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The Radeon Pro Duo Is AMD's Most Powerful Ever Graphics Card

1080p, 1440p and 4K are all so passe; the future is about VR. And to build VR games — as well as to play them — you need an especially grunty graphics card. Just announced at GDC in San Francisco and designed for developers, the Radeon Pro Duo is AMD’s latest silicon slice, built on two R9 Fury X GPUs.

The Radeon Pro Duo is designed for VR content creators — AMD specifically calls out entertainment, journalism, medicine and cinema as areas in which development is ongoing. With 16 teraflops of compute performance, it’s almost three times as powerful for precision computing as Nvidia’s top-of-the-line GTX Titan X, and effectively doubles the performance of AMD’s energy efficient R9 Nano.

It’s the first card that AMD has designed for VR creation professionals, and is the initial product in an entire “AMD VR Ready Creator” line-up, working with AMD’s LiquidVR tech to make virtual reality development — which has its own hurdles like presence, high frame rates, high resolution, and asynchronous compute to overcome to create immersive gameplay.

DirectX 12 is specifically called out in AMD’s presentation for the Pro Duo, and it’s likely that this will be the card to beat for DX12 performance in the near future. Like other high-end, development- and compute-focused cards, it’ll likely be a monster when it comes to high-res or virtual reality gameplay; with AMD’s current chips being a little long in the tooth, though, you’ll almost certainly need a powerful PSU to keep it running.


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