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At its Fusion Developer Summit, Advanced Micro Devices unveiled its next-generation high-performance workstation graphics card called FirePro W9000. The new board will not only be based on Tahiti XT graphics processing unit (GPU), but will be powered by the improved 1GHz version of the chip.

AMD FirePro W9000 professional graphics card will be powered by Tahiti XT graphics processing unit with 2048 stream processors and 6GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory. The board has four DisplayPorts as well as 3-pin DIN stereo connector. The novelty will bring the power of AMD's graphics core next (GCN) architecture to the workstation market and will be the company's highest-performing workstation offering to date.

The FirePro W9000 will provide 4TFLOPS of single precision and 1TFLOPS of double precision compute precision, unlike the Radeon HD 7970 (also based on Tahiti XT), which offers 3.778TFLOPS of SP and 0.947TFLOPS of DP performance, respectively. The difference in compute performance points to higher clock-speed of the GPU on the professional graphics card. Keeping in mind the rumours about possible release of 1GHz versions of Tahiti XT and appropriate graphics cards on its base, it is likely that the new Tahiti XT will also power FirePro W9000 professional solution.

At present AMD is working hard to certify its FirePro W9000 workstation graphics card with leading professional graphics software vendors. Since such certification usually takes a long time, which is why the workstation version Tahiti XT will reach the market about eight to nine months later than the consumer Radeon HD 7970.

AMD promised to release FirePro W9000 officially at Siggraph 2012 conference that will take place in Los Angeles, California, in early August.

Tags: AMD, FirePro, Tahiti, GCN, Southern Island, 28nm

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I really don't see a point in workstation graphics anymore, and 4 TFLOPS isn't a lot. Even my Radeon HD 7950 is pulling 4300 SP GFLOPS / 1075 DP GFLOPS on BOINC projects, and that is with only ~1700 stream processors.
1 2 [Posted by: mmstick  | Date: 06/16/12 07:19:25 AM]
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Apple and oranges. Entirely different drivers and software packages which is why nvidia has owned 85% of the pro market for years. You cannot take a consumer graphics card and use pro drivers.
1 1 [Posted by: beck2448  | Date: 06/16/12 12:48:01 PM]
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I don't think you understand what you are talking about. You don't need 'pro drivers' just to get computations out of a modern day graphics cards using OpenCL. The same processes I can complete with my 7950, can be done on a workstation graphics card in the same project. But this workstation graphics card won't be crunching faster than my 7950 if it can only rate at 4TFLOPS at single precision and 0.97 TFLOPS at double precision. There is very little difference between workstation and regular graphics cards these days, and the differences no longer have any coherent sense.

My graphics card processes the following OpenCL application 24/7: http://boinc.fzk.de/poem/ What benefit would using a workstation card that has lower FLOP rating make running the same code? Like it or not, it won't process any faster than what I am using.
1 0 [Posted by: mmstick  | Date: 06/19/12 04:41:00 PM]
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Simple answer is - drivers. It is meant to work properly in specific pro software. And usually it means you will get much faster speeds, image quality and stability in these apps.

Hardware wise there are no differences except ECC memory.
0 1 [Posted by: PsiAmp  | Date: 06/17/12 05:41:57 PM]
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FYI, 7950 has ECC memory, and it works perfectly fine in those specific professional software. 3D modeling applications for example.
1 0 [Posted by: mmstick  | Date: 06/19/12 04:41:15 PM]
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You sound like you pray for even more craptastic drivers in consumer segment of DAMNs GPUs-4-GheyMing.

I'm also more than happy for you that you can boinc, crunch and feed your gpu as you wish, but gaming performance cards usually have issues with properly decoding simple video and such nuisances. And it those cases it really doesnt matter how superpowerful crunchers they are if whole lineup of damns cards needs to wait for six or more month on some stupidly simple bug-fichers to be resolved.

Pro community buys WS graphics for their reason an probably way better application support ("as promised" ) and much faster issues resolving on contemporary apps ... And with all that DAMN can put a higher price so when you asked for support on GamingGPU on some app that they consider ProApp they can cut you off and moronically palm face you with "Well, you sir/ma'm require to buy one of ours FireGL card so we could resolve your issue"

It irritatingly stupid where this world spun off ... Just like in story where mighty Intel buys off gazillion patents (http://www.xbitlabs.com/n...ents_for_375_Million.html) just so that they could pull strings in next 20yrs+ when delivering "right tech at the right time".
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