updated 01:51 pm EDT, Tue August 12, 2014
New FirePro cards support 4K displays, use Graphics Core Next architecture
AMD has taken to Siggraph 2014 to launch new cards in its FirePro graphics card collection for professional use. A total of four graphics cards have joined the range, going from more basic offerings to high-performance variants, with the FirePro W2100, W4100, W5100, and W7100 all supporting 4K displays, with the group also using AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.
The Oland-based Firepro W2100 is the lowest-powered out of the four, with 320 GCN Stream Processors, dual display support, a 64-bit memory bus width, and 2GB of GPU memory, but it makes up for its shortcomings by having a low 26-Watt maximum power usage, reports Anandtech. The Firepro W4100 doubles the number of display outputs and increases power usage to 50 Watts, but is billed as a mid-ranged card with a Cape Verde GPU offering 512 GCN Stream Processors, 2GB of memory, and a 128-bit memory bus width.
AMD FirePro W2100
Stepping up to the higher end of the range, the W5100 doubles the GDDR5 GPU memory to 4GB, and thanks to its 768 GCN Stream Processors, is able to perform at 1.4 teraflops at its peak. Boasting up to 96GB/s of memory bandwidth, the Bonaire GPU card offers the same four 4K outputs as the W4100, and is capable of rending up to 2 million triangles via Geometry Boost.
The fastest of the four cards, the Tonga-based FirePro W7100, offers 1792 GCN Stream Processors paired with 8GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit memory bus. While AMD did not elaborate on its compute performance, it is apparently able to process four triangles per clock under Geometry Boost, double that of its predecessor, the W7000.
AMD is planning to ship the FirePro W2100, W4100, and W5100 from September, with the W7100 shipping in the fourth quarter.