AMD Unveils 32GB FirePro W9100 Graphics Card

With 8Gb GDDR5 modules becoming ever more abundant, AMD and Nvidia have the opportunity to increase the amount of VRAM without having to bump the memory bandwidth. While 8Gb may be well enough for gaming purposes for now, the same doesn’t hold true for professional users. In light of this, AMD has updated their FirePro W9100 workstation graphics card with a 32GB variant.

Due to the large memory bus on the Hawaii chip, FirePro cards had held the top VRAM buffer size with their 16GB W9100 for quite a while. Nvidia only recently triumphed with the 24GB Quadro M6000 which was only possible with 8Gb modules. With the 32GB card, AMD has reclaimed their capacity crown, maintaining their lead in terms of both compute performance and highest VRAM size. Except for the $1000 higher price tag, the W9100 32GB is the same as the 16GB variant.

With both AMD and Nvidia choosing to lead into the new generation with lower end cards, we may see the W9100 and M6000 stick around for a while yet. With Nvidia making compute a priority again with Pascal, it remains to see who will win the enterprise and professional market for the next generation, but AMD has undoubtedly clinched the victory for 28nm.

AMD Radeon Pro Duo Launch Date Revealed?

AMD’s answer to the Titan lineup, the Radeon Pro Duo was first revealed last month at AMD’s Capsaicin event. Navigating a line fine line between the Radeon and FirePro lineups, the new graphics cards combines two of AMD’s top end Fiji GPUs. According to VideoCardz, we may see the first Radeon Pro Duos out in the wild sooner than expected. The chip will launch in just a couple of weeks on April 29th.

The Radeon Pro Duo features a pair of 28 nm Fiji GPUs, with two sets of 4,096 stream processors, 256 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and 4 GB of 4096-bit HBM memory. This means a total of 8192 stream processors, 512 TMUs , 128 ROPs and 8GB of HBM1. While the price is a hefty $1499, you do get a very nice custom Cooler Master water cooler with it. Peak performance is a high 16TFLOPS which is still 4.4TFLOPS more than Nvidia’s Tesla P100.

From AMD’s internal benchmarks of 3DMark, the Radeon Pro Duo should smash any other card on the market by a significant margin. Games, however, tend to be more fickle and the Radeon Pro Duo does rely on CrossFire for much of its performance. Given the many issues plaguing SLI and CrossFire this year, it will be interesting to see real world performance once the card becomes available.

AMD Snags Nvidia Supercomputer Client With FirePro & GPUOpen

When AMD revealed their GPUOpen and Boltzmann Initiative, it seemed like a last-ditch effort to get back some GPU computing and enterprise marketshare. Nvidia had struck first with CUDA and because of its success, many GPU computing platforms have largely been based on CUDA, with OpenCL lagging behind. With the Boltzmann Initiative AMD hoped to steal some Nvidia CUDA customers and they’ve just snagged a big one with their FirePro GPUs.

In partnerships with AMD, CGG, a geoscience company working on gas, oil and resource mining simulations switched over from a full CUDA platform to one entirely based on OpenCL and compatible with AMD. What’s more, they dropped all of their existing Nvidia GPUs and upgraded to FirePro S9150’s based on Hawaii (290X/390X). With the recent changes in graphics architecture, AMD has led in terms of computing with GCN especially shining in this regard.

With one major conversion under their belt, AMD now has a great example to show off to other potential customers. With HIP, up to 90% of CUDA code can be ported without any extra developer input and it looks like the befits of moving to AMD’s platform are worth the 10% of work. Hopefully, AMD will continue to score more enterprise wins, a market which they haven’t done as a well in for a while, and it is incredibly lucrative.

First Virtualized GPU Shown Off by AMD

AMD have just revealed what is claimed to be the world’s first hardware virtualized GPU devices, the AMD FirePro S-Series GPUs which supports Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology. These currently take the form of the AMD FirePro S7150 and S7150 x2, with the latter card reportedly able to handle as many as 32 concurrent users with its 16GB of onboard GDDR5 memory. The aim of these and future FirePro S-Series cards is to provide virtualized remote GPU offerings for workstations, cloud gaming, cloud computing and virtual desktop environments.

