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Announcing AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1, Ready for the Radeon Pro W5500

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Our first enterprise driver of the new decade, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1, is now available to kickstart your professional workflows with significant one-year performance improvement1 and support for our latest RDNA architecture-based AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 graphics card, the new design and engineering GPU of choice. With our 20.Q1 driver, we are also continuing to deliver the quality and reliability our enterprise users expect, with additional Day Zero certifications for workstation graphics users and optimal performance for commercial workflows for users with consumer Radeon™ graphics, thanks to our “One Driver” feature.


 

Support for the New Design and Engineering GPU of Choice
Launched today, the Radeon Pro W5500 is the next card in our new line of RDNA architecture-based 7nm professional PC workstation graphics cards and is fully supported by our 20.Q1 driver. Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise also helps the Radeon Pro W5500 deliver outstanding multitasking performance, with up to 11x the estimated application workflow performance while multitasking when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 graphics card using the same NVIDIA Quadro® ODE R440 U4 (441.66) driver.2

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Power Efficiency Leadership
Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise’s intelligent power usage enables the Radeon Pro W5500 to select the optimal power for different professional application real-world workflows, resulting in up to 32 percent less average system power consumption in SOLIDWORKS® 2020 solid modeling workflows when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U4 (441.66) driver3.

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Additionally, Radeon Pro Software’s intelligent reliability capability helps improve your GPU's reliability, for example, by profiling the Radeon™ Pro W5500 to use lower than the maximum driver-defined GPU voltage in real-world professional workloads such as SOLIDWORKS® 2020 solid modeling workflows, minimizing the potential for any downtime.4


 

Boost Your Productivity by Upgrading Your Driver
It pays to keep your enterprise driver up to date, with the continuous performance improvements in every Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise release accelerating your workflows and boosting your productivity -- the 20.Q1 driver delivers substantially more performance than last year’s 19.Q1 driver, up to an estimated 15 percent faster geomean score of the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark when using the Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics card.1


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Our Continued Focus on Image Quality
In 2019 we added AMD Radeon™ Pro Image Boost with our 19.Q1 enterprise driver release, a professional version of our Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) technology tuned for use with workstation applications that enhances image sharpness and clarity no matter the resolution of the display being used and since then we’ve continued to focus on delivering the image quality professionals demand. Our image precision reliably delivers pixel-accurate results for workflows that demand accuracy, such as medical imaging, and our image consistency helps ensure completed frames are always displayed in your application viewport.


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Professional Certification Leadership
Our Day Zero Certification Program continues to go from strength to strength with Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 being certified in over 243 professional applications as of February 5, 2020, ready for today’s launch of the Radeon Pro W5500. When added to the total, we’ve now been able to deliver over 1400 Day Zero ISV application certifications since the program launched5, letting you enjoy the latest features of a newly posted enterprise driver along with the benefits of certification on the day the driver is released!


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Unified “One Driver” for Commercial Graphics
Since 2017, Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise has supported AMD Radeon™ graphics cards for consumer and commercial users with our “One Driver” feature, which is a single unified driver package for ALL your AMD graphics hardware, whether it be Radeon Pro or select Radeon products.6

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This simplifies deploying our latest software to all your enterprise’s graphics hardware (workstation or commercial) and lets all your users take advantage of the stability, quality, and performance of our enterprise software. For example, when compared to using our competitor’s consumer graphics cards for commercial use, Radeon graphics users can benefit from superior multitasking performance, with up to 1.4x better application workflow performance while multitasking.7

