Given last week’s big announcement from NVIDIA with their three new graphics cards featuring the next-gen Turing GPU: GeForce RTX 2080Ti, RTX 2080, RTX 2070, the spotlight was certainly on NVIDIA’s newest line of 20-series graphics cards. However this past Sunday (August 26th) at VMworld in Las Vegas, AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) just announced their new dual-GPU Radeon Pro V340.

With the new Radeon Pro V340 aiming at enterprise, this new card takes two of the 14nm GPUs you’d find in a Vega 64 or Vega 56 and stuffs them into a single card with a dual-slot design, complete with a plentiful 32 GB of second-generation Error Correcting Code (ECC) high-bandwidth memory (HBM).

Radeon Pro V340 Key Features:

  • MxGPU Hardware Virtualization Technology
  • Two GPUs based on the advanced “VEGA” architecture
  • Up to 32 Virtual Machines (VMs) per card
  • 56 x2 CU COMPUTE UNITS to accelerate demanding workloads
  • Two Virtualized Encode Engines to compress independent video streams in H.264 or H.265 formats
  • State-of-the-art memory technology: 32GB of HBM2 MEMORY
  • Remote Management tools to monitor a range of static and dynamic GPU information
  • Enhanced Security Engine to enable hardware isolated VMs

What is AMD’s Newest Card Designed For?

The Radeon Pro V340 is designed to power the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) including: virtualized workloads in the datacenter, enerprise workloads, CAD, graphics rendering, desktop as a service (DaaS), and potentially including cloud gaming solutions.

According to pcgamer.com, “It’s also the first VDI hardware solution equipped with 32GB of HBM2 memory and 512GB/s of memory bandwidth, to help with complex designs and media workloads. Each card supports up to 32 virtual machines, “up to 33 percent more” than Nvidia, with multiple users being able to share the card’s resources.”

In Summary…

The Radeon Pro V340 is in essence, two Vega 56 graphics cards compressed into one (in terms of GPUs). AMD claims memory bandwidth is higher on the Radeon Pro V340, however did not specify other key details, such as clockspeeds and peak compute performance.

According to AMD, the Radeon Pro V340 graphics card should be available in Q4 of 2018.

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