Virtualization is a very common and useful technology. Able to deliver the power of workstation PCs remotely to even weak machines it is often used to provide optimal user experiences to those requiring high amounts of processing power without every user requiring their own powerful machine. Many of the resources used by the modern computer have been virtualised so far, from CPU to memory and storage devices, but until now, the GPU has remained off the list, until now. Sean Burke, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD said: “we created the innovative AMD FirePro S-series GPUs to deliver a precise, secure, high performance and enriched graphics user experience– all provided without per user licensing fees required to use AMD’s virtualized solution.”

Reportedly able to handle virtualized support for common graphics APIs such as OpenGL and DirectX, as well as GPU computing APIs like OpenCL, to numerous simultaneous users, while also protecting the data of each virtual machine from being shared through hardware-enforced memory isolation logic, the FirePro S-Series looks to be set to change the game in virtualized computing. Often, GPU intensive tasks like Computer Aided Design (CAD) and high-resolution image and video editing required each workstation to have its own powerful discrete GPU, virtualizing GPUs would allow greater price-per-dollar for companies routinely needing that level of graphical processing power.

Based on AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture to optimize utilization and maximize performance, the AMD FirePro S7150 and S7150 x2 server GPUs feature:

  • AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology to enable consistent, predictable and secure performance from virtualized workstations with the world’s first hardware-based virtualized GPU products to enable users with workstation-class experiences matched with full ISV certifications.
  • GDDR5 GPU Memory to help accelerate applications and process computationally complex workflows with ease.
  • Error Correcting Code (ECC) Memory to ensure the accuracy of computations by correcting any single or double bit error as a result of naturally occurring background radiation.
  • OpenCL 2.0 support to help professionals tap into the parallel computing power of modern GPUs and multicore CPUs to accelerate compute-intensive tasks in leading CAD/CAM/CAE and Media & Entertainment applications that support OpenCL allowing developers to take advantage of new GPU features.
  • AMD PowerTune is an intelligent power management system that monitors both GPU activity and power draw. AMD PowerTune optimizes the GPU to deliver low power draw when GPU workloads do not demand full activity and delivers the optimal clock speed to ensure the highest possible performance within the GPU’s power budget for high-intensity workloads.

These GPUs are expected to be available from server technology providers from as soon as the first half of 2016 and for an early taste of the power these cards provide, a Dell server has been exhibiting AMD FirePro S-Series GPU at SolidWorks World 2016 in Dallas. It is interesting to see how the ability to virtualize the GPU will change the game in the graphics marketplace, with the possibility of high-quality cloud gaming perhaps being closer than we think.

AMD Unveils FirePro W4300 Low-Profile Graphics Card

AMD just unveiled a new family member to the FirePro workstation graphics card series, the new AMD FirePro W4300 low-profile graphics card that will be perfect for small form factor CAD workstations.

The AMD FirePro W4300 card features 4GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit memory interface and with a bandwidth up to 96GB/s. The card’s 12 compute units come in with 768 stream processors and a 1.43 TFLOPS peak single precision floating point performance. There is support for all the latest standards such as DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 2.0, AMD Mantle, and Shader Model: 5.0.

The card has a maximum power consumption that is less than 50W, which is perfect for SFF builds. The cooling is quite discreet as it only features a single small fan, then again, with a low power consumption we don’t need that much cooling.

The AMD FirePro W4300 professional graphics card is optimized for the latest CAD applications including Autodesk AutoCAD, Inventor as well as Revit, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks and CATIA, PTC Creo, Siemens NX, and many more. Engineering professionals can efficiently work with large geometry-intense models and apply GPU-accelerated features in their projects, such as the new Order Independent Transparency (OIT) mode supported in SOLIDWORKS.

The FirePro W4300 has four Mini-DisplayPort outputs with 1.2a support including Adaptive-Sync and HBR2 for a maximum resolution up to 4096×2160. The card only has four ports, but it does support up to six monitors with the use of MST hubs and similar extra hardware.

