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AMD FirePro W8000 And W9000 Review: GCN Goes Pro

Testing: Workstation-Class Hardware And Software

We’re using a new dual-processor machine for our workstation benchmarks. You'll find the same system being used in our Workstation Graphics 2012 charts, too. 

Our impetus for shifting to a new testing system is simple: we're not just about gaming, but also professional computing. We settled on this system because its dual-socket KCMA-D8 motherboard and AMD Opteron 4284 processors make it possible to build a budget-friendly workstation system that still packs a punch.

We're using an open-air test bench from Lian Li for our workstation benchmark system, which, in line with the FirePro cards, is bright red. Hopefully, everything still fits together once we get Kepler-based professional cards to review (Ed.: Christmas theme!).

Technical Specifications
CPU2 x Opteron 4284 (Valencia), 32 nm, 3 GHz Base, 3.7 GHz Turbo Core, Socket C32
Cooler2 x Noctua NH-U12DO A3
Mother BoardAsus KCMA-D8
Memory32 GB Kingston DDR3-1333 ECC
Hard DisksKingston V200 480 GB2 x Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB
Power Supply UnitSeasonic 750 W, 80 PLUS Gold
CaseLian Li PC-T60A ATX Test Bench
Operating SystemWindows 7 x64 Ultimate
BenchmarksSPECviewperf 11 (Benchmark suite, 1920 x 1200)Rightware Basemark CLAutoCAD Design Suite Premium 2013 Autodesk Maya Entertainment Creation Suite Premium 2013Luxmark 2.5GPU Caps Viewer
Graphics Cards and DriversFirePro 8.982.3 Quadro/Tesla 297.03 WHQL