AMD Announces World’s First 32GB Pro Graphics Card, The FirePro W9100
AMD has just updated their old 16GB FirePro W9100 workstation graphics card to a massive 32GB of memory. With this, the US based chip maker becomes the first company to hit the 32GB GPU mark, at least 32GB in one memory space.
Last month, we reported that Nvidia had surpassed AMD with the launch of its 24GB Quadro M6000 card; however, AMD is now firing back and retakes the “world’s first” claim as its FirePro gets a memory bump. Based on a fully enabled version of its Hawaii GPU, the new W9100 card uses 8GB GDRR5 chips instead of 4GB chips, moving to a 32 x 8Gb configuration.
The specifications outside of memory capacity remain unchanged. The FirePro W9100 consists of 2,816 stream processors, 44 compute units, and runs at the same 930MHz core clock as does the older 16GB model. Further, the card uses a 512-bit memory interface for a total bandwidth of 320GB/s, which means it is designed not to offer loads of local memory, but super-fast memory, too.
According to AMD, the card has a maximum power consumption of 275-watts, and includes 5.24 TFLOPs single precision and a peak 2.62 TFLOPs dual precision floating-point performance.
As for the pricing, the 32GB FirePro W9100 doesn’t come cheap costing $4999 when it launches in Q2 this year through AMD’s usual distribution and OEM partners.
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