“We designed the AMD FirePro W4300 specifically for CAD,” said Sean Burke, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “CAD users rely on AMD FirePro graphics cards to enable their application features to best visualize their designs, and now can continue to do so without having to compromise by using the latest energy efficient, small form factor workstations.”

Feature Highlights:

  • 4GB GDDR5 GPU memory for large projects helping to improve workflow application responsiveness.
  • AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology that allows the use of up to six ultra-high resolution displays, helping users to multitask across multiple applications and displays with ease.
  • Four DisplayPort 1.2a connections standard (with support for up to six DisplayPort monitors via MST-enabled hub) and AMD FreeSync technology3 that enables GPU control of the display refresh rate for tear-free display updates, critical for media and entertainment applications and workflows.
  • OpenCL 2.0 support enabling developers to take advantage of new features that give GPUs more freedom to do the work they are designed to do.
  • Unique power monitoring and management technologies plus the maximum power consumption of 50W in a low-profile form factor. AMD PowerTune technology4 dynamically optimizes GPU power usage and AMD ZeroCore Power technology4 significantly reduces power consumption at idle.
  • Certification on more than 100 different applications for improved performance and reliability, including the most popular design and engineering and media and entertainment applications. AMD FirePro professional graphics drivers are released several times each year and include performance and feature improvements.

The AMD FirePro W4300 professional graphics card is currently in production with an unspecified release set for sometime during 2016.

Panasonic Releases 20-Inch Sized 4K Toughpad Tablet

When it comes down to it, a tablet is really just a laptop without a keyboard and a laptop is just an all-in-one PC with a battery. With that in mind, there is no reason why a tablet shouldn’t come in big sizes and with big power. Panasonic’s new Toughpad FZ-Y1 is both a large one and a powerful one that shouldn’t be discarded for going out of the norm.

The new Toughpad is designed for CAD designers among others and it is ready for one of the market-leading apps in this area, Solidworks. To back such a need, the Touchpad FZ-Y1 features a 5th generation Intel Core i7-5600U vPro processor with 2.6GHz base clock and a 3.2GHz Turbo. It is paired with an AMD FirePro M5100 graphics card and 16GB RAM. The storage space starts with a 256GB SSD and an optional 512GB upgrade is also available.

The display is a 20-inch IPS multi-touch that can recognize up to 10 fingers simultaneously and display 3840 x 2560 pixels. The 230 ppi and 15:10 aspect ratio should make the Toughpad tablet ideal for viewing and working with A3 size plans and designs. Touch isn’t always the most precise input and you can also get the optional Electronic Touch Pen that offers the ability to draw and make free-hand notes on the device with the freedom and creativity of pen and paper.

The Toughpad FZ-Y1 has plenty of connection options with USB 3.0, Gigabit LAN, HDMI 2.0 INPUT (support HDCP2.2), Mini DisplayPortTM Output and Docking connector. It naturally also features wireless connectivity through Bluetooth and WLAN and comes with a built-in HD Webcam, microphone, and speakers. The installed OS is Windows 10 that optionally can be downgraded to Windows 7 professional, allowing more people to integrate it into their current business infrastructure.

You might already have guessed that such a tablet won’t come cheap, and you are absolutely right here. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-Y1 starts at £3180 without VAT and it will be available at the end of December this year.

New Dell Precision Mobile Workstations Come With AMD FirePro Mobile GPUs

AMD might be in the process of restructuring their business and employees, but we shouldn’t forget the great products that they have on the market and are bringing to the market right now. AMD announced that Dell’s new Precision 3510, 7510, and 7710 mobile workstations are powered by AMD’s FirePro mobile GPUs to give you all the power that you need while on the go. With AMD FirePro W7170M, W5170M, and W5130M professional graphics, you got a powerful and reliable platform for advanced Computer-Aided Design, Computer-Aided Manufacturing, and Computer-Aided Engineering software.

AMD’s FirePro graphics cards pack quite the punch. The FirePro W7170m comes with an engine clock of 723 MHz, 4GB GDDR5 memory that runs at 1250MHz for a bandwidth of 160GB/s. It has a single precision compute throughput of 2960 GFLOPS and 185 GFLOPS double precision. The memory runs on a 256-bit interface and it is fully DirectX 12 compatible.

