How We Test AMD's FirePro W8100
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 clock 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 W8100 (refer to table).
The power draw measurements deserve a section of their own, and we're eager to find out if the AMD FirePro W8100 is really in the sweet spot of AMD's line-up.
Here's the list of hardware we're using for benchmarking:
|Lab Bench||Microcool Banchetto 101|
|System||Intel Core i7-4930K (Ivy Bridge-E), 3.5 GHz (6C/12T)Asus Rampage IV Black Edition64 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-2133 at 1600 MT/sCorsair H105i Closed-Loop Liquid Cooler1x 256 GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD (System, Applications)|
|Video Editing / Workloads||1x 480 GB Corsair Neutron GX SSD (Input)1x 500 GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD (Output)|
|Power Supply (PSU)||1200 W be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 (Slightly Modified to Measure Voltages)|
|Operating Systems||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Professional Applications, Computing)Microsoft Windows 8 Professional x64 (Gaming)|
|Drivers||Catalyst Pro 13.352.1009 CertifiedNvidia Quadro Desktop Driver 334.95|
|Environment||22 °C Ambient Temperature, Held Stable via Air Conditioning|