AMD, today launches their new FirePro professional graphics lineup which includes the new FirePro W7100, FirePro W5100, FirePro W4100 and FirePro W2100 graphics cards. The latest FirePro W7100 graphics card features the latest Tonga GPU core architecture which runs at a sub-150W TDP and features 1792 stream processors which identifies that this is a Tonga Pro variant.
AMD Launches Tonga Powered FirePro W7100 Professional GPU
While AMD has already launched their flagship offerings in the FirePro lineup which include the $2500 US Firepro W8100 based on Hawaii GL-Pro and $4000 US FirePro W9100 based on the full Hawaii GL-XT variant. The latest of the FirePro lineup is based on new and rebranded cores which include Tonga, Bonaire, Cape Verde and Oland. It should be noted that the Tonga GPU is a completely new chip which features 4 triangles/clock geometery boost and is a replacement for the current Tahiti based chips. The consumer variant of the Tonga GPU codenamed the Radeon R9 285 and Radeon R9 285X will arrive in August and Q4 2014 respectively.
The AMD FirePro W7100 Tonga GPU based graphics card features 1792 stream processors configured in 28 compute units. Based on the GCN 1.1 die, the Tonga GPU has 32 Compute Units in total but we are looking at a toned down version which has four CUs disabled resulting in the 1792 SPs variant. The FirePro W7100 like I said has 4 triangles per clock cycle, 32 ROPs, 112 TMUs, L2 cache of 512/1024 KB and a 256-bit memory controller. The W7100 features a 8 GB GDDR5 memory running across a 256-bit bus pumping out a cumulative bandwidth of 160 GB/s and has 12 times the encode performance of W7000 while display outputs include the ability to drive four 4K monitors with Display Port 1.2. The Tonga GPU was always meant to be highly efficient and AMD has toned down its TDP to sub-150W so we can say a TDP of 150W is what's to expect from the consumer Radeon R9 285 variant which goes on sale this month.
From the block diagram comparison posted by Hardware.Fr, we can see that the Tonga GPU houses eight ACE (Asynchronous Compute Units) compared to just two on Tahiti and each shader engine has its own geometry processor and a rasterizer unit which houses 8 Compute Units per block. The Tonga Pro variant has two of these CUs disabled resulting in 1792 stream processors. The Multimedia accelerators block has been updated with the XDMA CrossFire engine and addition of TrueAudio DSPs which deliver the TrueAudio tech. Last we can see a large L2 cache, part of which is blacked out which points that this model doesn't feature the full core but it does have a larger cache compared to Tahiti which may tell why the card is less resilient to bandwidth.
The rest of the lineup include the FirePro W5100 which is a Bonaire XT variant with 12 CUs and 768 stream processors with a sub-75W TDP followed by a FirePro W4100 "Cape Verde Pro" model with 8 CUs and 512 stream processors and lastly, the entry level FirePro W2100 "Oland Pro" with 5 CUs and 320 stream processors. What's more or less confirmed is that the Tonga GPU will have a XT variant with 32 full CUs matching the Radeon R9 280X Tahiti XT in terms of core specifications but we are keen to see how bandwidth will effect its performance since the card does use a cut down bus interface of 256-bit with just 160 GB/s bandwidth compared to 288.0 GB/s bandwidth on the 6 GB Tahiti models.
AMD Tonga and Tahiti Block Diagram Comparison:
AMD Tonga Pro FirePro W7100 Specifications:
||AMD FirePro W2100
||AMD FirePro W4100
||AMD FirePro W5100
||AMD FirePro W7100
||AMD FirePro W8100
||AMD FirePro W9100
||2 GB GDDR5
||4 GB GDDR5
||4 GB GDDR5
||8 GB GDDR5
||8 GB GDDR5
||16 GB GDDR5
|Compute Performance (Single Precision / Double Precision)
||403.2 GFlops/ 25.5 GFlops
||645.1 GFlops/ 40.3 GFlops
||1.43 / 892 GFlops
||4.20 / 2.10
||5.24 / 2.76
AMD FirePro W7100 and FirePro Graphics Card Slides:
AMD Debuts Four New FirePro Professional Graphics Cards
Press Release - AMD today at SIGGRAPH 2014 unveiled new additions to the next generation AMD FirePro professional graphics family -- all designed to provide exceptional application performance for the entry-level workstation user up to the ultra power user, backed by larger memory configurations, top to bottom 4K display support, increased compute performance, application certifications and rock-solid drivers.
