AMD FirePro S9300 X2 is a Radeon Pro Duo for the HPC set

— 9:45 AM on March 31, 2016

AMD's Radeon Pro Duo combines a pair of Fiji GPUs for 16 TFLOPS of workstation-class computing power on the desktop. Today, the red team is taking similar power to the data center with its FirePro S9300 X2. This card combines two fully-enabled Fiji packages, each with 4GB of non-ECC HBM RAM, in a server-friendly form factor. Each GPU runs at 850 MHz. That's good for 13.9 TFLOPS of theoretical FP32 compute performance in a 300W power envelope, according to AnandTech.

As high-performance computing cards go, the S9300 X2 is targeted at applications that need the highest-possible single-precision (or FP32) performance available. FP32 performance is apparently especially important to modeling applications in the oil-and-gas industry. In a wave-equation modeling performance demonstration, AMD says the S9300 X2 can deliver as much as 3.5 times the performance of Nvidia's Tesla K40 and two times as much performance as the Tesla K80. Other applications that might benefit from the S9300 X2 include tasks like deep learning.

The S9300 X2 will be available in the second quarter of 2016 for a suggested price of $6000. It'll complement the FirePro S9100 series, AMD's existing lineup of high-performance computing cards. Those Hawaii-based cards offer HPC-critical features like ECC RAM and fast double-precision performance.

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