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AMD announced their Radeon Pro SSG GPU with 1TB of onboard memory

AMD announced their Radeon Pro SSG GPU with 1TB of onboard memory

AMD announced their Radeon Pro SSG GPU with 1TB of onboard memory

AMD announced their Radeon Pro SSG GPU with 1TB of onboard memory

 

AMD announced their Radeon Pro SSG GPU with 1TB of onboard memory, the world's first Solid State Graphics card. Now a lot of you will ask, "what exactly is a Solid State Graphics Card?", which is a great question, let's explain what this GPU can do. 

Traditional GPUs have their own bank of memory, which in today's GPUs is mostly GDDR5 DRAM. Gaming GPUs today have a maximum memory bank, or frame buffer, of around 8GB, which is enough for gaming but not enough for professional use. 

With today's lineup of AMD FirePro GPUs the largest frame buffer available is 32GB, which may seem like a lot but it is very limiting when it comes to analysing huge datasets. In the past, if you needed to use more memory than was in your GPUs frame buffer you would need to use your system memory, which adds a lot of latency and can slow performance down to a crawl, forcing AMD to look into an all new way to increase the available memory to the GPU without such a massive performance impact.  

  AMD announced their Radeon Pro SSG GPU with 1TB of onboard memory

 

What this GPU contains is a 1TB bank of solid state storage that is connected to the GPU through a dedicated PCIe bus, effectively giving this GPU a 1TB frame buffer, which while slower than this GPUs onboard GDDR5 VRAM is able to provide much greater performance than a GPU that is using any other GPU-memory configurations for large datasets.  

Right now we do not know what kind of memory is being used in this new GPU, though it is very likely to be traditional NAND or 3D-NAND. AMD says that this GPU can work with and scrub 5K videos in real-time at 90 frames per second, whereas current GPU offerings can only achieve 17, showing how much potential this new GPU has.  

Right now this GPU is available to purchase, but only in beta for and at the high cost of $10,000, US.  In the future, it may be possible to create GPUs like this with Intel/Micron's new 3D XPoint memory for much faster memory performance, though we are only scratching the surface of what is possible with a GPU with such a large frame buffer. 

 

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26-07-2016, 09:52:25

Kleptobot
I'm sure there are some researchers who have some serious science bones over this cardQuote

26-07-2016, 10:03:28

Chrazey
In my eyes the aesthetics of the card is good looking Quote

26-07-2016, 13:07:13

NeverBackDown
Is this there first Polaris professional GPU too?Quote

26-07-2016, 13:41:42

Dicehunter
The demonstration was really impressive, It could play 8K content at 90FPS and scrub through the timeline in Premier Pro without any hickups.Quote

26-07-2016, 17:38:45

CreatiXx
i find the idea pretty cool, sounds originalQuote
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