AMD announces Radeon Pro drivers with scheduled releases


— 9:00 AM on October 28, 2016

The needs of a business and the needs of a consumer are very different, even when it comes to graphics cards. Gamers need their cards to run Battlefield 1 smoothly, but a graphics professional needs his card to reliably render expensive, time-consuming graphics—"reliably" being the key word there. It's with that idea in mind that AMD announced a new set of Radeon Pro drivers for enterprise users. The first release in the new series is fresh from the oven, titled "Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 16.Q4."

The drivers offer support for existing FirePro and Radeon Pro cards, as well as the upcoming Radeon Pro WX cards. AMD says the drivers will be updated on the 4th Thursday of each quarter. The drivers are certified for over 100 applications, including well-known names like Adobe Premiere and Autodesk AutoCAD, among other professional software.

The 16.Q4 release brings a few goodies to the table. Users of PTC Creo, Siemens NX, and Dassault CATIA ought to see a significant performance jump when compared to the previous AMD FirePro drivers.

The updated driver also brings support for VR and game engines like Unreal Engine and Unity. AMD says those engines are being used not just for game design, but also for things like real-time storyboarding and CAD visualization.

The Radeon Pro drivers also bear WHQL certification and support for Windows 10 Device Guard, pleasing businesses that keep a tight lockdown on software in their systems. The 16.Q4 drivers are available for download right now.

 
   
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