http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/11/13 ... le-options
Bulldozer failed, top execs have fled the company en masse over the last 2 years, the only really good part of the company is their ATi graphics division of course...that has been rocking and rolling lately.... and still profitable...rest of the company is not...
It will be sad to see AMD bought up by another company, but business in the IT sector is brutal and a small company like AMD with limited resources stands no real chance against a goliath like Intel. AMD has had the writing on the wall for years now... when they get bought out, I hope they maintain their ATi graphics division ( now called "AMD Radeon division" ) intact and healthy...
Check this new card out!! :
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/12 ... _gpu_card/
AMD fires off crazy-fast FirePro double-whammy GPU card
Aimed at servers and heavy-duty workstations
By Timothy Prickett Morgan • Get more from this author
Posted in HPC , 12th November 2012 23:55 GMT
SC12 AMD, a company that knows a thing or two about building powerful graphics processors, has whipped out a card that has more flops than either Nvidia's K20 high-end GPUs or Intel's x86-based Xeon Phi coprocessors.
That's one sure way to cut through all the noise that Nvidia and Intel are making about their just-released offerings: performance.
Like other double-whammy products out there, whether they're CPUs or GPUs, the FirePro S10000 has to gear back the clock speeds on the "Graphics Core Next" GCN) GPUs on the card so it doesn't overheat or cause the server or workstation into which it is lovingly slipped to burst into flame.
In the Radeon HD 7870 and 7850 cards introduced in March, the GCN GPUs are clocked at 1GHz and 860MHz, respectively. The FirePro S10000 card sports two of AMD's high-end "Tahiti" GPUs spinning at 825MHz.
Each Tahiti GPU has 1,792 stream processors, just like in the single Tahiti GPU used in the existing FirePro S9000 card. But that single-GPU card runs the cores at 900MHz and the GDDR5 graphics memory at 5.5GHz to deliver its 3.23 teraflops of single-precision and 806 gigaflops of double-precision floating point performance.
With the FirePro S10000, not only is the GPU geared down to 825MHz, but the memory is similarly downshifted to 5GHz. The memory interface is 384-bit wide on each GPU, with two blocks of GDDR5 memory yielding a total of 6GB. (This could be a little skinny on the memory for some HPC workloads, given that the S9000 card has 6GB of memory for one Tahiti GPU.) Each GPU can access 240GB/sec of memory bandwidth linking to each 3GB chunk of GDDR5 memory.
Because the card is double-stuffed, it can deliver a very impressive 5.91 teraflops SP and 1.48 teraflops DP in peak floating point oomph.
By doubling up the GPUs on the card, the thermal design point goes up to 375 watts, compared to 225 watts for the single-GPU S9000, and if you are trying to cram as much floppage as you can get into a server or workstation, this is a good tradeoff.
The S9000 costs $2,499 at list price while the S10000 costs $3,599, and if you do the math the S10000 delivers $6.48 per DP teraflops per watt, while a pair of S9000s will give you $6.89 per DP teraflops per watt.
That's not much of an improvement, mind you, but recall that the S10000 takes up only one x16 slot in a server or workstation, and two S9000s will eat up two slots.
The cost of each SP or DP flops is a bit lower with the S10000, too – to be precise, 21.3 per cent. So for companies wanting to build GPU-goosed clusters or workstations, the S10000 is going to be preferred over the S9000 because it eats up less space and delivers better value.
The S10000 is not just a compute engine for OpenCL applications; it's also a video card if you want to use it for visualization. (Or, for some workloads, you might use a bunch of these for compute and then shift over to visualization when the number-crunching is done.)
The S10000 has one DVI port and four Mini DisplayPorts. The card supports AMD's Eyefinity multiple-display feature, but does not support its CrossFire feature, which allows the ganging up of multiple GPUs to drive a single display two, three, or four times faster if you add that many cards. (If you do that, you either don't have children or you are the coolest dad in the neighborhood.)
You have to have a pretty fat power supply to use an S10000, of course, and the question then becomes how many of these FirePro S10000s can you cram into the workstation or the server before the fire marshall comes around.
AMD says that you need a PCI-Express 2.0 or 3.0 x16 slot to use this card, and a 3.0-generation slot is preferable to get the best performance. That means you need a workstation or a server using the Xeon E3-1200 v2 or Xeon E5 processor from Intel, since these are the only machines that support PCI-Express 3.0 at the moment.
You need a box with a 750 watt or higher power supply with two 150 watt PCI-Express AUX 8-pin power connectors. And with three fans needed to cool the card itself, you might want to have a pretty powerful cooling system for your chassis, as well.
Your server or workstation needs to have 2GB of system memory, and you need to be running Linux or Windows Vista, 7, 8, or Server 2008 R2 SP1.
And yes, it can play Crysis. ®
Unless Daamit can pull some magic rabbit out of their hat, they are done and will get taken over... it is too bad because a monopoly is no good for customers for obvious reasons, but AMD just can't get it right lately, and it has been like this ever since the Phenom launch disaster years ago...Phenom II was okay but not enough to save them...Bulldozer, don't get me started...I will never forget owning my first Slot A Athlon 700 Mhz that I managed to overclock to 800 Mhz using a "golden fingers" device, nor that sweet little Socket A Duron 600 Mhz that I got up to 1 Ghz...ah those were the glory days... all good up until Intel released the Core Duo then Core 2 Duo... Intel took off then and never looked back... AMD did not have the manpower or resources to keep up with them. I wonder where AMD would be today if they did have the financial resources and manpower of Intel?? I guess we will never find out...