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AMD Announces Beefy W9100 Workstation Graphics Card

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

AMD has announced its most powerful professional workstation graphics card to date.

AMD has announced its new professional workstation class graphics card – the FirePro W9100. At this time, the company has not yet revealed all of the juicy details that most of us will want to know, but it is teasing some very impressive performance. In fact, if the numbers are correct, this could be the fastest workstation class graphics card setup money can buy.

Details that the company did reveal include that the card will feature a rather staggering 16 GB of GDDR5 memory, which will have a bandwidth of about 320 GB/s. With regards to performance, the red team boasts over 5 teraFLOPS of compute performance, along with over 2 teraFLOPS of double precision compute performance.

"AMD FirePro W9100 ensures users can enjoy real-time video, enabling productivity throughout their workflow through superior OpenCL thanks to AMD GCN Architecture."

The graphics card is also intended to be used in tandem with more copies of itself while still having performance scale well, allowing artists to install up to four W9100 graphics cards for the ultimate 4K experience.

Further details have yet to become available, but as always, we'll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, Nvidia at GTC unveiled the GTX Titan Z, a Dual GK110 Makes 5,760 Core Monster.

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    spartanmk2 , March 26, 2014 1:57 PM
    Lil' bit overkill for my solitaire needs.
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    Zeh , March 26, 2014 1:10 PM
    Workstation cards cost more than desktop-oriented cards. Miners won't want it.
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    Cryio , March 26, 2014 1:23 PM
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    Workstation cards cost more than desktop-oriented cards. Miners won't want it.
    Yes, but at the same time they are significantly faster. But most people will keep buy the 290s, that is true.
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    David Dewis , March 26, 2014 1:25 PM
    But can it run call of duty ghosts at max? Lol I kid
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    Shankovich , March 26, 2014 1:26 PM
    Seems like the perfect card for CFD simulations :) . That power combined with that memory, it'll work very very well in that environment.
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    abimocorde , March 26, 2014 1:46 PM
    Probably have to sell my house to pay for this one. ;) 
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    spartanmk2 , March 26, 2014 1:57 PM
    Lil' bit overkill for my solitaire needs.
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    aaronmc , March 26, 2014 2:05 PM
    That's double the FP64 of the W9000 and nearly quadruple the FP64 of the 290X. I hope they don't price this in the sky, because I'm already checking my bank account.
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    rwinches , March 26, 2014 3:17 PM
    Not interested I want a $3K non pro card like that groovy Titan-Z.__OTOH doesn't that fan look similar to the noisy R9 stock fan?
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    Coolant , March 26, 2014 3:25 PM
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    That's double the FP64 of the W9000 and nearly quadruple the FP64 of the 290X. I hope they don't price this in the sky, because I'm already checking my bank account.
    How does it fare against the quadro K6000 in FP64 performance, noob here
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    seinar2 , March 26, 2014 3:38 PM
    but can it play crysis?
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    aaronmc , March 26, 2014 3:50 PM
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    That's double the FP64 of the W9000 and nearly quadruple the FP64 of the 290X. I hope they don't price this in the sky, because I'm already checking my bank account.
    How does it fare against the quadro K6000 in FP64 performance, noob here


    The K6000 was the old FP64 record holder with only a 2/3 reduction in performance from its FP32 performance. Its FP32 was about 5.2 TFLOPS, thus giving it FP64 performance of about 1.7 TFLOPS.

    With those numbers, that means AMD has managed a performance drop of only 1/2. That's amazing.
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    chicofehr , March 26, 2014 3:52 PM
    Finally a card that has enough ram to handle skyrim with all the mods in 3x30" in all 8K textures :D  sarcasm intended of course
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    Shin-san , March 26, 2014 3:58 PM
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    but can it play crysis?
    Surprisingly, I think some Tomshardware benchmark showed that AMD Workstation GPUs were quite good at video gaming: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/workstation-graphics-card-gaming,3425-9.html
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    dragonsqrrl , March 26, 2014 8:20 PM
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    I hope they don't price this in the sky, because I'm already checking my bank account.
    The W9000 launched at $3999, if that helps you estimate what this might cost.
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    spp85 , March 26, 2014 10:42 PM
    16 Giga Byte GDDR5 and over 2 TFLOPS Double precision compute power?? I'm without words about this monster........
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    Slatteew , March 26, 2014 10:43 PM
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    Not interested I want a $3K non pro card like that groovy Titan-Z.__OTOH doesn't that fan look similar to the noisy R9 stock fan?
    Um..............Titan Z IS a pro card, that just so happens to be good for gaming too. But MEANT for both. More or less game developers.
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    tuvok , March 26, 2014 10:45 PM
    but can it run Crysis?
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    ipwn3r456 , March 26, 2014 10:51 PM
    I am not too sure if that's AMD's response to the Nividia Titan Z...
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    falchard , March 26, 2014 11:21 PM
    These workstation cards are used for one primary purpose. To render triangles in real time for CAD programs. There are two versions of AMD workstation cards like NVidia. First is the FirePro for CAD programs, the second is the FireStream for GPGPU. All professional cards will perform about 5~10% slower in games than their consumer grade counterparts.
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