It seems like AMD is everywhere. In between releasing the refreshed Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards, revealing that Vega will debut in June, and teasing ThreadRipper processors with up to 16 cores and 32 threads, the company announced new Radeon Pro WX 2100 and Radeon Pro WX 3100 graphics cards for workstations.
Both graphics cards are based on the 14nm Polaris GPU architecture. The RX 2100 features 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 64-bit interface; the RX 3100 doubles those figures to 4GB of memory on a 128-bit interface. They're otherwise identical, and AMD said in its announcement that both are aimed at people working in the "design and engineering, architecture, finance and media and entertainment" industries.
Here's what AMD said in a blog post about the cards' performance:
[T]hese cards are the fastest entry-level workstation cards, delivering up to 2x more performance than the previous generation AMD FirePro products2. When compared to the current entry-level offerings from the competition, the Radeon Pro WX 2100 delivers on average up to 20% faster performance than the NVIDIA Quadro P400, while the Radeon Pro WX 3100 delivers on average up to 28% faster performance over the comparable NVIDIA Quadro P600.
We haven't tested the WX 2100 or WX 3100 ourselves, so we can't speak to the veracity of AMD's claims. Even if they're accurate, you're going to pay for that improved performance: The WX 2100 is expected to cost $149 to a Quadro P400's $125, and the WX 3100 costs $199 to a Quadro P600's $178. That is comparing AMD's suggested price to Amazon's price for PNY cards, however, so those differences in price could be inflated.
Still, the improved performance could appeal to someone currently using AMD FirePro cards, or who doesn't mind paying a little extra for a 20-28% boost. AMD said the Radeon Pro WX 2100 and WX 3100 are both expected to launch in June; an exact date wasn't provided. The company also said both cards are covered by 24/7 customer support and a three-year limited warranty that can be extended up to seven years.
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1 x DisplayPort 1.4