AFDS — In his end-of-AFDS keynote today, AMD’s Mark Papermaster showed an impressive-looking professional graphics card with a triple-fan cooler. Papermaster referred to the card as the FirePro W9000, which is meant to be a top-of-the-line, Tahiti-based product (think a pro version of the Radeon HD 7970). The W9000’s specs are detailed in the following slide:
There’s just one problem. The card in Papermaster’s hands looked quite a bit different:
On my way to the airport this afternoon, I asked AMD’s Dave Erskine for clarification. He told me the card Papermaster held up was actually a "dual-GPU product that will be released later this year." That’s all Erskine said. Based on the size of the cooler and the launch time frame, though, it’s probably safe to assume this bad boy’s dual GPUs will be of the Tahiti variety.
Which, of course, raises the question: will we see a consumer dual-Tahiti card? I’d say that’s fairly likely, given that AMD evidently has a PCB and a cooler ready, and Nvidia recently rolled out its GeForce GTX 690 with dual Kepler GPUs. AMD could always choose to restrict the dual-Tahiti solution to its professional lineup, but it may just as well unleash a Radeon HD 7970 X2 in the not-too-distant future. Keep your eyes peeled.