AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 Review: Powerful, Affordable Workstation Graphics

AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 Vega-Powered Pro Graphics

Back in August, during SIGGRAPH, AMD announced the latest addition to its professional graphics card line-up, the Radeon Pro WX 8200. Like its predecessors, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 features the distinctive YInMn blue signature color of other Radeon Pro WX cards and is geared towards content creators and creative professionals. This latest addition to the line-up, however, is actually a slight step-down from the current flagship Radeon Pro WX 9100 – sort of. The two cards are both based on AMD’s Vega GPU architecture, but the core counts and memory configurations differ between the two. AMD’s goal with the Radeon Pro WX 8200 was to drive prices down, while maintaining a similar level of performance. There are a couple of additional differences between the cards as well that we’ll get to in just a moment, but for the majority of users in the pro-graphics market, the balance AMD struck with the Radeon Pro WX 8200 will likely make the card’s value proposition significantly more attractive.

Take a gander at the Radeon Pro WX 8200’s main features and specifications below and then we’ll dig in a little deeper to see how the card compares to its little brother and a couple of NVIDIA Quadros...
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AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200
Specifications & Features
GPU Architecture Vega
Lithography 14nm FinFET
Stream Processors 3584
Compute Units 56
Peak Half Precision (FP16) 21.5 TFLOPs
Peak Single Precision (FP32) 10.75 TFLOPs
Peak Double Precision (FP64) 672 GFLOPs
Memory Size 8 GB
Memory Type (GPU) HBM2
Memory Bandwidth 512 GB/s
Memory ECC Support Yes
TDP 230W
Cooling Active
Board Width Double Slot
Board Length 10.5"
Board Height Full Height
External Power Connectors 1x PCIe 6-pin, 1x PCIe 8-pin
Display Outputs 4x Mini-DisplayPort 1.4
Supported Technologies Radeon VR Ready Creator, AMD Eyefinity Technology (Professionals), Radeon ProRender, Radeon Rays, Unified Video Decoder (UVD), Video Code Engine (VCE), AMD DirectGMA Technology, S400 Synchronization Module Support
10-bit Display Color Output 10-bit Display Color Output
3D Stereo Output 3D Stereo Output

As we mentioned, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 is based on AMD’s Vega GPU architecture. As it is configured in the Radeon Pro WX 8200, the GPU sports 3,584 active stream processors (56 compute units) capable of delivering up to 10.8 teraflops of single-precision (FP32) performance, and 21.5 TFLOPs of half-precision (FP16) performance. That level of performance is just a tick behind the pricier Radeon Pro WX 9100, a higher-end workstation card that delivers 12.3 TFLOPs of FP32 and 24.6 TFLOPs of FP16 performance, but is priced significantly higher. The Radeon Pro WX 9100’s GPU is outfitted with a full complement of 4,096 stream processors, which accounts for its higher compute performance.
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The Radeon Pro WX 8200 also wields 8GB of HBM2 memory, linked to the GPU over a 2,048-bit interface, with ECC support to ensure accuracy in mission critical situations. The memory bandwidth on the card is a beefy 512GB/s, which is actually higher than the pricier WX 9100’s 484GB/s. Part of the reason for the Radeon Pro WX 9100’s higher cost is its 16GB of HBM2 memory. The 8GB on the WX 8200 obviously brings costs down by halving capacity, but it is clocked slightly higher, resulting in the increased peak memory bandwidth.

Like the other members of the Radeon Pro WX family, the 10.5” long WX 8200 is outfitted with a blower-style cooler, with an understated, but beautiful blue fan shroud that’s adorned with nothing but the card’s model number. Though some of the lower end-cards in the family are single slot, the WX 8200 is two-slots wide and it requires a pair of PCI Express power feeds – one 6-pin and one 8-pin. The card has a 230W TDP (Thermal Design Power), so those two supplemental power feeds are more than enough to keep the card humming.
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The Radeon Pro WX 8200’s display output configuration consists of a quartet of Mini-DisplayPorts (v1.4). It’s somewhat quizzical to not see any full-sized ports on a two-slot desktop GPU, but there’s no real downside, other than potentially having to use an adapter to connect up a display. Of course, the card supports AMD Eyefinity technology for multi-display setups, and can utilize all four of those outputs simultaneously. The card also offers 10-bit display color and 3D Stereo output, and it supports the S400 Synchronization Module as well. We should note that this is another area where the Radeon Pro WX 8200 differs from the WX 9100; the higher-end card has a total of five display outputs, a few of which are full sized.

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