Delivering Power Efficiency and Improved Performance with the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3

Blog Post created by alexander.blake-davies Employee on Nov 27, 2018


[Originally posted on 07/27/17]


The latest Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver also adds support for the latest Radeon™ Pro graphics cards, the Radeon™ Pro Duo (“Polaris”), Radeon™ Pro WX 3100, and Radeon™ Pro WX 2100.


With the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3, AMD is continuing its commitment to giving enterprises the stability, performance, and feature improvements their users need with a new Enterprise Driver release every quarter. Today’s Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 builds on the release of the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 by focusing on power efficiency and more performance improvements in leading professional applications.




Minimize Your Carbon Footprint

Today’s responsible corporations are always looking for ways to go green and minimize their environmental impact. Reducing the power consumption of the IT equipment used by their employees can significantly contribute to an enterprise’s sustainability efforts, and the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 has substantial power efficiency gains over the 17.Q2 driver1.


With the 17.Q3 driver, enterprise users with a Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 in their workstation can expect to see up to 20% lower power consumption2, up to 10% lower GPU temperature3, and up to 5% lower average fan speed4. This all adds up to power efficiency gains that will noticeably reduce a user’s carbon footprint.




Improved Performance in Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, SPECapc Siemens NX, and Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017

With the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3, enterprise professionals can expect to see some noteworthy performance improvements in leading professional applications. When tested in Autodesk® 3ds Max® and Autodesk® Maya® using the Radeon™ ProRender plug-in, the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 delivers up to 5% rendering performance improvement using the 17.Q3 driver when compared to the 17.Q2 driver5,6. When tested with the SPECapc® Siemens® NX 10 benchmark, the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 delivers up to 7% faster Siemens® NX 10 performance with the 17.Q3 driver versus the 17.Q2 driver7 and up to 9% faster performance in Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC 2017 GPU acceleration.


Certifications and Unprecedented Driver Quality

Radeon™ Pro Software is certified on the leading workstation applications professionals use, including Autodesk® AutoCAD®, Dassault CATIA®, Siemens® NX, Adobe® Premiere®, Avid® Media Composer®, Autodesk® Maya® and many more. To meet the demanding needs of enterprise users, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Drivers are rigorously tested to deliver unprecedented stability, quality, and reliability. They undergo 2x more OEM platform testing, 3x more ISV certification testing, and 1.5x more stress testing than our legacy AMD FirePro™ drivers.




Meeting Enterprise Needs

In addition to the power efficiency and performance improvements detailed above, the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 continues to meet enterprise needs with features like Radeon™ Pro ReLive to capture and record professional workflows, AMD LiquidVR™ technology10 for advanced VR design visualization using game engine integration, and Radeon™ Pro Software’s Prioritized Enterprise Support program11 and 24/7 Radeon™ Pro support12.


You can download the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 here.

Compatible with: Radeon™ Pro WX series, Radeon™ Pro Duo series, and AMD FirePro™ W series products

Supports: Windows® 7/10, Linux®


SPEC® and the benchmarks name SPECapc® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. For more information about SPECapc®, see For more information about SPECviewperf® see



Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.