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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 23:15

AMD unveils the Hawaii-based FirePro W9100

Written by Slobodan Simic

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16GB of memory and impressive compute performance

At a press event at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, AMD unveiled the latest and newest addition to its FirePro lineup, the Hawaii-based FirePro W9100.

Based on the same Hawaii-GPU which powers the Radeon R9 290X graphics card, the FirePro W9100 packs some rather impressive compute performance punch with 2 TFLOPS of double-precision and 5TFLOPS of single-precision compute performance. With an impressive 16GB of GDDR5 memory, the FirePro W9100 also has the ability to drive up to six 4K/UHD resolution displays via six DisplayPort outputs.

AMD also could not pass an opportunity to take a stab at Nvidia's Quadro K5000 and K6000 workstation graphics card point out that the FirePro W9100 is the current workstation and compute leader with higher double-precision compute performance, more memory, higher memory bandwidth, better display output support and higher PCI-Express bandwidth.

AMD also showed a couple of benchmark results from Luxmark 2.0 and SolidWorks 2014 where the new FirePro W9100 is compared and heavily winning against both the Quadro K5000 and Quadro K6000 in both single- and multi-GPU scenarios. Raja Koduri, AMD's Graphics CTO, was also quite keen to point out that higher memory amount on the FirePro W9100 will "enable new and faster workflows in programs like SolidWorks, Maya and Adobe's Creative Cloud.

AMD also unveiled its "Ultra Workstation", which was described as "the visual supercomputer for your desk" which is based on up to two 8-core Intel Xeon E5 v2 series CPUs, 32GB or more DDR3 memory and up to 64GB of GDDR5 video memory with up to four FirePro W9100 graphics cards, which can drive 24 4K/UHD displays. This supercomputer will be available through AMD's select partners including SuperMicro, Silverdraft, Boxx Workstations and many other.

Unfortunately, AMD was not ready to talk about the price of this supercomputer let alone the price of the FirePro W9100 graphics card, so we will have to wait a bit longer to see those.

You can check out more details as well as slides from aforementioned benchmarks over at the Techreport.com.

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