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It has been almost two years since AMD launched the FirePro W9000 and kicked off a new battle in the workstation GPU wars. Today, we're reviewing the company's FirePro W9100 -- a new card based on the same Hawaii-class GPU as the desktop R9 290 and R9 290X, but aimed at the workstation market and professional consumers. Does AMD's new card have what it takes to seize the professional performance crown? The W9100 is a full Hawaii GPU with 2,816 stream processors, 320GB/s of memory bandwidth, and six mini-DisplayPorts, all of which support DP1.2 and 4K output. It carries more RAM than any other AMD... Read more...
It has been almost two years since AMD launched the FirePro W9000 and kicked off a new battle in the workstation GPU wars. Today, we're reviewing the company's FirePro W9100 -- a new card based on the same Hawaii-class GPU as the desktop R9 290 and R9 290X, but aimed at the workstation market and professional consumers. Does AMD's new card have what it takes to seize the professional performance crown? The W9100 is a full Hawaii GPU with 2,816 stream processors, 320GB/s of memory bandwidth, and six mini-DisplayPorts, all of which support DP1.2 and 4K output. It carries more RAM than... Read more...
After AMD launched its Hawaii-based R9 290 and R9 290X last fall, it was only a matter of time before the company followed up with a new set of workstation cards. Today, it's rolling out the FirePro W9100 -- a new, R9 290X-based workstation GPU that slots in just above the older W9000. Matt Skynner, VP and GM of AMD's graphics business, introduced the new product offering along with discussion from David Cummings, AMD Senior Director of Pro Graphics and Raja Koduri, Corporate Vice President of Visual Computing.  This new FirePro supports up to six monitors via DisplayPort, 44 compute units... Read more...
AMD has released its annual earnings report, and the news for the chipmaker is mixed but looking up. For the year, AMD saw revenue drop 2% from 2012 (from $5.42 billion to $5.3 billion), but the company had a solid fourth quarter in 2013 with $1.59 billion revenue which marked a 38% year-over-year jump from 2012. Much of that revenue came from sales of Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. (Lest anyone forget that both of those very popular consoles run on AMD semi-custom hardware, that was a big win for the company.) AMD says that altogether, the Microsoft and Sony sold 7... Read more...
Apple’s intriguing cylindrical Mac Pro will be available for purchase starting tomorrow. The black trash can-looking computer is a stark departure from the norm in terms of form factor, and despite its many high-end components, the premier feature is the Mac Pro’s unified thermal core that uses a single fan to push all the hot air generated by said components up and out. The chassis is surprisingly miniscule, measuring 9.9 inches tall, but the diminutive size belies serious hardware inside. The Mac Pro boasts 4-, 6-, 8-, or 12-core Intel Xeon processors; dual workstation-class AMD FirePro... Read more...
In addition to Apple’s announcement of the iPad Air (holy cow, that thing is slim), the company talked up the innovative, cylinder-shaped Mac Pro that we heard about during Apple’s WWDC back in June. The Mac Pro’s premier feature is its “unified thermal core”, which is a shorthand way of describing its overall design with all of the components facing inward and the heat dissipation working vertically, all aided by a single bottom-mounted intake fan. Running on up to a 12-core Intel Xeon processor (with 3.9GHz Turbo), the Mac Pro boasts dual AMD FirePro GPUs (up to... Read more...
While Adobe is busily showing off its latest and greatest wares at NAB 2013 this week, AMD is banging the drum for the major upgrades that it helped bake into the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro software. While Mac users have of late enjoyed the graphical power of OpenCL with either NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards, Windows users were forced to use NVIDIA’s CUDA only. Now, however, AMD and Adobe have enabled OpenCL support on Windows systems with AMD APUs and GPUs. “Our customers require powerful systems that enable them to work quickly and efficiently. While we already support OpenCL... Read more...
For nearly three years, Nvidia's Quadro line has relied on GF100 hardware. These cards, based on the original Fermi / GTX 480 architecture, have grown increasingly long in the tooth. NV launched new high-end parts a year ago, with the K6000 and K5000, but left the other cards mostly alone. Today, that changes. The Quadro K4000, K2000, 2000D (the same card, but with dual-DVI instead of DVI + DisplayPort, and K600 are the new entrants in the Quadro line, replacing the 4000, 2000, and 600 respectively. The upgrades are significant. The K4000 is a 768-core GPU with 3GB of DDR5 and an 80W TDP, as compared... Read more...
AMD has announced a new FirePro graphics card at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis conference today (hereafter abbreviated as SC12). It's aimed at server workloads and data center deployments, but it's also the most powerful GPU Sunnyvale has ever deployed, bar none. Rumors of a dual-core Radeon 7990 have floated around since before the HD 7000 series actually debuted, but this is the first time we've seen such a card in the wild. Say hello to the S10000. How does this card fit into AMD's product roadmap? That's a bit complicated. Nvidia... Read more...
A few weeks ago, in early August, AMD launched a new line of FirePro cards aimed at the high end of the workstation market. Today, it's introducing a new product family focused on server virtualization and thin client functionality. The idea here is that the entire desktop environment is stored in a central server and accessed via thin-client. There's nothing new about that basic model, but both AMD and Nvidia have put an increasing amount of emphasis on the idea of dropping a physical GPU or GPUs into the server as well. Microsoft's Remote FX, introduced in Windows Server 2008 and refined for... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and Half Geeks, Iyaz, Dave and Marco chat about AMD’s new FirePro W9000 and W8000 Professional Graphics cards, Corsair’s innovative AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply, Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, the Windows 8 RTM, and general direction of desktop operating systems, the ASRock Vision 3D 252B Home Theater PC with NVIDIA 3DTV Play and details of our contest going on now where you could win a killer “All Corsair” Powered Gaming PC! Show Notes: 01:18 - AMD FirePro W8000, W9000 Challenge Nvidia's Quadro 08:33 - Corsair AX1200i... Read more...
As of today, AMD has a new set of high-end professional GPUs available -- and a new shot at the professional GPU crown. It's a move the company hopes will allow it to take a greater share of the professional 3D business. AMD's battle against Nvidia in the professional graphics market is similar to the company's struggles against Intel ten years ago. In both cases, initial AMD gains have been partly reversed; Jon Peddie Research estimates that AMD now holds just 15% of the professional market, down from 18.4% six months ago. The new W9000 and W8000 cards we're reviewing today are replacements for... Read more...
New GPUs are a dime a dozen these days, but GPUs made expressly for professionals are certainly harder to come by. Today, AMD is addressing that concern by launching the world's most powerful workstation graphics line -- or so it says. The new FirePro W9000, W8000, W7000 and W5000 cards are engineered specifically for graphic professionals, aimed at the workstation market instead of the consumer gaming market. Essentially, these guys are built to crank through CAD calculations, Maya models or any other advanced computational programs. Using AMD's own Eyefinity technology, these GPUs can drive up... Read more...
As of today, AMD has a new set of high-end professional GPUs available -- and a new shot at the professional GPU crown. It's a move the company hopes will allow it to take a greater share of the professional 3D business. AMD's battle against Nvidia in the professional graphics market is similar to the company's struggles against Intel ten years ago. In both cases, initial AMD gains have been partly reversed; Jon Peddie Research estimates that AMD now holds just 15% of the professional market, down from 18.4% six months ago. Nvidia, meanwhile, has been largely idle. The company's high-end parts,... Read more...
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