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AMD FirePro W9100 Review: Hawaii Puts On Its Suit And Tie

How We Test AMD's FirePro W9100

Test Systems and Environment

For this story, we don't overclock Intel's Core i7-4930K, since the workstation world is very stability-sensitive. As a result, our processor runs at a base close rate of 3.5 GHz. But this machine's test system does sport three SSDs now. We keep the operating system separate from the benchmark suite binaries and data logs.

Normally, we would only test with drivers approved by each ISV. However, this isn’t possible for a brand-new card, so we had to use the latest driver available for AMD's FirePro W9100 (refer to table).

The power draw measurements deserve a section of their own, and we're eager to find out how the W9100 differs from AMD's desktop boards. Right out of the gate, we know the FirePro isn’t factory overclocked like so many of those gaming products.

Here's the list of hardware we're using for benchmarking:

Lab BenchMicrocool Banchetto 101
PC System:Intel Core i7-4930K (Ivy Bridge-E), 3.5 GHz, 6C/12T Asus Rampage IV Black Edition 64 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-2133 at 1600 MT/s Enermax TLC 240 Closed-Loop Liquid Cooler  Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB (System and applications)
Video Editing480 GB Corsair Neutron GX (Input)
WorkloadsSamsung 840 EVO 500 GB (Output)
Power SupplyCorsair AX860i (slightly modified for probing the voltage)
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Pro apps and compute) Microsoft Windows 8 Professional x64 (Gaming)
DriversCatalyst Pro 13.35 Nvidia Quadro Desktop Driver 334.95
Environment22°C room temperature, air-conditioned