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.
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.
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.
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.
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.