AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200 GPU Launched

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AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200

The AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200 is a $199 GPU. That says a lot. It is designed to be a single slot low-profile GPU that also sips power. With integrated graphics powering more displays, the AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200 now has four mini-DisplayPort 1.4 ports onboard.

AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200 Key Specs

Here are the key specs of the AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200 GPU:

  • GPU Generation: Polaris
  • Process: 14nm FinFET
  • Stream Processors: 640
  • Compute Units: 10
  • FP32: 3.3TFLOPs
  • FP64: 104GFLOPs
  • Memory: 4GB DDR5 128-bit
  • Memory Bandwidth 96GB/s
  • Display Outputs: 4x mini-DisplayPort 1.4 ports (4x 4K or 1x 8K display)
  • PCIe: PCIe Gen3 x16 (x8 electrical)
  • Form Factor: Single-slot low-profile
  • TDP: 50W

This is not designed to be the fastest GPU on the market. It is also notable since the card is still built on 14nm Polaris instead of 7nm Navi which is launching on the consumer side. Using Polaris also means that the card is limited to PCIe Gen3 while AMD is releasing CPUs this quarter that have PCIe Gen4 and the company has been touting the benefits of Gen4.

Final Words

If one needs a small form factor upgrade over integrated graphics, a $199 card that can take advantage of AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise, and that runs at 50W is attractive. That form factor has other limitations like the inability to realistically fit HDMI ports directly onto the board, something that is common in the digital signage space.

STH tends to use these cards as GPUs in small form factor servers, but also for another simpler purpose: to debug embedded systems. Some embedded systems do not have onboard video. When the console output is misdirected, having a small GPU that does not need GPU power and that can provide a display output is handy.

AMD touts its compatibility with high-end professional software via its drivers. At the same time, our sense is that software that costs $10,000+ per CPU core is likely going to find its way into systems with better graphics than this, even the AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 we reviewed. For other applications, having a certified solution that can fit into a small form factor device is useful.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Why on EARTH would they only utilize 8 PCIe lanes but still have the physical footprint of 16 lanes? Ugh. This would have been PERFECT on server motherboards for 2U Plex transcoding or VDI workflows.

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