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AMD launch the $1500 Radeon Pro Duo, a VR card with one GPU per eye

AMD Radeon Pro Duo launches

AMD just launched the single fastest graphics card on the market. The Radeon Pro Duo is, as its name hints, two Radeon R9 Nanos together on the same card, each cooled by a smart and unfussy liquid cooler. It's unlikely to hold its title for very long, since both AMD's own Polaris cards and NVIDIA's Pascal models are expected later in 2016, but for now this is the piece of silicon that will do things quicker than anything else.

The best VR games on PC are what this Pro Duo is intended for. But which titles currently make the cut?

When AMD announced the card in March, it was very much with VR content creation in mind. The big idea behind the Radeon Pro Duo's design is that with it you're able to allocate one GPU per eye in VR applications, making it much easier to hit the required 90 fps than with traditional single GPUs.

However, it's also sort of intended as a gaming card. After all, the success of NVIDIA's GTX 980 ti this generation, and the Titan cards past and present, proves there's a sizeable chunk of consumers who'll just go ahead and buy the most powerful card out there, regardless of how much fiscal sense it makes to do so.

$1500 is no longer considered prohibitively expensive for a gaming card, then. AMD themselves are releasing both Radeon and FirePro drivers for the card, so it'll be able to operate as a gaming device just fine. And when I say just fine, I mean: two R9 Nanos fine.

There's something of a premium attached to having two of those GPUs on one liquid-cooled card, though. Buy one R9 Nano right now and it'll set you back around $500. Buy two, and... I'll leave you to do that complex math. Put them both together on one card, and... $1500. It's the price of that cooling solution, engineering, and the ability to say "I've got the fastest graphics card in the world!" from atop your nearest mountain, holding it aloft with both hands and letting your long hair tussle in the wind behind you. 

Thanks, Anandtech.

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2 Years ago

Somehow, despite the sophistication of the new VR units, I think VR for PC gaming will end up the same as each other time is has been tried - a very small niche market, at best. Might be great for simulations, training, etc. But general gaming? No thanks.

I wouldn't invest $1500.00 in a video card or $300.00 to $900.00 in a VR head set. 18 months from now, it will be just like 3D TV - we'll wonder what all the hype was about.

Oh - and about those curved screen TVs.........unless they are the room filling kind (12-20 feet wide) - same thing.

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2 Years ago

BullSH*# I bought the R9 295X2, and they havent done CRAP on crossfire support for that this wont be any better. Neither Nvidia or AMD want to make dual cards work. I wont do it again!!!

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1 Year ago

They dont support there 1500 R9 295X2 at all they dont even list it in supported cards anymore but they do the 285?? NO MORE FOR ME, Nvidia gets my money and I have used AMD since they were ATI

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1 Year ago

No no no, i have a rift and used to have a 3d monitor... they cannot be compared. A 3d tv is like reading a pop-up book, it just feels like it has an extra layer in a set area in front of you. Whereas in VR you feel like you are actually really inside the game/video as you can look all around you, above, below without any distractions. Ignoring the much better immersion, the "3d" part alone is not just another pre defined layer like with a tv its a complete object that you can move and look around and feel like you can reach out and touch it.

Not to mention i got terrible motion sickness with the 3d monitor even after a few seconds, whereas with the rift i have comfortably sat for hours without even a hint of any discomfort.

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