AMD FirePro family gets a dose of Graphics Core Next

AMD’s Graphics Core Next GPU architecture has finally come to its FirePro line of professional graphics products. The new FirePro W600 isn’t the fire-breathing monster one might expect, though. Sure, it has multiple heads—six of them, to be exact. The card comes with that many Mini DisplayPort 1.2 outputs and is designed to power multi-screen display walls. Each display out can push a maximum resolution of 4096×2304, and the resolution cap on Eyefinity’s Single Large Surface mode has been raised to 16000×16000 (or 8000×8000 with the Windows Aero interface enabled).

Performing complex rendering at those kinds of resolutions requires a lot of horsepower, but the W600 doesn’t appear to have much on tap. Although it’s based on the GCN architecture, the card looks like it uses the Cape Verde GPU behind the Radeon HD 7700 series. AMD’s press release, presentation slides, and datasheet are missing details on the W600’s ALU count and clock speeds. However, we do know that the W600’s 128-bit memory interface is a perfect match for Cape Verde. That chip features 640 shader ALUs and is found on graphics cards that cost as little as $110.

AMD has confirmed that the W600 has 640 shader ALUs and a 600MHz core clock speed. For reference, the Radeon HD 7750 has an 800MHz core clock.

Why use such a low-end GPU? Power efficiency. The FirePro W600 is a single-slot solution, and AMD makes a big deal about the fact that it consumes less than 75W, allowing it to draw power exclusively from a PCI Express slot. Those attributes should come in handy for extremely large display walls with enough screens to require multiple graphics cards.

Interestingly, the W600 supports multi-stream transport hubs that will allow a single DisplayPort out to fuel up to four 1080p screens. Those hubs will be available this summer and cost $40-100, according to AMD.

To help multi-display configurations look their best, the FirePro W600 can compensate for the presence of screen bezels, and it has an edge-overlap feature designed to create seamless displays with multiple projectors. There are new Eyefinity modes, too: up to six screens can now be arranged in a single horizontal line or vertical tower.

Six-screen configs aren’t cheap, and neither is the FirePro W600. The card is set to sell for $599, or roughly 100 bucks per display output.

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    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Interesting… So if each display supports a four port display port hub, this can support 24 1080p monitors?

    This definitely pertains to a argument I was having with some people on here a couple days ago. I could see this fitting the niche they were describing as opposed to a $800 video card.

    • can-a-tuna
    • 7 years ago

    $599 is not cheap for workstation class GPU? What are you smoking guys there? Same class nvidia solutions (with 2 display outputs) costs like $1000.

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]multi-stream.... DisplayPort... hubs will be available this summer and cost $40-100, according to AMD[/quote<] I want a picture of one. Being held up by a unicorn. Or maybe by one of those AMD booth babes riding a unicorn. Or both of the boothbabes, riding a unicorn, holding onto each other- Never mind; just show me a real, honest, available-for-purchase DisplayPort hub, I'll be happy with that.

      • mczak
      • 7 years ago

      Well this summer 🙂
      That said though I don’t know why you’d want such a hub for this card, would make a lot more sense with some card which doesn’t already have 6 outputs anyway as you still can’t drive more than 6 monitors in total unless I’m mistaken…

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Oh come on, they just didn’t include the $49 shipping and handling charge.

    • ULYXX
    • 7 years ago

    I think Techreport should do some benchmarks on professional cards. Its pretty surprising how few reviews and benchmarks there is around the web for FirePro and Quadros.

    Please TR. Pleeeeease. Mmmmm ::: puppy eyes :::

      • Airmantharp
      • 7 years ago

      While I agree, I don’t really think these things are TR’s forte’. The issue at hand is that they’re designed for a kind of work that only professionals would do, and this gutless card probably isn’t designed to do even that.

      It’s really a high-margin six-port card, taking advantage of the FirePro name.

        • ULYXX
        • 7 years ago

        I think they should try it just once… ^_^

        Whats to lose? They might even make a good splash on the workstation review market seeing how well they review everything else. You are right though, this particular card doesnt appear that epic other than the display port features, but I still got happy that they even mentioned something FirePro. Even if TR stayed within the Entry and Midstream level of workstations and leaving out the Highend $1500-$3000 dollar cards, it would be only kick ass. If not for us people who use Firepro or Quadro, do it for the baby puppies.

    • flptrnkng
    • 7 years ago

    I’d like to see the projector blending (and by the end of the year, display warping) make it to the desktop cards.

    Cheap LED projectors plus this feature = amazing immersive gaming set up.

      • shank15217
      • 7 years ago

      Even if the projectors are cheap, the display area would be quite a setup.. What exactly would AMD have to do to support projector blending, isn’t that more projector dependent? Oh nvm.. so like the opposite of bezel correction, images overlap over projectors, interesting.. just noticed on this site

      [url<]http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/graphics_cards/m_series/powerdesk/edge_overlap/[/url<]

      • anotherengineer
      • 7 years ago

      Ya, 50 man zombie escape pub on CSS would be interesting

    • xeridea
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]allowing it to draw power from exclusively from a PCI Express slot[/quote<] Typo

    • shank15217
    • 7 years ago

    These cards are awesome for Operation Centers, I can see these things everywhere…

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      We’re just investigating FirePro cards for use in our Op Center systems, and these will be a welcome addition.

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