwidth to power ultra-high screen resolutions and help dramatically accelerate compute and content creation workloads, enabling creative professionals to focus on unleashing their creativity and delivering amazing results.”
Complete unnecessary from a gaming perspective, these AMD Radeon Pro Vega II graphics cards are designed for computation-intensive tasks such as rendering, video effects, 8K video, and more. Each Radeon Pro Vega II GPU is capable of 14 TFLOPS single-precision computer and 28 TFLOPS half-precision. The Infinity Fabric Link GPU interconnect allows for 84GB/s per direction data transfer between Pro Vega II GPUs; 5x faster than PCIe 3.0.
The AMD Radeon Pro Vega II has 64 Compute Units housing 4096 Stream Processors. It’s clocked at 1.7 GHz and features up to 32GB HBM2 memory providing 1TB/s memory bandwidth through a 4096-bit memory interface. AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo is the same but doubled. It’s got 128 CUs and 8192 SPs, along with 64Gb HBM2 video memory and a peak of 28.3 TFLOPs single-precision FP32 compute.
And, if you’re feeling disgustingly flush, or your name is Walt Pixar, a pair of Radeon Pro Vega II duos can be installed together to provide 128GB HBM2 memory, 16,384 cores, amd 56.8 TFLOPS FP32 compute. The mind truly boggles.
Prices have yet to be announced but the cheapest Apple Mac Pro with a Radeon Pro Vega II graphics card starts at a pant-soiling $35,000. Basically, these graphics cards are going to be very expensive, although it’s difficult to discern the exact pricing when Apple’s ludicrous hardware mark-ups are included.