AMD Launches the Industry’s Best Performing Low Profile Graphics Card for CAD for Both Small Form Factor and Tower Workstations

AMD Fire­Pro™ W4300 low pro­fi­le gra­phics card  boasts unpre­ce­den­ted fle­xi­bi­li­ty in its class — 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Dec. 1, 2015 — Today at Auto­desk Uni­ver­si­ty 2015,  AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) unvei­led the AMD Fire­Pro™ W4300 for the best Com­pu­ter-Aided Design (CAD) per­for­mance that fits both small form fac­tor (SFF) and tower work­sta­tions.1 The AMD Fire­Pro W4300 card expert­ly inte­gra­tes a power­ful GPU and 4GB of GDDR5 memo­ry wit­hin a low-pro­fi­le design for instal­la­ti­on in SFF as well as full-sized sys­tems. Orga­niz­a­ti­ons can now con­fi­dent­ly sim­pli­fy their IT manage­ment by stan­dar­di­zing on a sin­gle, capa­ble pro­fes­sio­nal gra­phics solu­ti­on throughout their work­sta­tion deployment.

The AMD Fire­Pro W4300 pro­fes­sio­nal gra­phics card is opti­mi­zed for the latest CAD app­li­ca­ti­ons inclu­ding Auto­desk® Auto­CAD, Inven­tor as well as Revit®, Das­s­ault Sys­tè­mes Solid­Works® and CATIA®, PTC Creo®, Sie­mens NX™, and many more. Engi­nee­ring pro­fes­sio­nals can effi­ci­ent­ly work with lar­ge geo­me­try-inten­se models and app­ly GPU-acce­le­ra­ted fea­tures in their pro­jects, such as the new Order Inde­pen­dent Trans­pa­ren­cy (OIT) mode sup­por­ted in SOLIDWORKS. Users can help incre­a­se pro­duc­ti­vi­ty by visua­li­zing their work­flows across up to six dis­plays2, and up to 4K and 5K resolution.

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We desi­gned the AMD Fire­Pro W4300 spe­ci­fi­cal­ly for CAD,” said Sean Bur­ke, cor­po­ra­te vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, Rade­on Tech­no­lo­gies Group, AMD. “CAD users rely on AMD Fire­Pro gra­phics cards to enab­le their app­li­ca­ti­on fea­tures to best visua­li­ze their designs, and now can con­ti­nue to do so without having to com­pro­mi­se by using the latest ener­gy effi­ci­ent, small form fac­tor workstations.”

Based on AMD Gra­phics Core Next (GCN) archi­tec­tu­re to opti­mi­ze uti­liz­a­ti­on and maxi­mi­ze per­for­mance, the AMD Fire­Pro W4300 card features:

  • 4GB GDDR5 GPU memo­ry for lar­ge pro­jects hel­ping to impro­ve work­flow app­li­ca­ti­on responsiveness.
  • AMD Eye­fi­ni­ty mul­ti-dis­play tech­no­lo­gy2 that allows the use of up to six ultra-high reso­lu­ti­on dis­plays, hel­ping users to mul­ti­task across mul­ti­ple app­li­ca­ti­ons and dis­plays with ease.
  • Four Dis­play­Po­rt 1.2a con­nec­tions stan­dard (with sup­port for up to six Dis­play­Po­rt moni­tors via MST-enab­led hub) and AMD Free­Sync™ tech­no­lo­gy3 that enab­les GPU con­trol of the dis­play refresh rate for tear-free dis­play updates, cri­ti­cal for media and enter­tain­ment app­li­ca­ti­ons and workflows.
  • Open­CL™ 2.0 sup­port enab­ling deve­lo­pers to take advan­ta­ge of new fea­tures that give GPUs more free­dom to do the work they are desi­gned to do.
  • Uni­que power moni­to­ring and manage­ment tech­no­lo­gies plus the maxi­mum power con­sump­ti­on of 50W in a low-pro­fi­le form fac­tor. AMD Power­Tu­ne tech­no­lo­gy4 dyna­mi­cal­ly opti­mi­zes GPU power usa­ge and AMD Zero­Core Power tech­no­lo­gy4 signi­fi­cant­ly redu­ces power con­sump­ti­on at idle.
  • Cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on on more than 100 dif­fe­rent app­li­ca­ti­ons for impro­ved per­for­mance and relia­bi­li­ty, inclu­ding the most popu­lar design and engi­nee­ring and media and enter­tain­ment app­li­ca­ti­ons. AMD Fire­Pro™ pro­fes­sio­nal gra­phics dri­vers are released several times each year and inclu­de per­for­mance and fea­ture improvements.

