AMD Radeon Pro W5700 GPU Review

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AMD Radeon Pro W5700
AMD Radeon Pro W5700

In this review, we will look at the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card. We covered the AMD launch announcement here. In this space, AMD intends for the Pro W5700 to compete somewhere between the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 and Quadro RTX 5000. With 8GB of GDDR6 onboard and PCIe Gen4 support, the W5700 has a very different mix of features that many of our readers may find intriguing as a workstation alternative to the Radeon RX 5700 (XT) series.

AMD Radeon Pro W5700 Overview

The Radeon Pro W5700 GPU has a length of 10.5” long, and a height of 4.4”. It is a dual-slot graphics card. It also uses a blower type cooler, which allows for better cooling in servers and tight workstations where multi-GPUs are used.

AMD Radeon Pro W5700 Front
Radeon Pro W5700 Front

We do not see a backplate on the Radeon Pro W5700 which is common for commercial type GPUs. This is one feature we would like to see ported from the consumer realm and into the workstation GPU market. Some borderline cards, such as the NVIDIA Titan RTX have backplates already. It is hard to argue a Titan RTX is a consumer card.

AMD Radeon Pro W5700 Back
Radeon Pro W5700 Back

For I/O, the Radeon Pro W5700 has an array of video outputs. There are 5x mini-DisplayPorts 1.4. There is also a USB Type-C port for VR applications.

AMD Radeon Pro W5700 Video Outputs
Radeon Pro W5700 Video Outputs

At the back end, we find an 8-pin and 6-pin power connector. This power placement allows for better server and workstation-type deployments as it is optimized for that style of cable routing. We have seen a server “humping” trend in the data center when dense arrays of GPUs are installed with top-mounted power.

AMD Radeon Pro W5700 Power Connections
AMD Radeon Pro W5700 Power Connections

Overall, this is a fairly standard GPU format which means it is easy to integrate into a number of different platforms.

Next, let us take a look at the Radeon Pro W5700 key specifications and continue with our performance testing.

4 COMMENTS

  1. “AMD intends for the Pro W5700 to compete somewhere between the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 and Quadro RTX 5000.”

    Where are the results of the Quadro RTX 4000?, did I overlook them?

  2. Does this card have so-called Navi reset bug? If you passthrough it to VM in hypervisor you won’t be able to reuse card after VM restarts. It was the case with 5500XT (Navi as well). While it’s ok with consumer card it’s big miss with workstation card IMHO. Previous cards (WX2100) work with pass-through perfectly fine.

  3. If the Arion benchmark requires CUDA for GPU, and CUDA is not available on the W5700,
    then how was the Arion benchmark run on the W5700 ?
    Maybe the Arion benchmark run measured Threadripper 3960x performance, not W5700 performance?

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