Wednesday, December 2nd 2015

AMD Announces the FirePro W4300 Professional Graphics Card

Today at Autodesk University 2015, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) unveiled the AMD FirePro W4300 for the best Computer-Aided Design (CAD) performance that fits both small form factor (SFF) and tower workstations. The AMD FirePro W4300 card expertly integrates a powerful GPU and 4GB of GDDR5 memory within a low-profile design for installation in SFF as well as full-sized systems. Organizations can now confidently simplify their IT management by standardizing on a single, capable professional graphics solution throughout their workstation deployment.

The AMD FirePro W4300 professional graphics card is optimized for the latest CAD applications including Autodesk AutoCAD, Inventor as well as Revit, Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS and CATIA, PTC Creo, Siemens NX, and many more. Engineering professionals can efficiently work with large geometry-intense models and apply GPU-accelerated features in their projects, such as the new Order Independent Transparency (OIT) mode supported in SOLIDWORKS. Users can help increase productivity by visualizing their workflows across up to six displays, and up to 4K and 5K resolution.
"We designed the AMD FirePro W4300 specifically for CAD," said Sean Burke, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. "CAD users rely on AMD FirePro graphics cards to enable their application features to best visualize their designs, and now can continue to do so without having to compromise by using the latest energy efficient, small form factor workstations."

Based on AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture to optimize utilization and maximize performance, the AMD FirePro W4300 card features:
  • 4GB GDDR5 GPU memory for large projects helping to improve workflow application responsiveness.
  • AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology2 that allows the use of up to six ultra-high resolution displays, helping users to multitask across multiple applications and displays with ease.
  • Four DisplayPort 1.2a connections standard (with support for up to six DisplayPort monitors via MST-enabled hub) and AMD FreeSync technology3 that enables GPU control of the display refresh rate for tear-free display updates, critical for media and entertainment applications and workflows.
  • OpenCL 2.0 support enabling developers to take advantage of new features that give GPUs more freedom to do the work they are designed to do.
  • Unique power monitoring and management technologies plus the maximum power consumption of 50W in a low-profile form factor. AMD PowerTune technology4 dynamically optimizes GPU power usage and AMD ZeroCore Power technology4 significantly reduces power consumption at idle.
  • Certification on more than 100 different applications for improved performance and reliability, including the most popular design and engineering and media and entertainment applications. AMD FirePro professional graphics drivers are released several times each year and include performance and feature improvements.
The AMD FirePro W4300 professional graphics card is currently in production -- contact local distributors for availability. Availability from major workstation OEMs is planned for 2016.
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8 Comments on AMD Announces the FirePro W4300 Professional Graphics Card

#1
Dammeron
MiniDP ports... I have constant problems with those, cause the plug is a bit loose, so when I touch the cable it can disconnect some contact points and end up with a black screen for a moment.

I prefer to have normal DP - that one at least fits tightly.
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#2
happita
Very strange. Professional video cards usually come with insane amounts of VRAM in their configurations. This Firepro W4300 only has 4GB? Even if it is a small form factor, it just doesn't make any sense.
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#3
Ferrum Master
Dammeron said:
MiniDP ports... I have constant problems with those, cause the plug is a bit loose, so when I touch the cable it can disconnect some contact points and end up with a black screen for a moment.

I prefer to have normal DP - that one at least fits tightly.
You have to tie them and make bus like ribbons... Also... such problems are usually common with cheap cables, also some OEM ones...
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#4
okidna
happita said:
Very strange. Professional video cards usually come with insane amounts of VRAM in their configurations. This Firepro W4300 only has 4GB? Even if it is a small form factor, it just doesn't make any sense.
Maybe because this is the low end Firepro (3rd from the lowest version).
Based on Bonaire Pro core (768 SP), with only 128 bit memory bus width I don't think higher amount of VRAM will improve its performance.
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#5
Dammeron
Ferrum Master said:
You have to tie them and make bus like ribbons... Also... such problems are usually common with cheap cables, also some OEM ones...
Like a Lindy cable is a cheap one. :P

The problem lies in the plug - there's no system to hold it in tightly, so it swivels a bit, but that bit is enough to screw the screen. :)
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Ferrum Master
Dammeron said:
Like a Lindy cable is a cheap one. :p

The problem lies in the plug - there's no system to hold it in tightly, so it swivels a bit, but that bit is enough to screw the screen. :)
I was using the same miniDP port for 3 years... I've managed to hit out the place only twice while cleaning around.
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#7
Musaab
Isn't it a little late to use Radeon HD 7790 which is almost three years old chip (22/March/2013) in professional card?
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#8
okidna
Musaab said:
Isn't it a little late to use Radeon HD 7790 which is almost three years old chip (22/March/2013) in professional card?
It's a common practice. When you have a lot of chips lying around, why not try to turn them into money?

To be fair NVIDIA also do something like this, for example last year (2014) they released Quadro K420 which based on GK107, a 2 years old (2012) Kepler chip.
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