The FirePro W5170M and W5130M aren’t quite as powerful, but still impressive on their own. Both have an engine clock of 925 MHz and up to 2GB GDDR5 memory that runs at 1GHz and on a 128-bit interface. The W5130M has up to 64GB/s memory bandwidth and the W5170M is a little faster with up to 72 GB/s bandwidth. When it comes to peak precision compute throughput, the W5130M does up to 950 GFLOPS single and 59.4 GFLOPS double while the W5170 does 1180 GFLOPS single and 73.8 GFLOPS double.

The other hardware in the Dell Precision mobile workstations isn’t without either. Up to 4TB of storage, Intel Xeon processors, and 64GB of RAM are just some of them. The 7710 is a 17-inch notebook while the other two come with 15-inch screens. The Dell Precision 7710, 7510, and 3510 will set you back about $1,699 7710 (about £1,123), at $1,199 (about £792) and $999 (about £660) respectively

BOXX Introduces the World’s Smallest Overclocked Workstation

When we think small and compact systems, we usually think in the direction of HTPCs or low-powered LAN rigs, but there are a lot more possibilities with today’s hardware and BOXX proves that with their impressive new and very compact workstation dubbed the APEXX 1.

The APEXX 1 is the smallest workstation coming from BOXX and it packs quite an impressive punch for its tiny measurements. It is less than 5 inches wide, 8.5 inches tall, and 9 inches deep, which has been achieved thanks to the in-house developed and built chassis.

There are two new models available in the APEXX series, the first is i7 based and the second is Xeon based. The i7 systems features an 8-core CPU overclocked to 4GHz and up to 32GB DDR4 memory while the Xeon E5 model comes with up to 18 cores and up to 64GB DDR4 memory. Overclocked Skylake models will be available at the end of the month too.

When it comes to the graphics card used, you got the choice between both of the two rivals in the workstation market. Whether you need an NVIDIA Quadro or an AMD FirePro graphics card, you can get both.

The system is using a duality of liquid cooling as well as a blower fan to provide optimal cooling for the entire system. An important aspect in such a tiny system and especially considering the power that these systems pack. The closed-loop AIO cooler is maintenance free as we’re used to and the system doesn’t require any more than a little de-dusting now and then.

Storage wise you can get the best of the best too. You can go with an optional M.2 PCI-Express NVMe drive or use the two dual 2.5-inch bays for more traditional SATA3 drives such as SSDs and HDDs. Although I don’t know who would put a mechanical drive in a beautiful and modern system like this.

There are plenty of USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 ports available so you can attach all the external storage that you want. It also features eSATA, USB 2.0, and a dual PS2 connector. Gigabit Ethernet is also present and so is a 7.1 channel sound card with S/PDIF Out. The PSU is external and is among the reasons why this system can be so tiny despite its power.

If one system shouldn’t be enough for your workplace or you need extra rendering power, then you can easily stack these system thanks to the four bumpers available when placed on its side. The upcoming renderPRO 1 can also be stacked right on top and it fits like a glove.

The system comes with either Windows or Linux and it is backed by a 3-year warranty, one year of 24/7 phone support and next business day onsite service for US and Canadian customers. The price will depend on your configuration and model of the APEXX 1, but I have no doubt that it will be worth it.

AMD Announces New Multiuser GPU Platform

With the increasing trend of thin clients and lower-powered user machines, the cloud and virtual machines are taking on an ever more important role. In order to supply users with graphics and compute power even when they are using thin clients, Nvidia introduced their GRID hardware virtualization and cloud gaming service. Now AMD is jumping into the game with their own Multiuser GPU solution.

For now, it looks like AMD is focusing on the hardware virtualization side of things. With the top end card, AMD is allowing up to 15 users per card. This means the GPU is being shared between up to 15 users. Of course, this is for lighter loads, with heavier loads requiring fewer and fewer simultaneous users. Virtualization will also be done on a hardware level, with users being able to access most of the usual features with OpenCL, OpenGL and DirectX acceleration.

