After almost a year of glory, AMD has decided to give the original Radeon Pro Duo dual-chip cards, a Polaris refresh. A newer version of the same name has been announced by the AMD in the NAB event of 2017. The newer version comes with a 32GB of GDDR5 (16GB per GPU) memory and 11.45 TFs of compute power being fired by its 4608 stream processors.

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Targetted Areas

In addition to gaming, the card is basically a professional build for those who want to create some VR content at 4K resolution and at content-creation multitasking. As it is a high-end professional graphics card, the target market is more like that of the game developers or renderers. These high-end specifications will cost you around $999 and it is rumored to be releasing this May.

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New Version Proves To Be Cheaper Than The Original One

The newer Polaris refreshed card is said to be a bit cheaper than the original but this reduced price tag has to come at a certain cost. This upgrade is most suitable for those who don’t want to replace their entire power systems. Also, changing enclosures to accommodate the added heat is not required. For this reason, the card may feel like a bit of under-powered version because of the huge ‘30%’ loss of compute performance when compared to its predecessor.

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What’s The Catch?

If you ignore the loss of compute power, this version can be termed as a 33% cheaper version of the previous card of this lineup. The biggest advantage here is the card’s 16GB (x2) GDDR5 memory. This allows the content creators to work with much bigger data sets/video buffers than the original.

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A Glance At The Previous Version Of The Card

The previous version of the card was definitely a more powerful option with integrated water cooling and rated at a torrid 350W. The other brief specifications included a requirement of 3x 8-pin PEG connectors and a 4GB HBM framebuffer on each chip. Its cost was around $1500 at its launch.