AMD launched its latest line of workstation graphics, leading with the AMD FirePro W9000 Graphics Processing Unit. The company also launched the AMD FirePro A300 Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for entry-level and mainstream desktop workstations.
AMD FirePro W9000 GPU
The AMD FirePro W9000 GPU features increased memory bandwidth and grea multi-display support performance. Following closely are the AMD FirePro W8000, W7000 and W5000 workstation graphics cards, all built on the AMD Graphics Core Next Architecture, and designed to balance compute and 3D workloads for computer-aided design and engineering, and for media and entertainment (M&E) professionals.
Using AMD Eyefinity technology, the AMD FirePro W9000, W8000, and W7000 GPUs can drive up to six, 30" independent displays via Multi-Stream Transport (MST) hubs for maximum workspace utilization at ultra-high 4096x2160 resolutions.
According to AMD's benchmark data, through GCN and GeometryBoost, the AMD FirePro W9000 workstation GPU delivers a record shattering 1.95 billon triangles per second.
The AMD FirePro W8000 workstation GPU, features Error Correcting Code (ECC) memory support and offers leading dual-precision compute performance, up to 2.2 times as fast as Nvidia's competing solution, AMD claims.
The AMD FirePro W7000 workstation GPU is also up to five times as fast as Nvidia's competing solution in single-precision compute performance, while the AMD FirePro W5000 workstation GPU is possibly the most powerful mid-range workstation graphics card ever created.
Additionally, these new AMD FirePro cards support PCI Express 3.0 and AMD PowerTune and AMD ZeroCore Power technologies for dynamic power management.
AMD FirePro A300 Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU)
Today AMD also launched the AMD FirePro A300 Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for entry-level and mainstream desktop workstations.
"Design professionals demand workstation-class tools that enable productivity and flexibility in their workflow, and the AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs enable workstation integrators and OEMs an exciting new computing platform on which to design and build powerful, entry-level desktop workstation configurations that deliver unbeatable value for CAD and M&E workflows," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD Graphics. "The AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs combines AMD FirePro? graphics technology with advanced CPU technology, delivering incredible compute performance, refined design flexibility and outstanding efficiency."
AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs are the first single-chip processors capable of delivering the workstation-class visual computing performance required for today's advanced professional design workflows.
AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs support AMD Eyefinity Technology for enhanced efficiency and multi-monitor productivity; AMD Turbo Core technology, where CPU and GPU performance are dynamically scaled depending on workload demands; support horizontal display resolutions of up to 10,240 x 1600 pixels; support Discrete Compute Offload (DCO), allowing additional compute capability by using discrete AMD FirePro GPUs in parallel with APU graphics for extended GPGPU performance; 30-bit color and; a dedicated UVD (universal video decoder/VCE, or video CODEC engine) media encoding hardware for faster "fixed function" GPU processing of H.264/MPEG4 files and other motion media formats when using compatible software, to free up CPU resources for other tasks.
All AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs are powered by AMD Catalyst Pro software.
The chips are effectively rebranded "quad-core" Trinity APUs with fully featured, 384 core VLIW4 Northern Islands/Cayman derived GPU. Their max GPU frequencies set at 760MHz and 800MHz for the two parts.
The new APUs will be available in systems from a number of workstation integrators starting in August of 2012. Pricing was not immediately available for AMD's FirePro A chips.