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AMD launches FirePro APU, W Series GPUs

After AMD retiring the FireStream line-ups, the following series line-up are released:

S7000
S9000
W600
W5000
W7000
W8000
W9000
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Both series are based on Tahiti and Pitcairn GPU cores which uses GEN 3, made to support OpenCL, OpenGL and DirectX and AMD is the sole manufacturer of these cards with 3 years of warranty period. As one would expect, AMD has emphasized on power efficiency on their graphics cards. AMD uses PowerZero technology which basically reduces the power consumption up to 95% in idle by shutting down the GPU.

The FirePro W600 is a solution emphasizing on multi-screen display walls for digital billboard posters/menus, command & Control, Operation or Processor control centres, conferences, presentations, informational displays and for simulation and training. This card has overlap support for up to six projectors, maximum support of 4096 x 2304 resolution per display and uses PCIe 3.0.

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The FirePro W5000 is primarily built for 3D design professionals to do complex designs that require 1.27 TFLOPs of computing power. When it comes to performance per dollar, AMD assures that this is the best you can get, with an Eyefinity support of up to 3 displays. W7000 is made for CAD/CAE and media professionals looking out for a single slot solution that provides 2.43 TFLOPs of computing power and offers the Eyefinity support with 4 displays and GeometryBoost+ 4GB GDDR5 memory which helps to crunch details for large model rendering performance numbers.

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The AMD FirePro W8000 graphics card provides up to 3.23 TFLOPS with Eyefinity support up to 4 displays. The W9000- as AMD calls it as “Ultra High-End Juggernaut” provides 3.99 TFLOPs of computing and 6 GIGS of memory powering up the Eyefinity support of up to 6 display panels.

These cards use GCN architecture which (as AMD says) provides the industry’s fastest single and double precision compute without sacrificing graphics performance in a single card. This card also GeometryBoost.

There’s also FirePro A300 APU which are single-chip processors made specifically for entry and mainstream level workstations, providing a support of 10,240 x 1600 resolution and a dedicated universal video decoder for processing H.264/MPEG4 via GPU so that this way THE CPU is free for other tasks.

Although the prices for S series wasn’t disclosed at this time, the following prices are for W series:

ProductTarget MarketTFLOPMemory SizeMSRP
AMD FirePro™ W9000High-performance CAD engineers, media designers, digital signage professionals4 TFLOPs single precision

1 TFLOP double precision

6GB of high-speed GDDR5 memoryUSD$3,999
AMD FirePro™ W8000High-performance CAD engineers, media designers, digital signage professionals3.23 TFLOPs single precision

806 GFLOPs double precision

4GB of high-speed GDDR5 memoryUSD$1,599
AMD FirePro™ W7000Mid-range solution for CAD engineers, media designers, digital signage2.4 TFLOPs single precision

152 GFLOPs double precision

4GB of high-speed GDDR5 memoryUSD$899
AMD FirePro™ W5000Mid-range solution for CAD engineers, media designers, digital signage1.27 TFLOPs single precision

