Throughout the year, AMD has been busy releasing graphics cards and driver updates which are mainly aimed at gamers. Recently, AMD released the FirePro w4300, which it described as the “industry’s best performing low profile graphics card.” AMD’s new professional graphics card is mainly intended for users that run CAD applications regularly.
The AMD FirePro W4300 graphics card is a low profile graphics card which will benefit those that are building small form factor PCs as well as tower workstations. The professional graphics card features AMD’s Bonaire GPU which is the same GPU that is used in some of the Radeon R7 200 and Radeon HD 7000 series graphics card. Besides having a powerful GPU, the card is also based on AMD’s new GCN architecture. In addition to that, the graphics card has a 4GB GDDR5 memory.
AMD said that the graphics card is optimized for CAD applications like AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks, Catia and a few others. Interestingly, the FirePro W4300 will support up to six displays via MST-enabled hub and resolutions of up to 4K and 5K. AMD said that the FirePro W4300 will have a maximum power consumption of 50W which is achieved by using AMD PowerTune technology.
If it wasn’t clear before, Radeon Technologies Group vice president and general manager, Sean Burke, said that the FirePro W4300 was designed specifically for CAD applications. This means that even though the FirePro W4300 has an almost identical GPU to its consumer-grade counterpart, this isn’t a graphics card aimed and priced for gamers.
The AMD FirePro W4300 is currently still in production and those interested should contact local distributes for its availability. However, AMD did mention that the availability from major workstation OEM manufacturers is planned for 2016.