AMD announces W6600, W6800 PCI-E GPU compatible with Mac Pro, eGPU

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The new Radeon Pro W6800 graphics card is designed to be used in high-powered workstations such as the Intel-based Mac Pro.

AMD has unveiled its new AMD Radeon PRO W6000 series workstation graphics PCI-E GPU cards, geared for professional use. AMD says that the W6000 line is most suitable for architectural design, ultra-high resolution media projects, complex engineering simulations, and intense video and image editing.

AMD's W6000 series is built on 7nm-based AMD RDNA 2 architecture. The company claims that it offers up to 46% faster rendering than its previous generation when used with programs like SOLIDWORKS' Visualize 2021.

Available now is the W6800 graphics card, which costs $2,249. It features 32GB of GDDR6 memory with ECC support and 128MB of AMD Infinity Cache. It also features 6 Mini-DisplayPort 1.4 outputs.

While not currently available, AMD's mid-range W6600 graphics card boasts 8GB of GDDR6 memory with ECC support and 32GB of AMD Infinity Cache. It will be available in the third quarter of 2021, and AMD suggests a retail price of $649.

AMD's tests suggest that the W6800 could be up to nearly 80% faster than the W5700X graphics card — which is a $600 upgrade to the $5999 Mac Pro, or an additional $1000 for a discrete card. This claimed performance puts it slightly faster than Apple's Pro Vega II, which is a $2400 upgrade to the base Mac Pro price, or a $2800 premium for a standalone card.

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