AMD FirePro W8100 Makes An Appearance At Computex – Allegedly Based On Hawaii Pro GPU With 2560 Cores

AMD FirePro W8100 Makes An Appearance At Computex – Allegedly Based On Hawaii Pro GPU With 2560 Cores

AMD’s professional FirePro W8100 made an appearance at Computex 2014 prior to its launch next month. The card was spotted by VR-Zone running in the Dell T7600 Workstation computer at AMD’s booth and technical specifications of the card have also been detailed.

AMD FirePro W8100 Makes An Appearance At Computex

A few months ago, AMD launched their high-performance FirePro W9100
professional graphics card featuring the Hawaii XT core and 16 GB of
GDDR5 memory. The FirePro W9100 replaced its Tahiti XT predecessor, the
FirePro W9000. The upcoming FirePro W8100 which is allegedly based on
the Hawaii Pro graphics chip would replace the Tahiti Pro based AMD
FIrePro W8000 graphics card. The FirePro W8100 would be priced similar
to the introductory cost of the W8000 around $1599 US and would feature
the compute enhancements of AMD GCN core architecture.

VR-Zone, who spotted the FirePro W8100 reports that the card is based
on the Hawaii Pro GPU architecture which would mean it features 2560
stream processors along with an 8 GB GDDR5 memory. The core clock is
maintained at 824 MHz which results in 4.2 TFlops Single Precision and
2.1 TFlops Double Precision compute performance compared to 5.24 Tera
Flops of Single-Precision and 2.67 TFlops of Double-Precision
performance delivering on the FirePro W9100. The FirePro W9100 also
costs a lot more than what the W8100 would cost around $4000 US but
comes with the fully enabled Hawaii XT architecture packing 2816 Stream
processors, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs. With 1/2 FP64 rate the card churns out
impressive compute performance which enables content creators and
professionals to harness the full power of the Hawaii chip.

Now here’s the interesting part, it was shown in a leaked Catalyst file that AMD’s upcoming Tonga GPU
which is said to be highly efficient and soon replacing the Tahiti
graphics processing unit would actually be featured in the AMD’s FirePro
W8100 graphics card. Videocardz has
some details regarding this and they firmly believe that the FirePro
W8100 would indeed end up with a Tonga GPU which in the case would
deliver not as much performance as the Hawaii GPU but overall better
performance than the W8000. Since Tonga GPU comes with 32 Compute Units
that include 2048 Stream processors, the card would deliver 3.37 TFlops
of single prevision performance. The card was leaked by accident so AMD
just won’t tell us the specifications yet and it remains to be seen if
AMD would go with Hawaii or Tonga GPU for their FirePro W8100 graphics
card. The former seems like a better choice at the same price as last
generation since it offers more performance.

The design of the card is similar to the FirePro W9100 featuring a
dual slot heatsink with a backplate that hides the red PCB. Power is
delivering through dual 8-Pin connectors while display outputs include
four standard Display Port 1.2 ports. The card would be aimed against
the NVIDIA’s Quadro K5000 which is the main opponent at the same price

AMD Hawaii FirePro W9100 Specifications:

AMD FirePro W8100 AMD FirePro W9000 AMD FirePro W9100
GPU Hawaii/Tonga GL-Pro Tahiti GL-XT Hawaii-GL XT
Compute Units 40 / 32 32 44
Stream Processors 2560 / 2048 2048 2816
Texture Units TBC 128 176
ROPs TBC 32 64
Core Clock 824 MHz 975 MHz TBC
Memory Clock TBC 1375 MHz TBC
Memory Size 8 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR5 16 GB GDDR5
Memory Bus 512-bit / 384-bit 384-bit 512-bit
Compute Performance (Single Precision / Double Precision) TBC 3.99 / 1.00 5.24 / 2.76

AMD FirePro W8100 AMD FirePro W8100 2

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