AMD’s announcement comes as Nvidia is also refreshing their platform with GRID 2.0. With Nvidia having already carved out their turf, it will be interesting to see how AMD will attempt to move in. Good news for AMD is that it appears that some FirePro cards will support Multiuser while GRID 2.0 requires different cards. This means for FirePro users, it may be an easy switch to enable multiple users. With true hardware virtualization support though, AMD may be able to snag some much needed marketshare before the market gets saturated.

AMD Announces New FirePro S9170 Server GPU

AMD might just have released their latest Radeon branded graphics cards, but that isn’t the only upgrade they have in stock for us. Today they are releasing the new FirePro S9170 server GPU with an industry-leading 32GB memory for high-performance compute.

The server card is designed for DGEMM heavy double-precision workloads and with support for OpenCL 2.0. It is based on the second-generation AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPU architecture and this new monster is able to deliver up to 5.24 TFLOPS of peak single precision compute performance while enabling full throughput double precision performance, up to 2.62 TFLOPS of peak double precision performance. That is some serious performance.

FirePro graphics cards aren’t something for gamers and if you came here to find an amazing game card, then you’ll be disappointed. GPUs are great with parallel workloads and can be used to offload those tasks from the CPU and achieve a great performance per watt. In fact, AMD is the market leader in that field and are ranked number 1 in Green when counting performance per watt.

The new AMD FirePro S9170 isn’t a replacement for the S9150 but rather thought as a complimentary card for those who need that extra memory to solve those extra big problems. It is the new flagship of server graphics cards and comes with ECC support.

We don’t find the new HBM memory here, which is a given due to the amount and HBM’s current limitation. Instead, it is the good old and well-performing GDDR5 that is used. The card is passive cooled and requires an airflow of 20 cubic meters per minute – which any current server setup should deliver. Users shouldn’t experience any thermal restrictions or throttling if cooled according to specifications.

The GPU clock of the S9170 got a slight boost over the S9150 and it now runs at 930MHz vs the old 900MHz. Shipments are scheduled for Q3 2015 and the street price will be slightly higher than the current S9150.

  • Passively cooled solution for server environments
  • AMD Graphics Core Next architecture
  • 2,816 stream processors (44 compute units)
  • 5.24 TFLOPS peak single-precision floating point
  • 2.62 TFLOPS peak double-precision floating point
  • Full throughput double-precision
  • Error-correcting code memory support (external only)
  • 32GB ultrafast GDDR5 memory
  • 512-bit memory interface
  • Up to 320GB/s memory bandwidth
  • 275W maximum power consumption
  • Support for SMBus temperature reporting at boot-up
  • AMD PowerTune technology3
  • AMD STREAM technology4
  • OpenCL, OpenGL support
  • PCIe® x16 bus interface, PCIe 3.0 compliant
  • Full-height/full-length dual-slot form factor
  • Headless display support
  • Linux OS support (64- and 32-bit)
  •  FCC, CE, C-Tick, BSMI, KCC, UL, VCCI, RoHS, and WEEE compliance
  • Designed, built, and tested by AMD
  • Planned minimum three-year life cycle
  • Limited three-year warranty

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.7.9 Released

TechPowerUp has just release the latest version of their GPU-Z, thep popular PC graphics information, monitoring and diagnostics utility that helps you with up to date information on your installed graphics hardware. The new version adds support for several new GPU’s and fixed various bugs.

The list of newly supported GPU’s starts with the new AMD “Tonga”  GPU we showed you images of earlier today in for of the Radeon R9 285. But also the Radeon R9 M275X, FirePro W5100, W9100; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 6 GB, GTX 860M, GT 830M, GTX 780M, GT 740, GT 730, GT 720, Quadro NVS 510, FX 380M, GRID K520 and Tesla K40c are supported in the new version.

Bug fixes include correct release date for Radeon R9 290, more robust NVIDIA PhysX detection, improved fan-speed monitoring on some newer AMD cards, sensor graph overflow/underflow as well as a fixed French translation.

