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Monday, 18 April 2016


AMD updates FirePro W9100 with 32GB GDDR5 to spark VR content creation

This is shaping up to be a big year for virtual reality, though not just on the consumer side with headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. On the developer side, we've already seen some VR-ready workstation solutions arrive, and you can add an updated FirePro W9100 graphics card from AMD to the pile.

AMD doubled the amount of onboard GDDR5 memory to 32GB, making the FirePro W9100 the world's first workstation graphics card to offer content creators and professional graphics artists such a large memory buffer.

"The imagination of the creator is limitless, so much so that the professional creator consumes all available resources to produce new and never before seen designs and experiences. Some professional creative workflows demand very high bandwidth memory subsystems while others demand high memory size. AMD pioneered the era of High Bandwidth and Ultra Efficient Memory through the introduction of HBM technology in 2015 and will bring it to content creators with the introduction of Radeon Pro Duo graphics. With the new AMD FirePro W9100 32GB, AMD is unleashing the world’s largest memory size professional workstation graphics card," said Raja Koduri, senior vice-president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD.

It was only a month ago that Nvidia launched its Quadro M6000 with 24GB of GDDR5 memory. AMD leapfrogs back in front in the race to offer the most onboard memory, which it accomplished by swapping out the original FirePro W9100's 4Gb GDDR5 memory chips with 8Gb GDDR5 memory chips. All other specs are the same—the FirePro W9100 boasts 2,816 stream processors, 176 texture units, 64 ROPs, a 512-bit memory bus, and a core clockspeed of 930MHz.

AMD's pushing the VR angle with this card, and toward that end, it also introduced its FireRender plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max, which enables VR content creators to play with photorealistic rendering and enhanced 4K workflows. Outside of VR content creation, the FirePro W1900 is a powerful card for CAD work, virtualization, and other professional grade tasks.

The FirePro W9100 with 32GB of GDDR5 memory will be available this quarter for $4,999 MSRP.

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  1. Hey bro,
    I want to build a gaming pc under ₹60k. Can u pls suggest me specs...

    1. Hello,
      For a 60K budget I'd suggest you get a skylake build since it'll be future proof, the specification would be as follows --

      Processor: Intel i5 6500 3.5Ghz LGA 1151 Rs. 16500
      Motherboard: Motherboard: ASUS B150M-A D3 Rs. 8000
      RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB 2400Mhz (2 x 4GB) DDR4 Rs. 3600
      HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB Rs. 3500
      Graphics card: MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G Rs. 20000
      PSU: Antec VP650PC Rs. 4500
      Case: Cooler Master Force 500 Mid Tower Rs. 3500

      This is a great gaming configuration and will work flawlessly with any title you'll run on it at 1080p.
      Feel free to ask any further questions.

  2. Hey,
    Is this motherboard supports DDR4 ram????

    1. All LGA 1151 motherboards support DDR4 RAM so yes this one does aswell.

    2. Both on processor aswell as motherboards.

    3. Bro motherboard is compatible with DDR3/DDR3L MEMORY..

    4. Sorry my bad I missed out upon that.
      The motherboard will no support a DDR4 memory so I suggest you go for the Asus H170 Pro instead at 10K sine it has support for 2133Mhz of DDR4 memory.