AMD presented recently presented its new Radeon Pro Solid State Graphic Card or SSG. The hardware maker promised that its newest products will provide smooth graphics and processing that is faster than ever before.
The specs are quite impressive. The heavy-duty graphics card contains two M.2 slots for NAND SSD cards. The Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) can then use the SSD cards for added storage, according to Anandtech. The unit can accommodate up to 1 TB of flash memory. The user will need to do some additional programming to use the two SSD cards. Interestingly, the cards are made by Samsung and each contains 512 GB.
The large memory dedicated to the GPU goes to show the high amounts of data required in developing a graphics intensive program. Normally, a GPU will first use up all its local memory before going to the computer's central processing unit (CPU) for additional memory. Such method, however, can considerably drag the processing time, according to Forbes.
AMD spokesperson Raja Koduri said that the Radeon Pro SSG is a piece of hardware intended for high memory consuming graphics and processing programs. The company held a demonstration showing how the Radeon Pro was running a very large video at 90 fps. The video demonstration included playbacks, editing and other processing tasks.
Koduri said that the Radeon Pro SSG can be most useful in various fields including medicine, mineral exploration, engineering, and computer-aided design (CAD). The device can also be used in animation and film that utilizes CGI or virtual reality (VR).
The Radeon Pro SSG will be available next year. They are considered as beta models and AMD will sell them directly. Interested buyers could start applying for the developer kit now. This high-performing card, though, is quite expensive. One unit costs around $10,000. AMD will give buyers a warranty of least 10 years and round-the-clock technical support.