Entries tagged as: Hardware

Planned AMD high-performance server APU to approach performance of discrete FirePro S-series GPUs

Posted by Tony DeYoung on May 18, 2015

AMD recently presented their data center roadmap for 2015-2016 and one stand out was the plans for for a “high-performance server APU”.  AMD already has a strong presence in the high performance server market with the FirePro S-series, in particular the S9150 for HPC and VDI.

At their financial analyst day presentation, AMD outline a roadmap to develop a high-performance server APU that will offer multi-teraflops performance closer to the performance of the FirePro S-series GPUs, but all on a single CPU/GPU chip.



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PC Expert awards AMD FirePro W9100 “best product” for display solutions

Posted by Tony DeYoung on February 27, 2015

The latest issue of PC Expert awarded nominations and best of across several categories.

AMD FirePro W9100 Wins Best Display Solution
Quote: “The market for professional graphics card used to be the sole privilege of Nvidia cards with excellent performance and CUDA. But with its new architecture, AMD seems to want to change that. With increased performance, support GPU Computing and aggressive prices, AMD becomes a must!”

The new AMD FirePro WX100 series offer new levels of performance make these cards a prime choice for any graphics or compute-intense application, at a cost-efficient price.

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See the Curved MultiTaction iWall driven by AMD FirePro at Digital Signage Expo

Posted by Tony DeYoung on February 24, 2015

At Digital Signage Expo in March,  MultiTaction (booth 9-F137) will unveil their AMD FirePro-driven 12 display curved iWall installation with a total curvature of 90 degrees. This is the world’s first curved interactive multitouch commercial display wall.

iWalls are modular, customizable interactive display systems supporting an unlimited number of concurrent users, curvatures of up to 360 degrees and widths to up to 96 feet. It simultaneously detects an unlimited number of fingers, hands, IR pens and real life objects. It’s more than just a touch display; it is an experience.  Of course, driving all of the visuals and the seamless multiscreen display are AMD FirePro graphics.


Panasonic Toughbook CF-54 gets the AMD FirePro edge

Posted by Tony DeYoung on February 19, 2015

Panasonic Toughbook is legendary for its ruggedness and is widely known for its reliability and durability, even in extreme operating conditions. The inclusion of AMD FirePro M5100 in the CF-54 series opens up new opportunities for architects, project managers and engineers who demand the ultimate combination of durability, reliability and workstation-class performance with certified application support for work in a semi-harsh indoor or outdoor environment.

Toughbooks are rugged devices that are drop-proof and water resistant. Primary markets are automotive, telecommunications, construction, manufacturing, mining and defense industries.  The CF-54 will be lighter than previous models and provide professional graphics with the AMD FirePro mobility series. More info in this news release: AMD FirePro Professional Graphics Provide Outstanding Visual Performance for Panasonic Toughbook CF-54.

Learn more about the AMD FirePro M5100 that powers the new Toughbook including the unique power monitoring and management technologies.

Weighs less than a toolbox but does more!

AMD FirePro WX100 Series Professional Graphics Cards Overview on newegg TV

Posted by Tony DeYoung on February 12, 2015

Newegg TV interviews Jon Clark about the AMD FirePro WX100 series targeted across the entire line of professional markets (CAD, Design, Media & Entertainment, Medical, Digital Signage, Financial, GPU Compute).

It’s a worthwhile watch even if you know something about the FirePro line. Jon shows and describe each card and the market it applies to.

Across the entire FirePro WX100 line from the 26 watt W2100 to the top of the line W9100:

  • Support across the line for 4k displays
  • Twice the frame buffer over previous WX00 seriess
  • OpenCL 2.0 supports
  • They all do play games supporting DirectX 11 (and soon 12)
  • All have certified drivers for professional apps
  • PCIe Gen 3 (important for support compute for the CPU)

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HP ZBook 14 G2 and 15u G2 use AMD FirePro for desktop class workstation performance on-the-go

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 21, 2015

Today AMD announced that second-generation HP ZBook 14 G2 and 15u G2 Mobile Workstations will use AMD FirePro M4150 and AMD FirePro M4170 mobile graphics to provide desktop class workstation performance on-the-go.

Along with certified drivers for CAD and DCC software from Adobe, Autodesk, Avid, Dassault Systèmes, ESRI, Siemens and more, the new AMD FirePro powered ZBooks offer a stable and reliable platform that redefines mobile workstation performance and quality.

Estimated U.S. pricing starts at $1,249 and $1,199, for the 14 and 15.6 inch screen models respectively.

Tags: HP, Hardware, Mobile

HP introduces industry’s thinnest and lightest workstation ultrabooks based on AMD FirePro

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 06, 2015

Yesterday HP introduced the industry’s thinnest and lightest workstation Ultrabooks. The new ZBook 14 G2 and 15u have a 14-inch or 15.6-inch diagonal high-performance screens powered by AMD FirePro M415 and M4170 GPUs respectively.  The customizable workstations provide professional users with speed, quality and creativity on the go.

Estimated U.S. pricing starts at $1,249 and $1,199, respectively.

Tags: HP, Hardware

Video: SAPPHIRE explains how the new AMD FirePro W7100 is right for design and engineering pros

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 30, 2014

Bill Donnelly from SAPPHIRE explains the newly available AMD FirePro W7100 card for media and entertainment and design and engineering professionals.
Learn even more about the FirePro W7100 and the other W Series cards to figure out which card best matches your price/performance needs.

In the video Bill covers:
- 8 GB framebuffer to manage larger data sets and bigger video
- Direct GMA support (i.e. for SDI)
- Onboard UVD (unified video decoder) for processing all video formats directly on the card
- Support for 3 4k video streams or 6 HD video streams
- FreeSync support
- Optimized drivers for stability and reliability
- OpenCL support for applications like DaVinci

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AMD FirePro GPUs powers the #1 and #2 ranked workstation laptops of 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 16, 2014

According to Notebook Check, AMD FirePro GPUs powers the current #1 and #2 ranked workstation laptops of 2014.
First place is the HP ZBook 15 G2 followed closely by the Dell Precision M2800.


CADPlace asks: When are the AMD FirePro W4100 and W8100 the right choices?

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 15, 2014

CADPlace has posted two articles reviewing the mid-range AMD FirePro W4100 and high-end AMD FirePro W8100 in terms of price/performance and what they deliver for CAD users.

The AMD FirePro W4100 combines the benefits of an entry-level GPU and a mid-range GPU
The W4100 keeps the low-profile design and 2 GB of graphics memory of the entry-level W2100, but has a more powerful GPU and has four graphics outputs like the larger FirePro W5100 as well as application certifications.

For CADplace, the FirePro W4100 is an excellent choice for small form-factor workstations. For an SFF workstation it delivers good performance and allows for the best multi-display configuration options.

The AMD FirePro W8100 meets the needs of extremely demanding design environments.
The W8100 delivers 3D power needed for extremely large design assemblies. It has double precision computing performance and memory capacity for CAE workflows. It has the power to drive real-time design review applications and the driver is optimized for many professional CAD, rendering, and simulation applications.

For CADplace, the FirePro W8100 is an excellent choice for powerful, interactive 3D design and engineering workstations with workflows that span modeling, simulation, and real-time photorealistic rendering. And the ability to install up to 4 GPUs per workstation makes it a good choice for immersive VR systems, too

Tags: CAD, Hardware
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