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AMD reveals the Radeon Pro Duo for VR

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The new card from AMD will feature two GPUs in a single card

At the recent GDC 2016 Capsaicin event by AMD, they have finally revealed the newest graphic card that will have the new dual Fiji video card and will be dubbed as Radeon Pro Duo. The new Pro Duo will be targeting VR gaming as well as end-user gaming.

The development for the dual Fiji card was teased way back in 2015 and it was supposed to be released last year as AMD?s flagship card. However, it was announced last December that AMD will be realigning their card to focus more on VR gaming. It was eventually delayed for 2016 just in time for the release of some of the major VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

What makes the card ?the most powerful single graphics card in the world? is its combining of two GPUs in a single GPU board, where it has 16 teraflops of computing power compared to that from Nvidia?s Titan X which only has 7 teraflops. However, this is not the first time AMD made a dual GPU in a single card. Their previous work was for the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 where two R9 295 are mounted in a single card. Doubling the card means doubling the power consumption as well. Although it was not specified on the power consumption for the Pro Duo, the R9 292X2 was rated for 500W.

The Radeon Pro Duo will also have an expensive price tag, as it will be available for $1499, the same price as with the dual R9 295X2 card and more than half the price of a Radeon R9 Fury X ($649). What makes this a changer is the change of target market. Instead of aiming for the VR consumer market, the Pro Duo is aimed towards a content creation card, most likely for game development and other video content creations that requires large amount of graphical power. Expect to the see the Pro Duo around 2nd Quarter of 2016.

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