After the Radeon Pro W5700 based on the Navi10 GPU, a Radeon Pro offshoot follows today, which relies on the smaller Navi14 GPU. The Radeon Pro W5500 follows the naming of the Radeon RX cards for players. Outstanding functions are said to be the PCI Express 4.0 interface and the 8 GB of GDDR6. This should distinguish the Radeon Pro W5500 especially from the competition in the form of the NVIDIA Quadro P2200.
The Radeon Pro W5500 offers 22 compute units and thus 1,408 shader units based on the RDNA architecture. AMD specifies the computing power as 5.35 TFLOPS (FP32). The 8 GB of GDDR6 memory are connected via a 128-bit memory interface and achieve a memory bandwidth of 224 GB / s. 8 GB of graphics memory on a 128-bit memory interface is not very common.
AMD specifies the thermal design power as 125 W. Instead of the mini-DisplayPort connections otherwise used, AMD uses four times the standard size of the DisplayPort connections. Adapters are no longer necessary. Of course, the Radeon Pro W5500 can output display signals with 8K resolution.
A Radeon Pro W5500M for mobile use will also be presented. It has the same configuration of CUs, but clocks lower. The computing power is given as 4.79 TFLOPS. However, only 4 GB of GDDR6 memory are installed and the TDP is reduced to 85 W.
In addition to the hardware and the associated computing power, AMD sees a Radeon Pro card as an advantage due to the software support. This affects the company’s own Radeon Pro software, but also the support for AMD’s Remote Workstation Graphics. The Radeon Pro W5500 should also be the ideal companion for the use and development of VR content.
Comparison of the Radeon Pro models
model shader TFLOPS Storage TDP price
Radeon Pro W5500 1408 5.35 TFLOPS GDDR6 224 GB / s 125 W. $ 399
Radeon Pro W5700 2304 8.89 TLOPS GDDR6 448 GB / s 205 W. from $830
Quadro P2200 1280 3.82 TFLOPS GDDR5X 5 GB 200 GB / s 75 W. from $450 Quadro P4000 1792 5.3 TFLOPS GDDR5 8 GB 243 GB / s 105 W. from $780
The table clearly shows that the Quadro P4000 is the competitor to the Radeon Pro W5500 based purely on the specifications. At almost 800 euros, this will probably cost twice as much as the AMD model.
The Radeon Pro W5500 will be available as a discrete graphics card from mid-February and will cost $ 399. It should be available in OEM systems from the second quarter and the Radeon Pro W5500M should be found in laptops from the first half of the year.