AMD FirePro V7800P : performance graphics + massive compute power for servers

Posted by Tony DeYoung on May 17, 2011

The new AMD FirePro V7800P is specially designed for use in rackmount servers, blade servers and PCIe expansion chassis. The passively cooled, half-length, full height card card requires 10 cubic feet / minute of airflow to keep it cool (servers normally deliver three times that rate in a peripheral slot). It can be plugged into a server proper or can be hosted in an external PCI-Express 2.0 chassis. It draws a maximum of 138 watts.

The card supports OpenCL 1.1 and DirectCompute 11 for massively parallel number crunching, as well as OpenGL 4.1 and DirectX 11 for high performance graphics processing. With all 1,440 cores working simultaneously, the FirePro V7800P can deliver 2 teraflops of single-precision and 400 gigaflops of double-precision floating point performance.

In addition to supporting traditional workstation graphics in a client/server model, AMD FirePro V7800P professional graphics also enable GPU compute, remote graphics and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments.

HotHardware giving away 25 free passes to AMD Fusion Developer Summit

Posted by Tony DeYoung on May 16, 2011

Tickets to the AMD Fusion Developer Summit (AFDS) are valued at $300 but HotHardware is giving away 25 of them.  Become a fan of HotHardware on Facebook and share this post to get the word out (there’s a Share button at the bottom of the post). Then drop HH a line at with your contact information. Winners will get a free registration code.



Tags: Events, OpenCL

FirePro Eyefinity Mobile Graphics and OpenCL play big at Siemens PLM World Conference

Posted by Tony DeYoung on May 10, 2011

Siemens PLM World Conference was held last week in Las Vegas with over 1900 attendees from some of the largest corporate CAD users in the world (e.g. Grumman, Boeing, JP, Daimler, Baker Hughes).

AMD made a strong showing in the Saratech booth with live demos of remote graphics with Siemens PLM Software NX, 3-display Eyefinity with NX running on laptops, APU demonstrator with NX, and several OpenCL demos. 


OpenCL and 6-display Eyefinity support for embedded systems

Posted by Tony DeYoung on May 09, 2011

At the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley 2011 last week, AMD announced the new Radeon E6760 embedded discrete graphics processor. The E6760 GPU offers embedded system designers OpenCL support as well as support for six independent displays using Eyefinity technology, HDMI 1.4 stereoscopic video, and DisplayPort 1.2 for higher link speeds.

AMD Fusion ‘11 Summit attracts ARM, Microsoft - heterogeneous computing & OpenCL

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 27, 2011

BSN interviewed John Taylor, Director of Client Product and Software Marketing at AMD, regarding the upcoming Fusion Developer Summit to be held June 13-16, 2011 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington.

Both Microsoft and Arm will be giving keynotes at the event.  ARM is going to reiterate their commitment to OpenCL with their own Mali series GPU, tying nicely to AMD’s Fusion APUs, i.e. Ontario (9W) and Zacate (18W) and upcoming Llano APUs (up to 95W). 

Also noteworthy from the interview:

With Fusion architecture, CPU (ok, APU) is getting a driver update each and every month for the first time in history of the silicon. The company insists on a vision that by making a continuous Catalyst driver updates for the Ontario/Zacate/Llano APUs, the CPU and GPU parts will be constantly updated with application profiles and API updates. As a result, users of AMD APUs should experience smoother application performance as the time passes by.

Do note that with the Fusion strategy, AMD is no longer just following computing standards, but rather setting them in silicon with smart adjustments. A good example for that is the upcoming C-60 APU that gives you up to 33% higher performance in typical CPU tasks or a massive 43% performance boost in DirectX / OpenGL / OpenCL - all while staying in the same power envelope (9W).

Check John Taylor’s blog for more details on who is speaking.

Tags: APU, Events, GPGPU

New Dell 15 and 17” Mobile Workstations with FirePro M5950 and FirePro M8900 Mobility Pro

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 26, 2011

Dell has announced the 15.6” Precision M4600 and 17.3” M6600 mobile workstations based on Intel’s Sandy Bridge platform. They both can support up to 32 GB of RAM in 4 DIMM slots, and dual 128GB SSDs.

The 15.6” Precision M4600 includes an option for the AMD FirePro M5950 Mobility Pro with 1GB of GDDR5 memory,  725 MHz core/900 MHz memory clock speed, a 57.6 GB/s, 128-bit bandwidth pipeline and TDP = 25W (consumer counterpart is the 480-shader Radeon 6770M). 

The 17.3” Precision M6600 features the new AMD FirePro M8900 Mobility Pro with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, 680 MHz core/900 MHz memory clock speed, a 115.2 GB/s, 256-bit bandwidth pipeline and TDP = 75W (consumer counterpart is the 960-shader Radeon HD 6970M).

Both CAD-certified FirePro Mobility cards offer 5 display Eyefinity support, as well as full support for DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, OpenCL 1.1 and DirectCompute 11.

Autodesk XpoCast covers Pro vs Consumer graphics cards - the real differences

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 21, 2011

Autodesk XpoCast has good presentation that covers the key differences between consumer grade and professional graphics, how using the right or wrong solution can impede or boost your productivity (including Eyefinity), and how to identify the right tool for the job. Worth checking out.

I yanked out one segment as a teaser, on the real differences between consumer and professional graphics. AMD’s Robert Miller goes over hardware differences, unique features such as framelock/genlock or SDI sync, longevity, and of course highly tuned drivers for specific professional apps (as opposed to games). Also includes a very telling demo of running professional apps on a good consumer card vs even a low-end professional card.

New HP Z210 low-cost, entry-level workstation for MCAD/AEC feature FirePro 2D and 3D graphics option

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 19, 2011

Following up the new EliteBook mobile workstations, HP also announced the new budget-friendly HP Z210 Desktop Workstation. The two models of this workstation are intended as a low-cost, entry-level options for MCAD/AEC and video editing.

The Z210 CMT is a convertible mini-tower with room to upgrade. It accepts full size graphics cards including the CAD-certified entry-level FirePro V3800 and mid-range FirePro V5800.

The Z210 SFF is a highly-compact desktop for space-constrained workspaces. It only handles small form factor cards like the passively-cooled 2D AMD FirePro 2270 or the entry-level 3D FirePro V3800.

Tags: Hardware

AMD APU CPU+GPU Processor explained by Best Buy

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 18, 2011

OK - this was a surprise.  Best Buy has published a video explaining APUs to the masses, and it is actually a pretty compelling and informative little video for consumers.  Good work Best Buy!

Tags: APU

New crop of HP mobile workstation EliteBooks with FirePro M5950

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 18, 2011

Last week HP announced an update to their 15 and 17 inch EliteBook mobile workstations. The 17.3-inch 8760w and the 15.6-inch 8560w offer the option of an RGB-backlit DreamColor 10-bit displays.

Both models come standard with a FirePro M5950 workstation graphics card featuring 1GB GDDR5 memory,  57.6 GB/s, 128-bit bandwidth pipeline and TDP = 25W (consumer counterpart is the Radeon 6770M). The new CAD-certified FirePro Mobility card offers 480 stream processors,  Eyefinity support for 5 displays, and full support for DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, OpenCL 1.1 and DirectCompute 11.

There is also a 14-inch EliteBook which features a low power, CAD-certified FirePro M3900 with 1 GB of DDR3 memory, 12.8 GB/s 64 bit bandwidth and TDP < 20W (consumer counterpart is the Radeon 6470M).

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