Equipped Hawaii GPU, AMD FirePro W9100 workstation graphics card with a professional test

Aug

3

2014

AMD , DIY components testing , feature articles , news , product testing , display card

AMD FirePro W9100 is equipped with a 16GB memory flagship professional 3D workstation graphics cards.

Last year we had to GCN architecture as the base for the FirePro W9000 tested, with later use GCN 2.0 architecture Hawaii GPU launch, but in the professional field portion of graphics cards, may be due to the update needs no imagination to be fast, we first see the MAC After PRO uses customized FirePro D series, mining saw FirePro W9100 launch.

Quick refresher FirePro W9100 specifications, using Hawaii GPU, with a 2816 SP, single / double precision floating point operations up to 5.24 / 2.62 TFLOPs, 512bit memory bus with a massive 16GB of GDDR5 memory offers 320GB / s high bandwidth, it is possible to provide adequate correlation operation at 4K of memory and bandwidth. Overall power consumption is about work 275W, the power consumption than similar specifications of the Radeon R9 290X lower.

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Section shows the card body, we have made and the desktop version of the same is the public version of the same axial fan design on the same configuration FirePro W9000 with our earlier tests, I / O equipped with six mini-DisplayPort 1.2, you can set up six Screen Eyefinity. 3-pin DIN upper right part is as HD3D PRO connection interface. The power supply portion is moved to the rear, and the power part of the original is to provide FirePro S400 synchronization module for various output signal 3D rendering and synchronization.

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Apart to open the BIOS can see the removed switch, because Hawaii GPU does not need to cheat to be CF, and therefore at the original Goldfinger also removed. With relations 16GB of memory, video cards have memory on both sides particles; parts and consistent supply of luxury, style digitally using DirectFET power, MOS Driver moved to the back for cooling, GPU Core + VRAM power supply configured for 5 + two phases.

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Test methods, in accordance with our usual tests, preparing the same for Hawaii GPU desktop-class graphics card Radeon R9 290X to control. In addition, we will also use the figure last FirePro W9000, Radeon HD 7970 test data, but it should be noted that because the test platform configuration and use the drive versions of the reason, the effectiveness of the performance will be slightly different, so for reference purposes only .

Test Platform:
CPU: Intel Core i7-4820K @ 4500MHz 1.28v
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV GENE
Memory: Samsung DDR-1600 4GB x 2 @ 2133MHz
Power Supply: THORTECH Thunderbolt 1200W
Storage devices: Samsung 840 PRO 128 GB
Display card / driver version: FirePro W9100 / 13.352.1012

Radeon R9-290X / Catalyst 14.4

FirePro W9000 / 8.982.8.1

Radeon HD 7970 GE / 9.2.0.0
SPECviewperf 11

SPECviewperf 11 provides the test simulation LightWave, CATIA, EnSight, Maya, Pro / ENGINEER, SolidWorks, TCVIS, Simens NX and other industry-standard graphics, visual simulation, 3D computing and other environments.

Test conditions were in the anti-aliasing (AA) is closed, and the next eight times anti-aliasing for testing. (Vertical axis is the name of the sub-tests)
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Apart suit SPECviewperf, we carried out by using the same developed SPECapc SPEC tissue tests.

We had previously A320M test workstation platforms mentioned differences between the two, SPECapc in favor of the concept of pre-script, so the real tools to standardize testing procedures and export test results to quantify, can be said to be closest to the real Performance world performance. This time we chose Lightwave, PTC Creo, MAYA, SIMENS NX, as well as commonly used in the CAD / CAM Solidworks 2013 and other SPECapc script for testing.

SPECapc for Creo 2.0: CREO 2.0 was developed to replace the PTC PRO / E design solutions covering 2D, 3D design and modeling capabilities. (Vertical axis is the name of the sub-tests)

▼ SPECapc for Creo 2.0: CREO 2.0.
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SPECapc for Maya 2012: renowned 3D animation, rendering software.

▼ SPECapc for Maya 2012. (Vertical axis is the name of the sub-tests)
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▼ SPECapc for LightWave 9.6 (the name of the child test vertical axis)
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▼ SPECapc for Siemens NX8 (vertical axis is the name of the sub-tests)
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Also in this test, we added a new SolidWorks 2013’s SPECapc script, Soildworks is quite important industrial CAD / CAM software, where the majority of users, but because Realview function SPECapc for Solidworks 2013 within the script has limited the scope of OPENGL support, so it is locked support fewer Radeon R9 290X is unable to be tested, and this is now a professional card and consumer-level graphics card the most important points of difference.

▼ SPECapc for Solidworks 2013 (the name of the child test vertical axis)
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DirectX section, we use 3DMark 11 and Unigine Heaven test:

▼ 3DMark 11.
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▼ Unigine Heaven.
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OpenCL and DirectCompute part, we are using LUXMARK 2.0 and ComputeMark. Different test items in different colors stripe as the difference:
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Due to the different GPU clock set at, so the need to rely on sheer computing power of general arithmetic test, we get the Radeon R9 290X better than this result FirePro W9100.

Professional testing to see through the SP increase in the number of tests in the majority among us can still see the effectiveness of growth.

But in the test section of SPECapc script we have seen some results contrary to expectations, resulting in some of the tests, the newer W9100 lost W9000 happen; further examination of the same test two consumer-level graphics card scores , but should be returned to the original performance expectations, we suspect possible reason is that the current version of our test drivers are using some of the software may not fine-tuning to the best condition, which led to such a result.

So we can be professional-level graphics card certificate value lies – driver optimization. In professional applications, the drive or not is optimized performance can lead to big changes, and such changes may explain some of the professionals sometimes to upgrade hardware products and one of the reasons are not so positive. But AMD and its partners Sapphire PGS, will be positive for this situation is corrected with the help, I believe that these problems after we tested several Release should have been corrected.

Another is a pity that in this way there is no difference in performance tests conducted detailed display characteristics for 16GB of memory. Perhaps the future will be built FirePro W9100 graphics environment at 4K or 4K video with OPENCL be accelerated, this part of the planning for a more detailed reference to the relevant test readers.

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