AMD FirePro S7100X is ready to virtualize blade-server graphics

Virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI, is a hot market for graphics processors right now. AMD's FirePro S7150 and S7150 X2 were the company's first thrust into that market a couple months ago, and now its FirePro S7100X brings the company's Multiuser GPU technology to dense blade servers where even a single- or dual-slot graphics card would occupy too much space.

The FirePro S7100X puts 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and an unspecified AMD GPU on an MXM expansion card with a board power of 100W. Like the FirePro S7150, this passively-cooled card can support up to 16 virtual users. The S7100X also offers the same flexibility in provisioning, all-user OpenGL support, and freedom from per-user licenses as AMD's other FirePro graphics-virtualization products. System administrators can begin purchasing FirePro S7100Xes on board HP Enterprise's ProLiant WS640c Gen9 blade servers now.

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    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    These servers would have a buncha intake and exhaust like this, so with just a heatsink on the GPU calling it passive becomes a bit…Arbitrary? I.e, think of the (poor, but as an example) Xbox 360s coolign, had two rear exhaust fans with nothing directly on the heatsink, couldn’t call that passive.

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      • Puiucs
      • 3 years ago

      there is a difference between system cooling and active cooling on the GPU. don’t confuse the two. even PCs have extra fans to allow for better airflow. and all servers produce a ton of heat that needs to be vented out.

        • tipoo
        • 3 years ago

        Right, my point was that these exist in very high cfm environments, so “passive” with a heatsink still has a lot of air passing over it.

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    That thing looks sweet. (Licks lips.)

    • Waco
    • 3 years ago

    Passively cooled? No. I’m sure there’s a minimum of some very large number of linear feet per minute.

    • kuttan
    • 3 years ago

    This Tonga XT with 2048 SPs a passively-cooled card ? Wow

      • slowriot
      • 3 years ago

      In a climate controlled server room and a number of very loud server chassis fans in front.

        • Puiucs
        • 3 years ago

        that’s because you don’t put just 1 card there. we are talking about many heat sources that can raise the room temperature very fast if there is no cooling.
        it’s like you guys don’t know how large servers operate.

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