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New Intel 'Grantley' processors may herald Mac Pro update

08/15, 1:35am

Server-quality processor arriving en masse in September with up to 18 cores

Apple's much-lauded 2013 Mac Pro redesign will celebrate its first year of shipping just after Christmas, but that anniversary might bring with it an upgraded version. Intel has announced that its successor processor to the "Romley" series used in the latest Mac Pro will arrive in quantity in September. Furthering the speculation, AMD has begun outing its successors to the W7000/W8000/W9000 FirePro graphics cards, which are roughly equivalent to the custom-made D-series used in the current Mac Pro.

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AMD lists four new additions to FirePro graphics card range

08/12, 1:51pm

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.

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Closer look: Apple Mac Pro AMD FirePro D-Series dual GPUs

04/11, 5:43am

AMD FirePro D-Series power the Mac Pro to new performance highs

One of the many exciting new features of the Mac Pro (late 2013) is Apple's choice to opt for dual AMD FirePro workstation GPUs as standard fitment, which certainly caught the eye of many observers. The previous generation Mac Pros included the option to fit dual CPUs, but as you can tell from the radical external redesign of the Mac Pro that Apple has fundamentally rethought its approach to the Mac workstation. Apple has chosen to adopt a dual-GPU configuration as standard fitment to leverage the massive processing power in GPU architecture. The biggest performance gains in certain professional applications come through harnessing the processing power in GPUs, rather than the CPU. To this extent, Apple has worked closely with AMD to develop three custom GPU solutions for the Mac Pro, to help Mac users tap into the power of AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) microarchitecture for parallel processing using the OpenCL framework.

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In-depth analysis on new Mac Pro finds it's a bargain

12/31, 10:18pm

HP, Lenovo unable to match Apple on price, performance

A lengthy analysis of the new Mac Pro by hardware enthusiast site Anandtech has found that Apple's latest desktop not only offers a design that is unmatched in the industry, but that its mix of custom features (like Thunderbolt 2 support on the motherboard and special dual FirePro graphics cards) and low price (for a workstation of this caliber) make it a compelling option for creative professionals, and cheaper than other manufacturers' options.

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HP intros massive VantagePoint multi-touch wall

01/16, 6:30pm

11x4 foot video wall features augmented reality

HP has unwrapped a super-sized interactive display wall. The VantagePoint combines six high-resolution displays to create a seamless 11-foot by 4-foot (132-inch diagonal) screen. HP sees multiple applications for the wall including executive briefing centers, showrooms, retail, financial services, automotive, airline, home goods, and government.

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Dell Precision M6600 arrives in the UK ahead of schedule

05/02, 11:40am

Dell Precision M6600 now shipping in the UK

The Dell Precision M6600 desktop PC that's due to ship on May 10 is now available for purchase in the UK. The 17.3-inch notebook has some high-end options, including a quad-core 2.5GHz Core i7, as much as 16GB of RAM, 512GB of solid state storage space and a 2GB NVIDIA Quadro 4000M graphics processor. A 1080p display with multi-touch support is another high-priced option.

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Specs for Dell Precision M4600, M6600 notebooks leaked

04/25, 5:35pm

Dell Precision M4600, M6600 notebook specs leaked

The Dell Precision M4600 and M6600 mobile workstations first seen in February have now received more tech specs thanks to an online manual, though it's since been removed. The 15.6-inch M4600 and 17-inch M6600 can be optioned up to Intel's Quad Extreme 2920XM Core i7, rated at 2.5GHz, and as much as 32GB of RAM. The smaller, 6.3lb notebook gets a 1GB AMD FirePro M5950 GPU that can be upgraded to a 2GB NVIDIA Quadro 2000M.