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Footnotes

  1. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 is up to 15% faster in the geomean of the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark viewsets than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 when using the Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 GPU. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 2020, on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® W-2125 4-core 4.50 GHz CPU, 32 GB RAM, Windows® 10 for Workstations 64-bit October 2018 Update, System BIOS 1.11.1 at default settings, Radeon™ Pro WX 9100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1. Benchmark Application: ran the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark and then calculated the geomean of all viewsets (higher is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1: 147.64. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1: 127.88. Performance Differential: (147.64-127.88)/127.88*100 = ~15.45% better performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 on the Radeon Pro WX 9100 graphics card. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. The following needs to be included at least once per document: SPEC® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RPS-118
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 21, 2020, on the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 graphics card and AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 and the NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 graphics card with the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U4 (441.66) driver, on a test system comprising an Intel® Core™ i9-9900K, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming motherboard with BIOS version 0905 at default settings, 512 GB Intel 760p SSD, Windows® 10 October 2018 Update. Benchmark application and derived metric calculation: the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark sw-04 viewset was run with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2019 rendering an AMD internal engine 3d model at 1920 x 1080 with continuous iterations using the Arnold CPU renderer to simulate the application workflow performance with multitasking. Calculated the performance when multitasking as a percentage then calculated the ratio between the two percentages. AMD RADEON™ PRO W5500 RESULTS: AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark sw-04 viewset average test results score: 138.75. AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 with SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark sw-04 viewset test results score with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2019 rendering an AMD internal engine 3d model at 1920 x 1080 with continuous iterations using the Arnold CPU renderer simultaneously average: 86.82. Performance when multitasking: 100 + (86.82- 138.75)/138.75*100) = 62.57% of the workflow performance compared to the performance when not multitasking on the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 graphics card. NVIDIA QUADRO® P2200 RESULTS: NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark sw-04 viewset average test results score: 139.76. NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 with SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark sw-04 viewset test results score with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2019 rendering an AMD internal engine 3d model at 1920 x 1080 with continuous iterations using the Arnold CPU renderer simultaneously average: 7.91. Performance when multitasking: 100 + (7.91- 139.76)/139.76*100) = 5.66% of the workflow performance compared to the performance when not multitasking on the NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 graphics card. Difference in performance while multitasking between the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 graphics card and the NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 graphics card (62.57/5.66)-1 = ~10.05x average better application workflow performance for the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 graphics card. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. SPEC® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RPW-274
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 21, 2020, on the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 graphics card and AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 and the NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 graphics card with the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U4 (441.66) driver, on the same test system. Power was measured using the average of second-by-second value readouts from a Kill-A-Watt P3 P4400 wattmeter over a 5-minute time span spent in the AMD internal SOLIDWORKS 2020 solid modeling workflow test. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers and other variables. RPW-273
  4. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 22, 2020, on the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 graphics card and AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1, on a test system comprising an Intel® Core™ i5-8400 CPU, 16 GB RAM, MSI Z370-A Pro motherboard with BIOS version 7B48v29 at default settings, 512 GB Intel 760p SSD, and Windows® 10 April 2018 Update. Test Applications: Driver-defined GPU voltage data recorded using AMD Graphics Manager at idle, at maximum load using the Furmark v1.20.50 GPU stress test, and during a real-world professional graphics workload by running 5 min of the AMD internal SOLIDWORKS® 2020 solid modeling workflow test. Results: AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 minimum average driver-defined GPU voltage at idle: 0.23V. AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 maximum average driver-defined GPU voltage using Furmark: 1.10V. AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 average driver-defined GPU voltage in real-world professional graphics application workloads: 0.50V. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-119
  5. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise has over 1440 ISV application certifications since the start of the Day Zero Certification Program. Based on AMD internal research as of February 5, 2020, the total number of ISV application certifications for AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise drivers (18.Q4 + 19.Q1 + 19.Q2 + 19.Q3 + 19.Q4 + 20.Q1) since the start of Day Zero Certification Program (18.Q4 or November 14, 2018) is 1443. Please see https://www.amd.com/en/support/certified-drivers for a complete list of Radeon™ Pro Software certifications. RPS-107
  6. The Radeon™ Pro Software “One Driver” supports the following AMD Radeon™ products: Radeon™ 530, 535, 540, Radeon™ RX 460, 470, 480, 540, 550, 560, 570, 580, 590, 5500 series, 5700 series, Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition, Radeon™ RX Vega 56, Vega 64, and Radeon™ VII graphics cards.
  7. The AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 graphics card when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 “One Driver” provides up to 1.4x better application workflow performance while multitasking in the SPECviewperf®13 benchmark maya-05 viewset when compared to the Gigabyte GeForce RTX™ 2060 WINDFORCE OC 6G graphics card using the NVIDIA® Studio Driver 441.66. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 21, 2020, on the AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 graphics card and AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 “One Driver” and the Gigabyte GeForce RTX™ 2060 WINDFORCE OC 6G graphics card with the NVIDIA® Studio Driver 441.66, on a test system comprising an Intel® Core™ i9-9900K, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming motherboard with BIOS version 0905 at default settings, 512 GB Intel 760p SSD, Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Benchmark application and derived metric calculation: the SPECviewperf®13 benchmark maya-05 viewset was run with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2019 rendering an AMD internal engine 3d model at 1920 x 1080 with continuous iterations using the Arnold CPU renderer to generate the application workflow performance with multitasking. Calculated the performance when multitasking as a percentage then calculated the ratio between the two percentages. AMD RADEON™ RX 5700 RESULTS: AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 SPECviewperf®13 benchmark maya-05 viewset test results average score: 232.13. AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 with SPECviewperf®13 benchmark maya-05 viewset average test results score with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2019 rendering an AMD internal engine 3d model at 1920 x 1080 with continuous iterations using the Arnold CPU renderer simultaneously: 143.63. Performance when multitasking: 100 + (143.63- 232.13)/232.13*100) = 61.87% of the workflow performance compared to the performance when not multitasking on the AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 graphics card. GIGABYTE GEFORCE RTX™ 2060 WINDFORCE OC 6G RESULTS: Gigabyte GeForce RTX™ 2060 WINDFORCE OC 6G SPECviewperf®13 benchmark maya-05 viewset test results average score: 254.80. Gigabyte GeForce RTX™ 2060 WINDFORCE OC 6G with SPECviewperf®13 benchmark maya-05 viewset test results score with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2019 rendering an AMD internal engine 3d model at 1920 x 1080 with continuous iterations using the Arnold CPU renderer simultaneously average score: 66.26. Performance when multitasking: 100 + (66.26- 254.8)/254.8*100) = 26% of the workflow performance compared to the performance when not multitasking on the Gigabyte GeForce RTX™ 2060 WINDFORCE OC 6G graphics card. Difference in performance while multitasking between the AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 graphics card and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 2060 graphics card (61.87/26)-1 = ~1.38x better application workflow performance for the AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 graphics card. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. SPEC® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RX-431