The new version is available free for download now and can be had in the normal plain version or as ASUS ROG themed for the extra bit of spice. Time to upgrade?, just head over to and download the new version.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

FirePro W8100 Professional Graphics Solution Announced by AMD

AMD has just launched the AMD FirePro W8100 professional graphics card, bringing a new generation of AMD Graphics Core Next architecture as well as even grater workstation performance, which is dubbed to be 38x better than any other competing product on the market.

Featuring OpenCL, a best-in-class 8 GB of GDDR5 memory, 4.2 TFLOPS single-precision compute performance, 2.1 TFLOPS double-precision compute performance and of course OpenCL, the AMD FirePro W8100 is said to be designed for Media & Entertainment workflows, as well as engineering analysis and supercomputing applications.

In terms of productivity, the FirePro W8100 is said to be the ideal professional-grade solution for 4K Computer Aided Design (CAD) and other applications dedicated towards video editing, colour correction, compositing, design visualisation and GPU-accelerated compute tasks. Thanks to its super-fast memory and vast capacity, users are said to be able to load large datasets or handle ultra-HD video frames on the GPU’s internal memory for processing purposes, resulting in reduced lag and improved overall responsiveness.

Users are also said to have the option to combine up to four AMD FirePro W8100 cards in a single system in order to have over 16 TFLOPS compute performance, in addition to increased productivity with up to four 4K display support and certified application performance with differentiated graphics features.

The FirePro W8100 is said to deliver support for increasing real-time 4K productivity with single-GPU and multi-GPU configurations from various system integrators, including Armari, CARRI, Colfax, Exxact, Mouse Computers, PSSC Labs, Scan International, Tarox, Versatile Distribution Services, Workstation Specialists and Wortmann.

AMD has stated that it will start shipping in July from SAPPHIRE Technology, AMD FirePro Ultra Workstation providers as well as major workstation providers.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of TechPowerUp

New AMD Hawaii FirePro Card Accidentally Leaked

We’re no stranger to seeing hardware leaked before its official announcement, normally with the help of some industry insiders on some obscure forums. However it makes our job much easier when the company behind the product leaks the information all by its self. AMD accidentally posted an announcement about an upcoming Hawaii launch even, and while I’m sure many of you hope it was the 295×2 we reported on yesterday, it’s the first Hawaii based FirePro card from the red camp.

No specification were leaked which is a real shame, but on the plus side we know the hardware exists so you can expect more details to start flooding from AMD, either officially or via obscure leaks, especially now that people know what to look for. AMD will be running a webcast on March 26th with more details.

With Nvidia dominating the profession graphics market with a 4/5 market share, AMD are keen to make up on lost ground, something we expect they’re hoping to do with Hawaii based hardware as they target a 30% market share for this year.

Thank you Fudzilla for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of VideoCardz.


AMD Reports Financial Results – $74 Million In Losses

The plight of AMD’s finances is well documented and in the past couple of quarters the company has been going through some major restructuring. The latest figures show that for the second quarter of 2013 AMD reported a $74 million loss as a result of a 18% year on year drop in revenues. They had revenue of $1.16 billion, a 40% gross margin and an operating loss of $29 million.

AMD is currently divided into two main sections, the computing solutions group and the graphics solutions group. The computing solutions handles processors, APUs and the like. The computing solutions groups saw 12% more revenue over Q1 of 2013 but a 20% decrease compared to the same figures for last year. According to AMD the increased revenues over the previous quarter are due to more AMD notebook shipments and desktop server shipments but the decline of year on year revenue is due to lower average selling prices.

In the graphics department things weren’t as bad but they did see a 5% decline compared to Q1 and a 13% decline compared to last year. AMD claims average selling prices have declined since Q1, probably due to pressure from Nvidia’s new GPUs.

AMD’s finances do not look so bleak though as it has already arranged to be part of both next generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft as well as part of Apple’s upcoming Mac Pro desktop. AMD is projecting a 19-25% increase in revenues for the next quarter. This should take things to approximately $1.42 billion, up from $1.16 billion this quarter.