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HP intros new Elitebook w notebooks, Z210 desktops

04/13, 7:20am

New HP notebook range features high-end graphics

HP has added two new product ranges to its lineup in new the Elitebook w series notebooks and an expanded Z Workstation line, the Z210 series. The new w series, which is to signify that they are mobile workstations, includes the HP EliteBook 8760w, 8560w and 8460w. As one might expect of desktop replacement notebooks, the new range is highly specified and incorporate graphics options including a choice of the AMD FirePro or NVIDIA Quadro with up to 4GB of dedicated VRAM available on the 8760w. Intel Sandy Bridge, second-gen Core i7 or Core i5 power the devices.

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AMD puts out FirePro 2270, V5800 DVI pro graphics

01/31, 4:25pm

AMD outs two graphics cards for professionals

AMD on Monday introduced the FirePro 2270 and FirePro V5800 DVI graphics cards meant for professionals, specifically those in the medical, financial, design and engineering fields. Both have low power consumption and deliver multi-display capabilities. The 2270 is AMD's only low-profile, passively-cooled graphics card that can support dual displays and triple set support.

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Dell Latitude E6x20 leaks with Sandy Bridge, giant battery

12/10, 12:40pm

Dell Latitude E6x20 and Precision Mx600 leak out

Dell is planning to upgrade many of its pro notebooks to take advantage of Intel's Sandy Bridge processors and other breakthroughs, according to multiple leaks. The Latitude E6420 and E6520 would be direct replacements for the existing, respective 14- and 15.6-inch model that would both use faster processors. The Dell Lab insider doesn't list specs for the E6420 but said the E6520 would have chips ranging from a dual 2.1GHz Core i3 through to dual 2.7GHz and quad 2.3GHz Core i7 options.

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AMD ships 4GB ATI FirePro V9800 graphics card

09/09, 7:05pm

AMD outs powerhouse ATI FirePro V9800 card

AMD has revealed its newest workstation-class graphics card, the ATI FirePro V9800. It flaunts 4GB of GDDR5 RAM and 1,600 stream processors, while supporting maximum resolutions of 2,560x1,600 at 60Hz. The design is an evolution of the FirePro V8800, with double the RAM and improvements in power and efficiency.

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AMD axes ATI brand for graphics

08/30, 8:10am

AMD to use own name for video from 6000 series on

AMD on Monday confirmed that it will drop the ATI label from its graphics chips. Starting with future devices, all video will be characterized as AMD Radeon or AMD FirePro parts. A briefing for HotHardware explained that the arrival of Fusion CPU/graphics hybrid chips like the Bobcat could be confusing, since both technologies will be on the same core.

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ATI FirePro 2460 touts four Mini DisplayPort outputs

04/26, 6:45pm

New ATI FirePro promises four displays, one card

AMD signaled a new direction for its workstation-class cards today by unveiling the ATI FirePro 2460 Multi-View. The card is unique in the pro world in carrying four Mini DisplayPort connectors and can use all four at once depending on the configuration, including merged into one or two displays using Eyefinity. It only has 512MB of display memory but can still drive up to three 30-inch displays at once.

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AMD intros ATI FirePro with Radeon HD 5000 tech

04/07, 8:45am

ATI FirePro V8800 packs DX11, Eyefinity

AMD today brought its most recent graphic core to the workstation field by launching the ATI FirePro V8800. It supports hardware tessellation and other DirectX 11 (or OpenGL 4.0) features as the Radeon HD 5000 series, but with workstation-optimized hardware and software. The core pushes up to 2.6 teraflops of computing power and becomes especially convenient for pros with Eyefinity, as even a single card has four DisplayPort outputs that can combine to form larger-resolution virtual displays.

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HP EliteBook 8740w touts Core i7, USB 3.0

03/24, 7:25am

HP ups 17-inch mobile flagship with 2010 tech

HP this morning overhauled its most powerful EliteBook to take advantage of new leaps in technology. The 8740w packs Core i5 and i7 processors, up to the quad-core 1.73GHz Core i7. Reinforcing the speed image are a pair of USB 3.0 ports for fast external drives and much more powerful graphics that include either a Quadro FX 2800M, Quadro FX 3800M or FirePro M7820.

