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AMD Unveils FirePro W9100 Graphics Card

AMD recently launched the FirePro W9100 professional graphics card, which, it says, can enable design, engineering and video professionals to work at a new level of detail, speed and responsiveness. Calling the new FirePro its “flagship professional graphics card,” the company says that it has been designed for the next generation of 4K (ultra high-resolution) multi-display workstations accelerated by OpenCL (Open Computing Language) and offers some industry firsts.

The FirePro W9100 card provides more than 2 TFLOPS of double-precision compute power and 16GB of GDDR5 memory, said to be an industry first. With the FirePro W9100, says AMD, workstation users can multitask efficiently across up to six 4K displays, load massive assemblies and data sets to manipulate them, or edit, color-correct and layer in multiple effects to 4K video projects, all in real-time.

AMD FirePro W9100

The AMD FirePro W9100 professional graphics card. Image courtesy of AMD, Inc.

The PCIe 3.0 compliant FirePro W9100 card includes 2816 Stream processors (44 CUs); 320 GB/s memory bandwidth; 5.24 TFLOPS peak single precision; 2.62 TFLOPS peak double precision; and six Mini DisplayPort 1.2 outputs (4160 x 2160 resolution). As many as four AMD FirePro W9100 workstation graphics cards can be combined in a single desktop system.

To address the increased requirements for real-time 4K productivity, the AMD FirePro Ultra Workstation was created as a reference design with input from industry leaders to bring to market single- and multi-GPU (graphical processing units) configurations based on the new AMD FirePro W9100 that can match the demand of compute-intensive applications. AMD has validated the FirePro W9100 in accordance to HP’s Tested and Certified partner program for the HP Z820 and HP Z620 Workstations. Supporting workstation system integrators include BOXX Technologies and Supermicro as well as many others.

AMD FirePro W9100

Multiple FirePro W9100 workstation graphics cards can be combined in a single desktop system. Image courtesy of AMD, Inc.

“The new AMD FirePro W9100 professional graphics card (is) designed for the most demanding workflows in next-generation workstations,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD Graphics in a press statement. “As AMD’s flagship professional graphics card, the AMD FirePro W9100 delivers cutting-edge graphics performance, industry-leading compute power from a single GPU and is equipped with an industry-first 16GB GDDR5 of ultra-fast on-board memory – the largest frame buffer graphics card ever built. With such visual supercomputing performance, professionals can work on the most complex engineering and creative projects in ultra-high resolutions, helping them to keep track of even the smallest details.”

The FirePro W9100 is available in a full height/half-length dual-slot form factor, and it supports Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Linux (32 and 64 bit). The card will be available from Sapphire Technology, AMD FirePro Ultra workstation vendors and in the HP Z820 and Z620 workstations.

For more information about the FirePro W9100, visit AMD.

Download the AMD FirePro W9100 data sheet.

Learn more about the AMD Ultra Workstation reference design.

See why DE’s editors selected the AMD FirePro W9100 as their Pick of the Week.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

About Anthony J. Lockwood

Anthony J. Lockwood is Desktop Engineering's Editor-at-Large. Contact him via de-editors@deskeng.com.
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