AMD introduces FirePro W9100 workstation graphics card

AMD introduces FirePro W9100 workstation graphics card

Summary: The board adds the Hawaii GPU and 16GB of video RAM to handle up to a half-dozen 4K monitors simultaneously, but no pricing has been announced.

TOPICS: Hardware, PCs

At $3,999, AMD's FirePro W9000 was already the high end for the company's family of workstation graphics cards. But with the recent introduction of the Hawaii GPU to the Radeon R9 series of consumer boards, it was only a matter of time before joined the pro circuit.

That comes with the FirePro W9100, which hasn't been fully detailed by AMD, but we know enough to glean some important differences from its predecessor. The obvious starter is the upgrade at GPU from the previous Tahiti chip -- the number of stream processor will increase from 2,048 to 2,816 and the number of texture units will rise from 128 to 176.

The Hawaii GPU also takes advantage of version 1.1 of AMD's Graphics Core Next architecture, boosts the number of Asynchronous Compute Engines (ACEs) from two to eight, and adds 10GB more of video RAM to make the total a sizeable 16GB. AMD claims that it all adds up to multiple teraflops of computing power, along with the ability to handle up to six 4K monitors.

With the launch of the W9100, the company is also taking the opportunity to introduce the FirePro workstation certification program. Dubbing it a "visual supercomputer for your desk," AMD is looking for manufacturers to produce systems with up to two 8-core CPUs, a minimum of 32GB of RAM, and up to four W9100 cards. Depending on the configuration, the workstation will fall into either the CAD/digital content creation tier, digital video editing tier, or 4K color collection tier.

AMD will reveal the remaining specs for the FirePro W9100 next month, presumably including price. Since it's an upgrade on the W9000, expect a corresponding increase in cost.

[Via AnandTech

Topics: Hardware, PCs

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  • That's Nothing

    The Mac Book Pro will run circles around this!
    • From what I've read

      The mac pro top spec d700's are w9000 tahiti 6gb cards. Which this replaces. So yes a mac pro with two will outperform one of these.
      • The problem with the new Mac Pro is...

        ...the need for a custom fit card. In the previous generation software was the only difference. IMO Apple should have continued to offer a system with expansion along the lines of the previous generation.
        • Ergo

          a Windows PC with two of these in SLI makes the Mac Book Pro obsolete. That didn't take long!
          • Technically true

            But cost inefficient given that the top spec mac pro is around $2000 cheaper than build your own due to apple not paying retail.

            Any machine stops being the top with a few months. What's to figure is if the rather hefty ram boost on these cards is worth the extra $2000 plus whatever the price up on these is.

            For some it will be worth it, for others not. Either way these will be yesterday's best pretty soon.
          • SLI

            Well considering Ati dont do SLI, i would find your assumption laughable. Maybe you think CrossFire would be more suited with 2 X W9000