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Leak shows HP EliteBook with next-gen ATI FirePro graphics

02/01, 11:25am

ATI FirePro M5800 leaked in HP EliteBook specs

An online spec sheet (PDF) reveals that the recently updated EliteBook 8540w will get optional ATI graphics processing in the form of the future FirePro M5800 in addition to a few options from NVIDIA. The ATI offering is part of the chipmaker's workstation-grade graphics line for notebooks. It's expected to be based on the ATI Mobility Radeon 5830 or 5850 chipset and sports 1GB of RAM.

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Dell Precision M6500 boasts Core i7 Extreme [U]

12/01, 7:30am

Dell M6500 also gets Quadro FX 3800M video

(Updated with pricing) Dell today upgraded its most powerful notebook line today by launching the Precision M6500. The new mobile workstation updates to Core i7 quad-core processors and scales up to a 2GHz Core i7 Extreme. It claims an additional performance crown as the first notebook anywhere to use NVIDIA's Quadro FX 3800M, supplying an extra level of speed beyond the 3700M in 3D rendering.

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AMD preps ultra high-end FirePro V8750 graphics

07/28, 7:50am

AMD ATI FirePro V8750

AMD on Tuesday revealed a new flagship professional workstation card. The ATI FirePro V8750 has the same 800 shader (visual effect) units as the company's fastest Radeon HD cards but excels in sheer memory performance: the card comes with 2GB of GDDR5 graphics memory that handles a peak 115.2GB per second. The bandwidth is about 30 percent more than an NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 but is estimated to be between 56 and 118 percent faster for high-end 3D modeling and other tasks that often need large amounts of fast memory.

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HP ships workstations with dual six-core Opterons

07/01, 8:45am

HP xw9400 6-Core Opteron

HP today stepped up the power of its xw9400 workstations with the addition of AMD's six-core Opteron 2400 series to the mix. Also nicknamed Istanbul, the chips give a system as many as 12 cores. HP maintains AMD's view that the chips offer about 34 percent more performance per watt when compared to earlier quad-cores, which often use the same amount of energy.

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ATI intros pro-grade FirePro V7750 GPU

03/27, 10:00am

ATI FirePro V7750 GPU

AMD on Thursday announced the availability of the ATI FirePro V7750 graphics accelerator meant for graphics professionals in the engineering, digital content creation or scientific fields. The 3D graphics accelerator improves on the earlier FireGL V7700 with 1GB of frame buffer memory and OpenGL 3.0 support; it also gets a familiar 128-bit memory controller, a 30-bit display pipeline as well as 320 stream (visual effects) processors. PCI Express 2.0 support gives it more bandwidth on newer mainboards.

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AMD outs quad-display ATI FirePro 2450 video

03/09, 8:25am

AMD ATI FirePro 2450

AMD on Monday catered to multi-display power users by launching the FirePro 2450. The board is one of the few small, slim video cards to support four displays and can attach as many as four DVI or VGA displays at once, even at 1920x1200 resolution. AMD considers it an option for stock market trackers and others who need as many screens as possible without the space or cost requirements of multiple video cards.

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AMD takes Radeon 4K graphics to FirePro line

09/11, 7:55am

AMD FirePro V8700 V3750

AMD today updated its FirePro workstation-class cards to include the same technology as its Radeon HD 4800 series cards. The V8700 uses the same 800 shader (effects) processors and GDDR5 memory as the Radeon HD 4870 but tunes the peripheral for digital video editing, CAD, and other professional work with 30-bit color rendering. The new architecture equates to an approximately 40 percent boost in performance over the earlier V7700, especially for memory-sensitive apps, according to the company.

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AMD kicks off FirePro line of workstation graphics

08/07, 11:25am

AMD FirePro V5700 V3700

AMD on Thursday started up its first new graphics card range in years through the FirePro series. The hardware is based on the company's Radeon HD architecture but is optimized primarily for visual content creation, CAD modeling, and other professional 3D apps. The new cards all have a 30-bit pipeline that renders images internally with as many as one billion colors, preserving the accuracy for very visually rich textures.

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