Despite not being made available to the general public yet, folks over at Expreview have managed to benchmark AMD’s latest graphics card: the Radeon Pro Duo. By comparison, the Radeon Pro Duo was put up against the likes of the R9 Fury X and Nvidia’s GTX 980 Ti. Of course, the Radeon Pro Duo was victorious in all tests, but it’s interesting to see just how much of a performance gain would one get when considering AMD’s latest graphics card.
Radeon Pro Duo vs R9 Fury X
Based on Expreview’s findings, the performance gain that one would get when opting for the Radeon Pro Duo is 50% compared to the R9 Fury X when playing games in 1080p. Meanwhile, gaming in 4K amounted to a 60% increase in performance for the Radeon Pro Duo against the R9 Fury X.
Unsurprisingly, the Radeon Pro Duo’s 3DMark FireStrike Ultra benchmark (4K) score is almost double that of the R9 Fury X. Games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Witcher 3, Grand Theft Auto V, all sees framerate improvements of more than 50% for the Radeon Pro Duo when gaming in 4K. However, gaming in 1080p seems to only see fps gains of lower than 50%.
Radeon Pro Duo vs GTX 980 Ti
When compared against Nvidia’s high-end GTX 980 Ti graphics card, the Radeon Pro Duo once again takes it by a mile in terms of performance. To be more specific, 4K gaming sees a performance boost of up to 60% for the Radeon Pro Duo compared to the GTX 980 Ti.
However, similar to the R9 Fury X, the performance gains when gaming in 1080p is no more than 40%. Again, like the R9 Fury X, the 3DMark FireStrike Ultra (4K) scores for the Radeon Pro Duo is almost twice that of the GTX 980 Ti.
Power consumption & GPU temperature
Interestingly, despite being equipped with two Fiji XT GPUs, the power consumption of the Radeon Pro Duo isn’t significantly higher compared to the R9 Fury X and GTX 980 Ti. In fact, in one test (Furmark), Expreview found that the power draw from the Radeon Pro Duo was lower compared to the other two.
Temperature-wise, results are as expected. Being water cooled graphics cards, both the Radeon Pro Duo and R9 Fury X have better cooling efficiency when compared against the “fan-cooled” GTX 980 Ti. Expreview’s graphs indicate that the Radeon Pro Duo barely reaches 55-degrees Celcius when under load.
Knowing all this, one can safely conclude the fact that the Radeon Pro Duo is definitely the go-to graphics card for 4K gaming – not necessarily for gaming in 1080p however. Regardless, one still has to consider the price. Does a 60% improvement in performance justify the US$1,500 (about RM5,890) price tag of the Radeon Pro Duo?
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