The AMD Fire­Pro W4300 pro­fes­sio­nal gra­phics card is cur­r­ent­ly in pro­duc­tion — con­ta­ct local dis­tri­bu­tors for avai­la­bi­li­ty. Avai­la­bi­li­ty from major work­sta­tion OEMs is plan­ned for 2016. For more infor­ma­ti­on, con­ta­ct the AMD Pro­fes­sio­nal Gra­phics Team by email: AMD.ProfessionalGraphics@amd.com

From Decem­ber 1 to 3, AMD Fire­Pro pro­ducts are on dis­play in booth 426 at Auto­desk Uni­ver­si­ty 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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About AMD

For more than 45 years AMD has dri­ven inno­va­ti­on in high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting, gra­phics, and visua­liz­a­ti­on tech­no­lo­gies ― the buil­ding blocks for gaming, immer­si­ve plat­forms, and the dat­a­cen­ter. Hund­reds of mil­li­ons of con­su­mers, lea­ding For­tu­ne 500 busi­nes­ses, and cut­ting-edge sci­en­ti­fic rese­arch faci­li­ties around the world rely on AMD tech­no­lo­gy dai­ly to impro­ve how they live, work, and play. AMD employees around the world are focu­sed on buil­ding gre­at pro­ducts that push the bounda­ries of what is pos­si­ble. For more infor­ma­ti­on about how AMD is enab­ling today and inspi­ring tomor­row, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) web­site, blog, Face­book and Twit­ter pages.

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AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Fire­Pro and com­bi­na­ti­ons the­re­of, are trade­marks of Advan­ced Micro Devices, Inc. Open­CL and the Open­CL logo are trade­marks of Apple Inc. used by per­mis­si­on by Khro­nos. Other names are for infor­ma­tio­nal pur­po­ses only and may be trade­marks of their respec­ti­ve owners.

  • Based on AMD inter­nal tes­ting as of Octo­ber 12, 2015 using SPEC­view­perf 12.0.1 to mea­su­re visu­al per­for­mance and crea­te the geo­metric average results of the fol­lowing four CAD tests: catia-04, creo-01, sn-02 and sw-03. AMD Fire­Pro W4300 scored 47.23 vs. Qua­dro K1200 which scored 38.99. Test sys­tem: Intel E5-1650 v3 3.50GHz, 16GB RAM, Win7 64-bit SP1, AMD 15.201 beta23, Nvi­dia 354.13. Indi­vi­du­al scores for AMD Fire­Pro W4300: catia-04 = 38.79, creo-01 = 43.31, snx-02 = 45.65, sw-03 = 64.86. Indi­vi­du­al scores for Qua­dro K1200: catia-04 = 35.07, creo-01 = 32.77, snx-02 = 29, sw-03 = 69.35 FP-183 
  • AMD Eye­fi­ni­ty tech­no­lo­gy sup­ports up to six Dis­play­Po­rt™ moni­tors on an enab­led gra­phics card. Sup­por­ted dis­play quan­ti­ty, type and reso­lu­ti­on vary by model and board design; con­firm spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons with manu­fac­tu­rer befo­re purcha­se. To enab­le more than two dis­plays, or mul­ti­ple dis­plays from a sin­gle out­put, addi­tio­nal hard­ware such as Dis­play­Po­rt-rea­dy moni­tors or Dis­play­Po­rt 1.2 MST-enab­led hubs may be requi­red.  A maxi­mum of two acti­ve adap­ters is recom­men­ded for con­su­mer sys­tems. See www.amd.com/eyefinityfaq for full details.
  • Free­Sync is an AMD tech­no­lo­gy desi­gned to redu­ce or eli­mi­na­te screen tears in games and vide­os by allowing the monitor’s refresh rate to be con­trol­led by and syn­chro­ni­zed to the gra­phics card.  Requi­res Dis­play­Po­rt 1.2a com­pli­ant moni­tors that sup­port Dis­play­Po­rt Adaptive-Sync.
  • AMD Power­Tu­ne and AMD Zero­Core Power are tech­no­lo­gies offe­red by cer­tain AMD Fire­Pro™ pro­ducts, which are desi­gned to intel­li­gent­ly mana­ge GPU power con­sump­ti­on in respon­se to cer­tain GPU load con­di­ti­ons. Not all pro­ducts fea­ture all tech­no­lo­gies – check with your com­po­nent or sys­tem manu­fac­tu­rer for spe­ci­fic model capabilities.

