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AMD Launches World's Most Powerful Workstation Graphics Line

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Today, AMD launched its latest line of workstation graphics, leading with the AMD FirePro W9000 Graphics Processing Unit -- the most powerful workstation graphics card ever created. The AMD FirePro W9000 GPU features incredible compute, increased memory bandwidth and greater multi-display support performance than the competing solution. Following closely are the AMD FirePro W8000, W7000 and W5000 workstation graphics cards, all built on the AMD Graphics Core Next Architecture, and designed to balance compute and 3D workloads efficiently for computer-aided design and engineering, and for media and entertainment (M&E) professionals.

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wow those APU units look semi impressive depending on what pricepoint they hit!!!
 
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Interesting AMD beat Nvidia GK110 to market with similar specs... by more than a month or more depending on when in Q4 K20 launches.

The AMD FirePro W7000 is only $899 and is slightly slower then the Quadro K10 which sells for $3,437.50+. Thats insane, especially when the W8000 is 4x faster then the K10 at only $1,599.

Guess that puts another piece to the puzzle why Nvidia left out the compute power in the GeForce line, To mark up the Quadro and Tesla line.
 
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Interesting AMD beat Nvidia GK110 to market with similar specs... by more than a month or more depending on when in Q4 K20 launches.

The AMD FirePro W7000 is only $899 and is slightly slower then the Quadro K10 which sells for $3,437.50+. Thats insane, especially when the W8000 is 4x faster then the K10 at only $1,599.

Guess that puts another piece to the puzzle why Nvidia left out the compute power in the GeForce line, To mark up the Quadro and Tesla line.
Speculation mode: Dream.

Linpack or theoretical? Both Intel and AMD, as well as NVIDIA can claim whatever they want... theoretical. We prefer to discuss real numbers. In Linpack, GK110 will probably be the only part with at least 1.2TFLOPS DP, while both Phi and 7970GHz/W9000 don't have their Linpack numbers posted yet.
 
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How powerful is powerful?
 
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There is a reason Nvidia has held 80+ % of professional market for years. Figure it out.
 

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can someone rip the bios?
 
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There is a reason Nvidia has held 80+ % of professional market for years. Figure it out.
Because AMD never bothered with compute power before the 7000 series.

They have quite the advantage right now though. ( at-least until Nvidia release a new card, then in 6 months time AMD will lead, then nvidia and so on just like they do with graphics performance)
 
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Atleast AMD got the advantage of GCN somewhere. This card will definitely beat the Tesla K20 in price/perf and I hope it beats it in performance too. Tesla has long held the gpgpu crown. We need more competition. :rockout:
 
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Speculation mode: Dream.

Linpack or theoretical? Both Intel and AMD, as well as NVIDIA can claim whatever they want... theoretical. We prefer to discuss real numbers. In Linpack, GK110 will probably be the only part with at least 1.2TFLOPS DP, while both Phi and 7970GHz/W9000 don't have their Linpack numbers posted yet.
I almost choked laughing.

You quote a quote who likes to discuss real numbers and then speculates :roll:

Might want to update that quote aswell.
 

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*demands a public apology from those who argued the W9000 was a dual-GPU card*

Just kidding, a simple "I was wrong" will suffice.
 
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You can hear the onslaught of "but it's clearly the drivers!" incoming right now. But that is the whole point isn't it? These cards are available to buy now and if the drivers aren't up to scratch then that is completely unacceptable in this market.
It is bad if it's "just" the drivers (which isn't exactly unlikely), but not as bad as if the cards are that bad, which makes no sense whatsoever. Driver issues are fixable.
 
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From the review:

It's possible ... that some of the applications we tested are older versions that don't take proper advantage of GCN...
I expect that's at the root of the problem. AMD's OpenGL support has been pretty spotty, but they shouldn't have a problem in the Direct3D tests, which they clearly do. This to me could rule out drivers as the culprit, especially considering the amount of time they've had with GCN internally.
 
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Radeon HD 7000 series didnt initially looked impressive with release drivers either until 12.6 came along.

Maybe there Driver support is slow, cant really say but its also curious they didnt pin it up against a Kepler based Quadro rather a Fermi based quadro which ofcourse has a year a driver maturity.

I wonder why they didnt include a Kepler Quadro they've been out awhile now, longest of new architecture professional cards.

On a side note. AMD does have updated drivers to the W series. posted same date release. for benchmark he could have used those that were available aswell to see if there was a issue.
 
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This is the major update since the prev Cards were R5800 series based. I think GCN will shine with Hd 8 series n a rehas of w series will follow.
 

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Speculation mode: Dream.
:toast:

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/AMDs-New-FirePro-W8000-W9000-Challenge-Nvidias-Quadro/?page=9

Performance Analysis:
To be perfectly candid, we found the W8000 and W9000's performance disappointing, and their proposed price/performance ratio isn't so hot either...

...For now, it's difficult to recommend either the W9000 or W8000 for general 3D modeling in any application other than PTC Creo 2.0.


2 years old Quadro 6000 Fermi (GTX470) still better than W9000 (HD7970) LOL
Imagine what GK110 can do :D
 

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2 years old Quadro 6000 Fermi (GTX470) still better than W9000 (HD7970) LOL
Imagine what GK110 can do :D
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