AMD getting serious as it announces new GPUs to take on NVIDIA
AMD is proud to announce its FirePro S7150 and the FirePro S7150 x2. Both workstation GPUs are based on the Tonga architecture and are the company’s first ever, fully hardware virtualized GPU products. Both products will be aimed at the virtualization market with key focus on emerging experiences that include the following:
• Remote workstation
• Cloud gaming
• Cloud computing
• VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure)
Both graphics processors are based on the 28nm process and the first one, FirePro S7150, features 2048 stream processors (much like NVIDIA’s Cuda cores). The card features a hefty 8GB of GDDR5 video RAM that runs along a 256-bit bus interface, along with TDP of just 150W. Power will come from a single 8 pin power connector. However, its retail price is set at $2399 USD. However, we are still not finished because we still have one more graphics adapter.
Coming to the dual-GPU graphics card, FirePro S7150 x2 features two full Tonga chips. Featuring 2048 stream processors just like the single GPU solution, two GPUs mean that they will equal 4096 stream processors on the PCB and the card itself is packing 16 GB of GDDR5 video RAM on a 256-bit bus interface. As for its TDP, AMD FirePro S7150 x2 comes in a 265W package, and unfortunately for those on a budget, this will definitely not be an option because its retail price has been set at $3999 USD.
AMD stated the following in its blog, summarizing the core features of its newly announced products:
“The AMD hardware virtualization GPU product line is another shining example of our commitment to offer customers exceptional cutting edge graphics in conjunction with fundamental API software support,” said Sean Burke, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “We created the innovative AMD FirePro S-series GPUs to deliver a precise, secure, high performance and enriched graphics user experience — all provided without per user licensing fees required to use AMD’s virtualized solution.”
Would you actually end up purchasing one?