AMD FirePro S9150 and S9050 Server GPU's Preview




12th August 2014
AMD have announced the introduction of two new Server GPU's, which it claims are the most powerful GPU's every released for server use.

Power
Although they have a mighty appetite for power at above 200W consumption they also have a huge amount of on board memory with the S9150 having 16GB GDDR5 memory with a 512 bit memory interface. Although lower in specification the S9050 still weighs in with 12GB GDDR5 memory, with a lower 384-bit memory interface.

AMD FirePro S9150 GPU features
  • 5.07 TFLOPS of peak single-precision floating point performance
  • Maximum 2.53 TFLOPS peak double-precision compute performance
  • 16GB GDDR5 memory, 512-bit memory interface, up to 320 GB/s memory bandwidth
  • 2,816 stream processors (44 GCN compute units)
  • ECC Memory support
  • Ready to support OpenCL 2.04
  • 235W maximum power consumption
  • AMD STREAM technology
  • PCIe x16 dual slot form factors and passive thermal solutions support
  • OpenMP 4.0 support
AMD FirePro S9050 GPU features
  • 12GB GDDR5 memory, 384-bit memory interface, up to 264 GB/s memory bandwidth
  • 1,792 stream processors (28 GCN compute units)
  • ECC Memory support
  • Ready to support OpenCL 2.04
  • 225W maximum power consumption
  • AMD STREAM technology
  • PCIe x16 dual slot form factors and passive thermal solutions support
  • OpenMP 4.0 support
Commenting on the release David Cummings, senior director and general manager, professional graphics, AMD said, “Today’s supercomputers feature an increasing mix of GPUs, CPUs and co-processors to achieve great performance, and many of them are being implemented in an environmentally responsible manner to help reduce power and water consumption. Designed for large scale multi-GPU support and unmatched compute performance, AMD FirePro S9150 ushers in a new era of supercomputing. Its memory configuration, compute capabilities and performance per watt are unmatched in its class, and can help take supercomputers to the next level of performance and energy efficiency.”

Our Opinion
We have always been a big fan of AMD and their venture into graphics in 2006 was a bold move that has proven to be a good one. We are always pleased to see more than one company pushing the boundaries, it is a sure way to prevent stagnation in a market place.

With AMD being so successful in the Graphics market, whether it be APU's or GPU's we have to wonder how much of this will damage the consumer CPU marketplace. We just hope that Intel's seemingly complacent attitude gives AMD a boost and we can see a marked increase in all sectors and not just the business/server one.

However, with graphics being am expanding marketplace for AMD we may have to wait for a while.

AMD
AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) are a Processor Design and Manufacturing company, they are most well known for their ranges of Desktop PC Processors but also supply Mobile and Server Processors. The latter being primarily for cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD devices are used everywhere from the smallest PC to state of the art Super Computers. Their purchase of ATI in 2006 has led to AMD developing CPU's that not only do normal processing functions but also graphics processing functions within a single chip.


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