NVidia rocked the computer world with its GTX 1080 and Quadro p6000. These were the cutting Edge GPU’s with sky high prices aimed for the virtual reality gaming and high-end video editing. AMD, on the other hand, released the Radeon R9 480 with a price tag of $200. It was a mass consumption device capable of VR gaming. Just when everyone thought AMD is confining its products to low end, it showed the Radeon Pro Duo Solid State Gaming (SSG) GPU. A Graphic Processing Unit that is far superior to the NVidia flagship.
And running the show is the pair of M.2 Samsung 950 Pro SSDs that enable a terabyte of solid state storage on board. That’s unheard of till this gaming beast arrived. But that won’t come cheap. The commercial version of the product will launch a couple of years later but the developer version can be had for a hefty price tag of $10,000. That’s justified given the terabyte of SSD storage in the Radeon pro.
For comparison, the average GPU today comes with 4GB and top of the line products have 32 GB of VRAM. This product is designed to drive the GPU industry in a forward and isn’t meant for mass consumption.
If you are not a technical person, then the fact that AMD Radeon pro was able to run an 8k resolution game at 90 frames per second while the other top of the line card managed just 17 frames per second should make you better understand the power of this unit.
“Though by and large this is all at the proof of concept stage. The prototype, though impressive in some ways in its own right, is really just a means to get developers thinking about the idea and writing their applications to be aware of the local storage. And this includes not just what content to put on the SSG’s SSDs, but also how to best exploit the non-volatile nature of its storage, and how to avoid unnecessary thrashing of the SSDs and burning valuable program/erase cycles. The SSG serves an interesting niche, albeit a limited one: scenarios where you have a large dataset and you are somewhat sensitive to latency and want to stay off of the PCIe bus, but don’t need more than 4-5GB/sec of read bandwidth. So it’ll be worth keeping an eye on this to see what developers can do with it.” Reports Anandtech.
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