Entries tagged as: 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

New aggressive pricing for AMD FirePro W series GPUs - up to 50% reductions

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 09, 2014

Develop3D scooped the news that AMD has cut the price of its FirePro W-Series GPUs, the most dramatic being the high-end FirePro W8100, which will be available for $1,249 (half of original MSRP), and the FirePro W5100 for $399 (half the price of Nvidia’s Quadro K2200).

Prices reductions below (MSRP)

- AMD FirePro W8100 (8GB) - $1,249
- AMD FirePro W7100 (8GB) - $799
- AMD FirePro W5100 (4GB) - $399
- AMD FirePro W4100 (2GB) - $179
- AMD FirePro W2100 (2GB) - $139 / £86

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ASUS ESC8000 G3 server can hold up to 8 AMD FirePro 9150 S-Series GPUs

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 15, 2014

The new ASUS ESC8000 G3 is a 3U rack mount server solution with up to 8 AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs.
Download the AMD FirePro and ASUS ESC8000 G3 data sheet for full specs.
Learn more about HPC in the Data Center accelerated by OpenCL on AMD FirePro S-Series Server GPUs.



Barco Coronis Uniti - 1 display for both PACS and mammography - powered by AMD FirePro W7000

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 16, 2014

66% of radiologists want to see colors and grays on the same screen, with 84% of US radiologists reading both digital mammography and color PACS. Barco decided it was time to unify the workflow.  The new Barco Coronis Uniti is the world’s only display explicitly designed for PACS and breast imaging. 

The display is powered by the AMD FirePro W7000 to render rich content, while enabling fast-paced, dynamic and 3D medical imaging. This means the 12MP display display can deliver CT moving images, ultrasound, MRI/PET scans, multi-frame mammography, and digital breast tomosynthesis.  The Coronis Uniti display is also calibrated to meet the DICOM standard for grayscales, and to guarantee consistent, perceptually linear color. AMD has been Barco’s exclusive partner in medical imaging for more than 10 years!

Checkout the screen shots and the video below and see why people in medical imaging are so excited.



HP expands its AMD FirePro graphics footprint to 5 tower and 3 mobile workstations

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 08, 2014

In September and October of this year, HP has greatly expanded its AMD FirePro graphics footprint offering 3 mobile and 5 tower configurations using FirePro graphics (in 2013 there was 1 mobile and 2 towers configurations).

The new HP Z840, Z640 and Z440 desktop workstations now include AMD FirePro W2100, W5100 and W7100 GPUs (multi-display 4K capability, high compute performance, OpenCL 2 support and PCIe 3.0). The HP ZBook 15 G2 and 17 G2 mobile workstations feature AMD FirePro M5100 and M6100 mobile GPUs (4K display support, optimized drivers, power management). Check out the models and specs below.


HP Z440, HP Z640 & HP 7840

HP Z230 Tower & HP Z230SFF




AMD FirePro Mobile Graphics Overview

Tags: HP, Hardware, Mobile

AMD FirePro S9100 GPU - hi-performance HPC for budget conscious projects

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 02, 2014

Not too long ago AMD announced the top-of-line AMD FirePro S9150, the most powerful server GPU ever built for High Performance Computing (HPC). This 16GB card with 2.53 TFLOPs of peak double precision performance is ideal for the most compute intensive workloads that demand ultimate performance.

The new AMD FirePro S9100 server GPU is for more budget conscious deployments that still need equally exceptional performance for HPC. The 12GB FirePro S9100 delivers 2.11 TFLOPS peak double-precision and up to 9.4 GFLOPS per watt TDP double-precision performance. Like its big brother, it passively cooled for use in data centers and is fully equipped to handle supercomputing-caliber tasks with tremendous efficiency.

Read more about the AMD FirePro S9100 and check the product page for specs.

AMD completes its next generation family of workstation GPUs - FirePro W2100, W4100, W5100, W7100

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 12, 2014

The next generation AMD FirePro workstation graphics family brings at least 2x more memory, multidisplay 4K leadership, high compute performance, next generation API support and PCIe 3.0 support:

  • With 16GB GDDR5 memory and the ability to support up to six 4K displays, AMD FirePro W9100 professional graphics is AMD's most advanced professional graphics solution available offering the ideal single-GPU solution for the next generation of ultrahigh-resolution visualization environments
  • AMD FirePro W8100 professional graphics feature 8GB of GDDR5 memory and packs up to 4.2 TFLOPS of compute power to accelerate projects beyond just graphics
  • An engineering and Media & Entertainment multimedia powerhouse, the 8GB AMD FirePro W7100 professional graphics is designed to boost performance and support for 4K content, including video playback, editing and transcoding
  • With 4GB of GDDR5 memory and four display outputs on the AMD FirePro W5100 graphics, users can tackle complex models, assemblies, data sets and advanced visual effects with ease
  • In a class of its own, AMD FirePro W4100 graphics, including four-display support, is the ideal choice for users who need a performance boost to address their evolving workflows
  • Next generation professional graphics start with AMD FirePro W2100 graphics, delivering optimized and certified professional application performance that consumer graphics lack

At-a-glance overview of the newly announced cards.


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AMD FirePro W8100 combines 3D graphics with compute in one card

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 23, 2014

AMD has unveiled the FirePro W8100 8GB GPU for high-end CAD/CAM/CAE.


The W8100 can compute a complex ray trace rendering or FEA simulation on one screen and still be fully responsive as you manipulate your 3D CAD model on the same display or across up to three other 4k display. The card is priced at $2,495. Full specs in the W8100 Datasheet PDF.

Along with the W9100, the W8100 will also be a part of AMD’s Ultra Workstation initiative.

Benchmarks in graphics and compute compared to the similarly priced Nvidia Quadro K5000 are below.


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