Image courtesy of AMD

Computex: Sapphire Exhibit PowerCastX Digital Signage Software

Digital signage isn’t exactly the most exciting subject area to be covering at Computex but Sapphire have spiced it up a bit with their PowerCastX exhibit showing a huge number of screens being run off some AMD FirePro graphics cards using Sapphire’s digital signage software.

The displays can all work indepedently of each other and you can stretch joint images across as many or as few screens as you want, it really does look like some great innovative software from Sapphire.

While this isn’t really for the average user it is still pretty fun to just marvel over how many displays you can power off these AMD FirePro cards using Sapphires new PowerCastX software, the back of this system is an absolute spaghetti junction of display cables – thank god for the genius who labelled them all.

The AMD FirePro card of choice to power all these displays is the FirePro W9000, AMD’s flagship model.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex


AMD & Adobe Collaborate to Better Next Version of Premiere Pro

AMD has announced a partnership with Adobe in order to make the next version of Premiere Pro support hardware-acceleration of AMD GPUs. In case you don’t know what Premiere Pro is, it’s one of the top video editing programs out there. This will incredibly increase performance on FirePro workstation class graphics cards, but will also give consumer graphics cards a boost, that includes the Radeon series and AMD’s A-Series APUs.

“AMD and Adobe are dedicated to delivering professional and consumer level solutions that support open standards and provide artists everywhere with the ability to create at the speed of thought. Through AMD’s strong relationship with Adobe, video editors no longer have to wait for the rendering of edits, effects, and composites – most everything can now be achieved at high-quality in real-time.” said Neal Robison, AMD’s Senior Director & Software Alliances.

“Our customers require powerful systems that enable them to work quickly and efficiently. While we already support OpenCL on the Mac, today’s announcement gives creative professionals the opportunity to tap into the massive compute resources of AMD APUs and GPUs on Windows-based PCs, broadening the type of accelerated experience they can have with our upcoming software.” said Adobe’s director of strategic relations, Simon Williams.

The performance increases are so dramatic that with the proper hardware it should be possible to render 4K Ultra HD fast enough for it to be done in real-time. This is all accomplished using OpenCL.

EK Launches World’s First Water Cooling Solution for AMD FirePro

EK are renowned throughout the industry for making an incredibly diverse range of water blocks that tackle not just the “mainstream” segment of the water cooling market, which is quite niche in itself, but also the niche segments of the water cooling market. Their latest product which impressed us was a mounting kit specifically made for “delidded” Ivy Bridge CPUs. However, today EK have come out with a GPU water cooling solution for the AMD FirePro series of cards. Naturally EK have devised these two expensive water cooling solutions for the two highest performance FirePro cards, the W9000 and the S10000.

EK’s Water block for the AMD FirePro S10000

As you may be able to tell from the images the EK S10000 water cooling solutions is single slot. This is excellent news for the enterprise environment because it means you can fit two FirePro cards into the same space thus being able to get twice the computing power in a server space environment. Add to that the fact that the water block cools the GPU, the VRM and RAM keeping everything running much cooler than the reference design offering much more stability.

EK’s Water block for the AMD FirePro W9000

While the W9000 water block still consumes two PCI Express slots but it does still offer the extra cooling performance that you’d expect from water cooling. Both of these water blocks use high flow designs which is perfect for water cooling systems that do not have strong pumps.

Both water blocks are constructed out of C110 grade electrolytic copper while the top is made of laser cut stainless steel metal plate. The sealing is performed by quality NBR rubber washers. Screw-in brass standoffs are pre-installed and allow for safe, painless installation procedure. Both water blocks are  factory pressure tested and come with 1g packaging of Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal grease (TIM).

The EK-FCS10000 comes with the MSRP of €139.95 (incl. VAT) while the EK-FCW9000 comes with MSRP of €119.95 (incl. VAT). Both products will be available for purchase through the EK Webshop and the Partner Reseller Network on Friday, April 5th 2013.

This be a very niche market product but the pricing is pretty competitive and the advantages of water cooling to enterprise could be excellent. What do you think of EK’s latest creation? Can it be useful? Or were AMD FirePro water blocks not made before this for a good reason?

Source: Press Release