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 GPU -- a whopping 16GB of GDDR5 on a single card...
Workstation GPU War: AMD FirePro W9100 vs NVIDIA Quadro K6000
Glad to see such a solid increase in performance from AMD. Competition is what keeps rival companies honest.
Please please please include some 'consumer grade' graphics cards as a comparison...
That's not really possible. Most of these applications restrict how effectively they run on consumer hardware and neither AMD nor NV warranty or recommend such use. If an application doesn't render properly with a consumer GPU, oh well, too bad.
"Most of these applications restrict how effectively they run on consumer hardware"
...yes I know that - but from a sheer statistical numbers point of view it would be very interesting to see how 'restricted' they are.
It is great to see high levels of competition. Nvidia tends the be the superior company, they need competition to keep improving and giving us new products worth having.
I don't have a way to separate applications that flatly don't run and applications that run terribly due to limited RAM support.
I wish that the gaming industry would invest more on AMD graphics cards and work more on them rather than being almost solely Nvidia. Everytime I get an AMD card, I always get some PC guru saying "the game would work way better if you had Nvidia". The cost of the AMD is always what gets me up until recently where the performance was also fantastic. Please Gaming Industry, work with the AMD cards more.
"I'd rather have one and not need it, then need it and not have one." - Alien vs Predator
AMD is really becoming a strong competitor for nvidia. I personally love my gtx 780 ti, but I've used AMD in the past and have gotten many years of enjoyment of their products. It's truly a matter of opinion on which one is better.
PC gaming FTW! Can't wait for The Witcher 3.
I am glad to see that AMD is someone competitive in the Adobe applications now. We all love some good old competition.
Good for AMD. Like CDeeter said, strong competition will be good for all of us. I wasn't sure what the huge differences were between consumer grade GPU's and "gamer" grade. This article made things pretty clear!
Causing a reaction is not the same thing as saying something significant. - Bill Watterson
I completely agree.
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