Cau­tio­na­ry Statement

This press release con­tains for­ward-loo­king state­ments con­cer­ning Advan­ced Micro Devices, Inc. (“AMD”), inclu­ding the fea­tures, func­tio­n­a­li­ty and avai­la­bi­li­ty of the AMD Fire­Pro W4300; which are made pur­suant to the safe har­bor pro­vi­si­ons of the Pri­va­te Secu­ri­ties Liti­ga­ti­on Reform Act of 1995. For­ward-loo­king state­ments are com­mon­ly iden­ti­fied by words such as “would,” “may,” “expects,” “belie­ves,” “plans,” “intends,” “pro­jects,” and other terms with simi­lar mea­ning. Inves­tors are cau­tio­ned that the for­ward-loo­king state­ments in this press release are based on cur­rent beliefs, assump­ti­ons and expec­ta­ti­ons, speak only as of the date of this docu­ment and invol­ve risks and uncer­tain­ties that could cau­se actu­al results to dif­fer mate­ri­al­ly from cur­rent expec­ta­ti­ons. Risks inclu­de, without limi­ta­ti­on the fol­lowing: that Intel Corporation’s domi­nan­ce of the micro­pro­ces­sor mar­ket and its aggres­si­ve busi­ness prac­ti­ces may limit AMD’s abi­li­ty to com­pe­te effec­tively; that AMD reli­es on Glo­bal­Found­ries Inc. (GF) to manu­fac­tu­re most of its micro­pro­ces­sor and APU pro­ducts and cer­tain of its GPU and semi-cus­tom pro­ducts. If GF is not able to satisfy AMD’s manu­fac­tu­ring requi­re­ments, AMD’s busi­ness could be adver­se­ly impac­ted; that AMD reli­es on third par­ties to manu­fac­tu­re its pro­ducts, and if they are unab­le to do so on a time­ly basis in suf­fi­ci­ent quan­ti­ties and using com­pe­ti­ti­ve tech­no­lo­gies, AMD’s busi­ness could be mate­ri­al­ly adver­se­ly affec­ted; fail­u­re to achie­ve expec­ted manu­fac­tu­ring yiel­ds for AMD’s pro­ducts could nega­tively impact its finan­cial results; the suc­cess of its busi­ness is depen­dent upon its abi­li­ty to intro­du­ce pro­ducts on a time­ly basis with fea­tures and per­for­mance levels that pro­vi­de value to its cus­to­mers while sup­por­ting and coin­ci­ding with signi­fi­cant indus­try tran­si­ti­ons; if AMD can­not gene­ra­te suf­fi­ci­ent reve­nue and ope­ra­ting cash flow or obtain exter­nal finan­cing, it may face a cash short­fall and be unab­le to make all of its plan­ned invest­ments in rese­arch and deve­lo­p­ment or other stra­te­gic invest­ments; the loss of a signi­fi­cant cus­to­mer may have a mate­ri­al adver­se effect on AMD; glo­bal eco­no­mic uncer­tain­ty may adver­se­ly impact AMD’s busi­ness and ope­ra­ting results; the com­ple­ti­on and impact of the 2015 rest­ruc­tu­ring plan, its trans­for­ma­ti­on initia­ti­ves  and fur­ther rest­ruc­tu­ring actions could adver­se­ly affect AMD;; AMD may not be able to gene­ra­te suf­fi­ci­ent cash to ser­vice its debt obli­ga­ti­ons or meet its working capi­tal requi­re­ments; AMD has a sub­stan­ti­al amount of indeb­ted­ness which could adver­se­ly affect its finan­cial posi­ti­on and pre­vent it from imple­men­ting its stra­te­gy or ful­fil­ling its con­trac­tu­al obli­ga­ti­ons; the agree­ments gover­ning AMD’s notes and its amen­ded and resta­ted seni­or secu­red asset based line of credit for a princi­pal amount up to $500 mil­li­on impo­se restric­tions on AMD that may adver­se­ly affect AMD’s abi­li­ty to ope­ra­te its busi­ness; the mar­kets in which AMD’s pro­ducts are sold are high­ly com­pe­ti­ti­ve. Inves­tors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncer­tain­ties in AMD’s Secu­ri­ties and Exchan­ge Com­mis­si­on filings, inclu­ding but not limi­ted to AMD’s Quar­ter­ly Report on Form 10‑Q for the quar­ter ended Sep­tem­ber 26, 2015.