AMD has announced a new graphics card that incorporates an SSD for the first time. The Radeon Pro SSG features two PCIe 3.0 M.2 slots allowing you to add up to 1TB of NAND flash memory directly to the graphics card. This will allow large datasets to be worked on locally without having to use system memory, which should provide a much faster experience during heavy rendering work.
The Radeon Pro SSG was demoed at the Siggraph computer graphics conference rendering raw 8K video smoothly at 30 frames per second, and AMD claims it can even run at 90 frames per second. VR content creators and the medical and scientific communities who need high-end renders would benefit the most from the large frame buffer the Radeon Pro SSG provides, and that's exactly who AMD is targeting.
If you aren't in those fields, getting your hands on the powerful graphics card will put a nice dent in your pocket. At $10,000, the beta developer kits for the Radeon Pro SSG are costly, and it's unlikely the commercial version will see a big drop in price. Applications to purchase the dev kit are now being accepted, and the Radeon Pro SSG is scheduled to be released commercially later this year.
Also debuting at Siggraph, AMD introduced its new Radeon Pro WX lineup, which replaces the FirePro range. The Radeon Pro WX 7100 is a sub-$1,000 chip built to allow professional VR content creation at a more affordable price, and the Radeon Pro WX 4100 features a half-height design that is small enough to fit into the AMD executive's pocket who unveiled the new graphics card. The Radeon Pro WX 4100, 5100, and 7100, will be available later this year.