The spunky chip designers at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) just launched the company's latest line of GPU work horses, claiming the new FirePro parts are the fastest workstation graphics cards the world has ever seen. Leading the pack is AMD's FirePro W9000, a $3,999 graphics solution that offers 4 TFLOPS of single precision floating point performance, 1 TFLOP double precision, and a GPU that's capable of pumping out 1.95 billion triangles per second.
AMD's FirePro W9000 is equipped with 6GB of GDDR5 memory with ECC support on a 384-bit bus. It has six mini DisplayPort connectors and can drive resolutions up to 4096x2160, AMD says. Target markets for this one include high performance CAD engineers, media designers, and digital signage professionals.
Three other FirePro cards round out the latest additions, including the W8000 ($1,599), W7000 ($899), and the W5000 ($599). The least expensive of the bunch has 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus (but without ECC support) and can deliver 1.3 TFLOPS of single precision and 79.2 GFLOPS of double precision floating point performance.