AMD took command of professional graphics leadership earlier this year with the exciting introduction of its award winning AMD FirePro W9100 and AMD FirePro W8100 graphics. Now with the introduction of all new AMD FirePro professional graphics cards supported by AMD Graphics Core Next architecture -- AMD FirePro W2100, AMD FirePro W4100, AMD FirePro W5100, and AMD FirePro W7100 -- Computer Aided Design (CAD), video, animation, design and engineering professionals are empowered to work at exceptional levels of detail, speed, productivity, responsiveness and creativity.
"We're excited to unveil the new generation of AMD FirePro professional graphics with improved features to enable more workstation graphics performance and productivity at every level," said David Cummings, senior director and general manager, Professional Graphics at AMD. "This new generation of AMD FirePro graphics will help workstation manufacturers and channel providers to offer powerful, reliable solutions designed to improve application performance and increased productivity to help end users do more."
The next generation AMD FirePro workstation graphics family brings at least 2x more memory, multidisplay 4K leadership, high compute performance, next generation API support and PCIe 3.0 support:
- With 16 GB GDDR5 memory and the ability to support up to six 4K displays, AMD FirePro W9100 professional graphics is AMD's most advanced professional graphics solution available offering the ideal single-GPU solution for the next generation of ultrahigh-resolution visualization environments
- AMD FirePro W8100 professional graphics feature 8 GB of GDDR5 memory and packs up to 4.2 TFLOPS of compute power to accelerate projects beyond just graphics
- An engineering and Media & Entertainment multimedia powerhouse, the 8 GB AMD FirePro W7100 professional graphics is designed to boost performance and support for 4K content, including video playback, editing and transcoding
- With 4 GB of GDDR5 memory and four display outputs on the AMD FirePro W5100 graphics, users can tackle complex models, assemblies, data sets and advanced visual effects with ease
- In a class of its own, AMD FirePro W4100 graphics, including four-display support, is the ideal choice for users who need a performance boost to address their evolving workflows
- Next generation professional graphics start with AMD FirePro W2100 graphics, delivering optimized and certified professional application performance that consumer graphics lack
"With the introduction of next generation AMD FirePro workstation graphics cards, Dell can offer its design and engineering customers outstanding graphics and multi-monitor performance, beneficial graphics memory and outstanding features to help improve their workflows -- whether they need an entry, mid-range or high-end graphics solution," said Andy Rhodes, executive director, Dell Precision workstations. "AMD's solid drivers and application certifications support Dell Precision Workstation customers with high performance, high quality workstations for their designs, models, animations and video productions."
"Offering an expanded choice of AMD FirePro professional graphics cards will help our customers increase their productivity for a variety of mission critical projects including computer aided design and content creation," said Jeff Wood, vice president, Worldwide Product Management, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. "We can rely on AMD FirePro to enable our workstation customers to deliver successful projects knowing that they're backed by the reliability and performance they demand."
In support of the new AMD FirePro professional graphics, AMD will participate in the following activities at SIGGRAPH 2014 in the Vancouver Convention Centre:
- AMD FirePro family of professional graphics will be displayed in the AMD booth (#1023) from August 12 to 14
- Also in the AMD exhibit booth, Solid Angle, a leading provider of rendering software for animation and visual effects, will offer a demonstration entitled "Exploring the Cutting Edge: An Arnold GPU Prototype"
- AMD's graphics executive Richard Huddy will present "Mantle and the Next-Gen Renderers For AMD FirePro With Graphics Core Next" at the Exhibitor Tech Talks at SIGGRAPH 2014 on August 12 and 13
- AMD will host "Monsters in the Orchestra: A Surround Computing VR Experience" in booth ET440 in the Emerging Technologies pavilion, Hall A from August 10 to 14
"Sapphire is proud to be able to offer the complete range of new AMD professional graphics products featuring a host of new features enabling workstation users with increased creativity and productivity," said Adrian Thompson, Corporate VP of Marketing for SAPPHIRE Technology, the Exclusive Global Distribution Partner for AMD FirePro graphics. "These new AMD FirePro professional graphics deliver workstation integrators and end users an exciting choice of performance levels for an extensive array of applications, all supported by certified drivers and powered by OpenCL."
The AMD FirePro W9100 and W8100 graphics are already available for purchase from numerous workstation providers, and the AMD FirePro W2100, W4100 and W5100 graphics will be available In September from AMD global distribution partner SAPPHIRE Technology and major workstation providers. AMD FirePro W7100 graphics will be available in Q4 2014.