Today, we are releasing our second quarterly Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise driver of 2019, 19.Q2, with significant performance improvements in areas where it really counts for enterprise professionals. Additionally, our Day Zero Certification Program continues to help ensure that many professional applications will be certified on this latest enterprise driver prior to its release and the 19.Q2 driver is also ready to support the Windows® 10 May 2019 Update.
“We have been using Radeon Pro graphics cards for years and rely on the stability and performance to meet our product development deadlines. The performance of the Radeon Pro is smooth and effortless and exploits all of the advanced features of SOLIDWORKS®. I really appreciate the regular delivery of Enterprise Drivers, so our graphics solutions are up-to-date to meet the demands of our workflows.
– Steven Pearson, Lead Partner and Chief Designer, Wills Wing
Along with the latest enterprise driver, we are also announcing that in order to better serve professionals who use Radeon™ Pro graphics cards for game development and gaming, we’ve upgraded our Radeon Pro Software “Driver Options” feature with the ability to simply install the standard Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition driver on professional graphics cards.1,2
Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 delivers performance where it counts and is faster than the competition in key performance scenarios that reflect how professionals actually use their workstations, as well as being faster in the typical synthetic benchmarks.
To accomplish this, we created an internal SOLIDWORKS® performance test that realistically reflects the 3D modeling steps that professionals take using CAD applications -- instead of simply rotating, panning, and zooming a 3d model, our internal test uses 20 modeling steps, including sketching, combining, extruding, and cutting. Using this test, when using Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2, the Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 is ~25% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro® P10003 and the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 is ~28% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro® RTX 40004, with both NVIDIA® cards using the Quadro® Optimal Driver For Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31).
Using the AMD Remote Workstation5 feature of Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise, professionals can access the full GPU-accelerated experience of their workstation from virtually anywhere, with minimal performance penalty. When testing with the SPECviewperf® 13 “3dsmax-06” benchmark, there was only a ~2% performance drop when remotely accessing an AMD Radeon Pro WX 4100 graphics-powered workstation (using Citrix® Virtual Apps and Desktops).6
Today’s professionals are rarely doing only one thing at a time, and Radeon Pro graphics and Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 together deliver outstanding multitasking performance even in incredibly demanding environments. When tested against the NVIDIA Quadro P1000 using the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver For Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31), when running the demanding SPECviewperf® 13 “medical-02” benchmark with the Prime95 CPU “stress test” running in the background, the Radeon Pro WX 4100 only suffered a ~1% performance hit compared to the ~39% drop in performance on the NVIDIA graphics card.7
“At Blox Architects, we use a host of CAD and graphic programs switching between them constantly. To stay productive, we needed a graphics solution that could multitask along with us. We see the difference in performance with Radeon Pro hardware and have been impressed with the results and the speed of the machines running this.”
– Peter Bloxham, Founding Director, BLOX Architects Ltd.
Along with the competitive performance demonstrated by our internal SOLIDWORKS performance test, when using benchmarks that test performance using real applications, Radeon Pro graphics cards using Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 are faster than the competition. The AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100 is ~ 11% and ~50% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 using the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31) when tested with OCUS v6.2 for PTC Creo® and SPECapc® for Siemens NX™ 10.0, respectively.8,9
Combined with all the great performance stories above, Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 software launches with Day Zero ISV application certifications, with over 750 certifications delivered since the Day Zero program launched in November 2018 (when comparing previous NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Drivers (ODE) for Enterprise)10. Additionally, AMD has more listed current ISV application certifications than the competition for drivers published during that period.11
“Our long-term partnership with AMD has helped us continuously develop robust, reliable experiences for our users. The Day Zero Certification Program, AMD's benchmark for product excellence, has further enhanced that experience by providing timely solutions that creators can use with confidence.”
– Jon Wadelton, CTO, Foundry
The 19.Q2 driver is also ready for the latest OS update from Microsoft®, the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, and we’ve added streaming capability to Radeon™ Pro ReLive12, the AMD professional-grade screen capture and recording solution included with Radeon™ Pro Software.
Lastly, we’re excited to announce that our standard Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition driver now supports Radeon Pro graphics cards, with this support replacing the previous Radeon Pro Software “Driver Options” feature. By adding Radeon Pro support to our standard Adrenalin 2019 Edition driver, professionals who use their workstation graphics card for game development and gaming now have access to our performance-optimized Day-0 game drivers.
Please note, when used with Radeon Pro graphics cards, Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition does not provide access to any of the gaming features of Radeon Software – Radeon Pro graphics cards will continue to use the Radeon™ Pro Settings UI and support all our workstation software features. Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition is NOT certified on any professional ISV applications.
Alexander Blake-Davies is a Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5
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