This week, AMD released their Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 WHQL.

Headlining this release, on the heels of the launch of the prosumer-oriented Radeon VII, AMD is introducing Radeon Pro Software compatibility for many of their consumer parts. Under the program, certain Radeon consumer cards, including R5 300, R7, and RX series products will be able to install the Radeon Pro drivers. These products, in turn will be able to access certain professional features of the Radeon Pro drivers, but lack the all-critical certifications and optimizations that typically set the Pro drivers apart. Meanwhile for the new Radeon VII, AMD has announced that support is due soon, but isn't available at lanch.

More on enterprise matters, similar to the continual push for day-0 video game support in AMD's regular Radeon Software, the company is stressing their efforts in day-0 ISV certification for professional applications. By AMD’s count, 431 application/OS/device configuration certifications are included in 19.Q1, largely covering the Radeon Pro WX series but also some FirePro cards as well. AMD also cites year-over-year improvements in CAD/workstation software, as seen in SPECviewperf 13 performance increases over Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1.

19.Q1 additionally improves AMD Remote Workstation to fully support Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, as well as bringing support for workstation wireless VR in Unreal Studio and SolidWorks eDrawings. This quarterly release also integrates Virtual Super Resolution into a professional feature called Radeon Pro Image Boost, which looks to improve image quality by scaling down an image rendered at higher than native resolution (up to 5K).

And lastly on their eGPU technology, AMD XConnect with Radeon ProRender support allows acceleration by both internal GPU and external Radeon Pro GPU for certain configurations.

Bugfixes and Resolved Issues

As expected, 19.Q1 also comes with fixes for the following issues:

  • Some color corruption issues seen in Adobe Premiere Pro with 10 bit pixel format
  • Flashing corruption issues with Adobe Photoshop
  • Issues with video playback with 10 bit pixel format
  • Radeon Pro Settings does not launch after driver install
  • "No AMD graphics driver is installed" popup error on switching from Gaming Mode to Professional Mode

Known Issues

AMD notes that Multi-GPU Eyefinity Pro on Windows 10 is only currently supported on the Radeon Pro WX 7100.

  • Some display issues may be observed While switching to latest drivers of gaming/professional mode
  • Applications using DOPP may experience some issues with Display Overlap enabled
  • Some rendering issues may be observed in a multi-display scenario with VMware while hot plugging
  • Users may encounter issues when creating compute intensive explosions with previous generation AMD FirePro products in Houdini

The updated drivers for AMD’s professional workstation GPUs are available online at the AMD’s professional graphics driver download page. More information on this update and further issues can be found in the Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 summary notes, as well as full release notes.

Source: AMD

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  • azfr - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - link

    The question is can I get EDID emulation with Pro drivers and a supported non-Pro AMD GPU, or does that fall under excluded "workstation feature set"?

    This is a feature that I just must have, but I'd really appreciate if I could get the performance of Radeon VII instead of the similarily priced Radeon Pro WX 7100.
  • nathanddrews - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - link

    Do you need it for virtualization or for headless operation? Dummy plugs can help in some situations.
  • azfr - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - link

    I need it to get a stable desktop when connected to displays that don't have reliable edid implementations and can be unplugged at any time.

    Yeah, sometimes the dongles work. Dummy plugs mostly, pass-through ones not so much... or at all. For DP and 4k60 they're practically non-existent. Those are just a huge, huge PITA to deal with.
  • ChaosFenix - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - link

    I think this is AMD's response to reading all of the reviews saying the Radeon VII is not quite a 2080 and doesn't even include the extra features for the same price. If this pushes some of the pro features down to the consumer space I am for it though. The Feature I would really want would be MXGPU. That could really boost the value proposition of the Radeon VII graphics card.
  • deksman2 - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - link

    Actually, even before RVII was released, Lisa Su was saying that the GPU is targeted towards prosumers and gamers alike.
    The GPU is an MI50 essentially with reduced FP64 performance and increased core clocks on the cheap.

    Plus, it actually consumes less than 300W on load (even though its rated up to 300W)... and it can be undervolted to surpass 2080 in efficiency.

    So, this is more usable for prosumers than necessarily gamers as prosumers are more likely to take advantage of it.
    As for the Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise release... I think that was more or less always incoming for RVII given its compute capabilities.
    Think of it as a software update that AMD probably intended to release all along (it certainly doesn't look like a last minute type of thing)
  • tormaid - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - link

    Does this mean consumer cards get 10-bit openGL support in applications like Photoshop? That would be a huge game changer.
  • nathanddrews - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - link

    AMD consumer cards already support 10-bit OGL in Adobe - they have for years. You have to manually enable it within PS/Pr/AE, etc.
  • tormaid - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - link

    I don't think this is true. That dialog option does not come up on consumer RX or GTX cards, even if you have a 10-bit monitor. You can get a sample 10-bit test ramp PSD online to test if it's really displaying true 10-bit color, though, so if you have experience with this I'd love to hear about it. Can't find anything myself about it for Polaris or Vega.
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - link

    I'd love if they had a "Pro compute" mode available. No display output, simplified driver stack and thereby somehow reducing latencies for GP-GPU. Not sure if that's feasible, though, but I heard the Tesla drivers are doing something like this.
  • auxy - Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - link

    The "One Driver" thing isn't news, they introduced that back in 2017. GG AT.

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