Apple’s decision to use the FirePro professional GPU in its Mac Pro line was a signature win for AMD; otherwise, the GPU maker is getting crushed by Nvidia in the workstation market.
AMD is now pushing to become a major player in professional graphics with new GPUs in the Radeon Pro WX family. With the new GPUs, AMD is also scuttling the FirePro brand, which hasn’t helped the company succeed in the workstation space.
The new Radeon Pro WX GPUs are based on the Polaris architecture and targeted at creative professionals, including movie editors, virtual reality content creators, and game programmers.
The workstation market is growing, with 4K video going mainstream and the emergence of VR headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive. Workstations typically have faster processors as well as more memory capacity and storage slots than standard desktops.
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