80 GFLOPs double precision

2GB of high speed GDDR5 memoryUSD$599
562
ModelW600
Stream ProcessorsNA
Texture UnitsNA
Core ClockNA
Memory ClockNA
VRAM2GB GDDR5
Output ConnectivitySix Mini Display Port
API and OS Support■ OpenGL 4.2
■ DirectX® 11 (including DirectCompute)
■ OpenCL™1.2
■ Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows
Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8,
Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2
SP1, Microsoft Windows Server® 2012
and Linux®
(32-bit or 64-bit)
Power Consumption and Form Factor■ Max. Power Consumption: 75W
■ Single Slot; Full Height, Half Length
Minimum RequirementsSingle PCIe® x16 lane; 3.0 for optimal performance
> 256MB system memory
> Internet access for software installation
> 350 watts or greater power supply with 75 watts available for the graphics adapter
■ Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8,
Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2
SP1, Microsoft Windows Server® 2012
and Linux® (32-bit or 64-bit)
Warranty3 Years
PriceUS $599/ Rs. 45,000/-
S7000_Front_5x5S9000_Front_trans_10x10
ModelS7000S9000
Stream Processors12801792
Texture Units80112
Core Clock700MHz900MHz
Memory Clock4.8GHz GDDR55.5GHz GDDR5
VRAM■ 4GB GDDR5 memory
■ 256-bit, 154 GB/s bandwidth
■ 6GB GDDR5 memory
■ 384-bit, 264 GB/s bandwidth
Output Connectivity■ Features single DisplayPort connector
■ One Display Port to DVI (single link) adapter
■ Features single Display Port connector
■ One Display Port to DVI (single link) adapter
API and OS Support■ OpenGL 4.2
■ DirectX® 11 (including DirectCompute)
■ OpenCL™1.2
■ Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows
Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8,
Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2
SP1, Microsoft Windows Server® 2012
and Linux®
(32-bit or 64-bit)
■ OpenGL 4.2
DirectX® 11 (including DirectCompute)
OpenCL™1.2
■ Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows
Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8,
Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2
SP1, Microsoft Windows Server® 2012
and Linux®
(32-bit or 64-bit)
Power Consumption and Form Factor■ TDP: 150W
■ Dual-slot, PCIe® 3.0 x16 bus interface
■ Full height / full length form factor
(with retention bracket, 11″ without)
■  TDP: 225W
■ Dual-slot, PCIe® 3.0 x16 bus interface
■ Full height / full length form factor
Minimum Requirements10 CFM airflow cooling
■ 2GB of system memory
■ Power supply plus one 2×3 (6-pin)
AUX power connector
■ Available PCIe® x16 3.0 for optimal performance
■ Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows
Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8,
Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2
SP1, Microsoft Windows Server® 2012
and Linux® (32-bit or 64-bit)
■ 10 CFM airflow cooling
■ 2GB of system memory
■ Power supply plus one 2×4 (8-pin)
■  Available PCIe® x16 (dual slot) 3.0 for optimal performance
■ Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows
Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8,
Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2
SP1, Microsoft Windows Server® 2012
and Linux® (32-bit or 64-bit)
Warranty3 Years3 Years
PriceUS $1,249/ Rs. 1,00,000US $2,499/Rs. 1,95,000
W5000w7000
ModelW5000W7000
Stream Processors7681280
Texture Units4880
Core Clock825MHz950MHz
Memory Clock3.2GHz GDDR54.8GHz GDDR5
VRAM2GB GDDR54GB GDDR5
Output Connectivity■ 2x Display Port 1.2 outputs
■ 1x Dual-link DVI-I output
■ Additional DVI (single link and dual link) display support via Display Port to DVI
adaptor
■ Independent multi-monitor resolution and
refresh rate selection
■ VGA analog support
■ 4x Display Port 1.2 outputs
■ DVI (single link and dual link) display support via Display Port to DVI adaptors
■ Independent multi-monitor resolution and
refresh rate selection
■ VGA analog support
API and OS Support■ OpenGL® 4.2 with OpenGL
Shading Language
■ OpenCL 1.1
■ Microsoft® DirectX® 11.1
■ Windows® 7, Windows XP, Windows XP 64,
Windows Vista and Windows Vista64
■ Linux® 32 and Linux 64
■ OpenGL® 4.2 with OpenGL
Shading Language
■ OpenCL 1.1
■ Microsoft® DirectX® 11.1
■ Windows® 7, Windows XP, Windows XP64,
Windows Vista and Windows Vista64
■ Linux® 32 and Linux 64
Power Consumption75W150W
Minimum Requirements■ 1x PCI® Express x16 (single slot)
■ Windows® 7 / XP / Windows Vista®
or Linux® (32-bit or 64-bit)
■ 512MB of system memory
■ Internet connection for driver installation
■ 1 x PCI® Express x16 (single slot)
■ Windows® 7 / XP / Windows Vista®
or Linux® (32-bit or 64-bit)
■ 512MB of system memory
■  Internet connection for driver installation
Warranty3 Years3 Years
PriceUS $599/ Rs. 45,000US$ 899 Rs/ Rs. 69,000
W8000_FrntW9000_Frnt
ModelW8000W9000
Stream Processors17922048
Texture Units112128
Core Clock900MHz975MHz
Memory Clock5.5GHz GDDR55.5GHz GDDR5
VRAM4GB GDDR56GB GDDR5
Output Connectivity■ DVI (single link and dual link)
display support
■ Independent multi-monitor resolution
and refresh rate selection
■ VGA analog support
■ 6 x Mini DisplayPort 1.2 outputs
■ Independent multi-monitor resolution
and refresh rate selection
■ VGA analog support
API and OS Support■ OpenGL® 4.2 with OpenGL
Shading Language
■ OpenCL 1.1
■ Microsoft® DirectX® 11.1
■ Windows® 7, Windows XP, Windows XP 64,
Windows Vista and Windows Vista64
■ Linux® 32 and Linux 64
■ OpenGL® 4.2 with OpenGL
Shading Language
■ OpenCL 1.1
■ Microsoft® DirectX® 11.1
■ Windows® 7, Windows XP, Windows XP 64,
Windows Vista and Windows Vista64
■ Linux® 32 and Linux 64
Power Consumption189W225W
Minimum Requirements■ 1 x PCI® Express x16 (dual slot)
■ 2 x PCIe AUX power connector (6-pin)
■ Windows® 7 / XP / Windows Vista® or Linux®(32-bit or 64-bit)
■  512MB of system memory
■ Internet connection for driver installation
■ 1 x PCI® Express x16 (dual slot)
■ 1 x PCIe AUX power connector
(8-pin) + 1 x PCIe AUX power
connector (6-pin)
■ Windows® 7 / XP / Windows Vista®
or Linux® (32-bit or 64-bit)
■ 512MB of system memory
■ Internet connection for driver installation
Warranty3 Years3 Years
PriceUS $1,599/ Rs. 1,28,000US$3,999/ Rs. 3,00,000

Edit (09-11-12): Curiosity creeps in when you start noticing things- such as the price difference for W9000 between USD and INR. If you convert $3,999 to INR with a value of Rs. 56/-, Rs. 2,23,944- about $1,358/ Rs. 76,056. Although these are MRP, that’s a very large amount for an MRP.

Also, the test bed system used Intel setups in them to run the card at full capacity. W5000- the card that AMD is trying to push ahead- uses a system built with Intel 2600K, 16Gigs 1866 G Skill Vengeance kits and Asus ROG Maximum 4 Gene motherboard. One would imagine- that a company who makes CPUs/APUs/GPUs and introduced a Firepro card like this, they would release a processor which can match 2600K on stock/OC with regards to Single threaded performance.

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