Alexander Blake-Davies
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AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Autodesk, the Autodesk logo and 3ds Max are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. NVIDIA and Quadro are trademarks or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation. SOLIDWORKS is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and other countries. SPEC®, SPECapc®, SPECviewperf®, and SPECworkstation™ are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Learn more at www.spec.org. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

5 Comments
Adept II
Adept II

And yet I do not have access to Global Tuning so cannot view or change my fan settings with a brand new W5500?

Adept II
Adept II

And this driver release causes DAILY crashes and BSOD on my W5500? I got used to ROCK STEADY performance with my WX 7100 but I've had the W5500 for five days and it has crashed daily, sometimes twice.

Adept II
Adept II

I am now on my second W5500 after RMA and still the random crashes persist. While going through the RMA process (six weeks!) I used a WX 3100 and had ZERO problems. The day I installed the replacement the same problems started up again.

Adept III
Adept III

This is old, but using the w5500, i get better performance with these 20.q1 drivers over all the other enterprise drivers even the newer ones and they outperform even the newest adrenalin drivers. The only game that i get "slightly" less fps is in Gear Tactics, all other games better performance overall compared to all the rest. 

Adept III
Adept III

That's weird, i bought two w5500 and never had any crashes or problems. guess you got a bad card. i bought mine from ebay

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