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Appeared on: Monday, August 27, 2012
AMD Introduces Powerful Server Graphics Processors

AMD today launched the AMD FirePro S9000 and S7000, two powerful dual- and single-slot server graphics cards for compute, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and workstation graphics deployments in data centers.

Equipped with next-generation Graphics Core Next architecture and intelligent AMD PowerTune and ZeroCore Power technologies, the AMD FirePro S9000 and S7000 reduce power consumption by up to 95% at idle, meaning greater savings and reduced operating costs in the data center.

By using the AMD FirePro S9000 and S7000 server graphics, information technology (IT) managers can now address a number of daily data center challenges, while empowering IT professionals to manage intense workloads securely from virtually anywhere in the world at virtually any time. By having the flexibility to set up multiple virtual desktops, scientists, engineers and graphics professionals can have access to accelerated productivity suites including computer aided design (CAD), and media and entertainment (M&E) applications, offering them workstation-class performance in a scalable network environment.

The AMD FirePro S9000 and S7000 server graphics bring improved VDI densities while supporting virtualization technologies from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, making it possible to install multiple graphics cards in a server and support multiple users remotely. Users can also access their desktops from virtually any device of their choosing, from thin clients to laptops, to tablets to smartphones. With Corporate Desktop Replacement running on AMD FirePro S9000 and S7000 server graphics and Microsoft RemoteFX, IT professionals can power multiple end users running common office applications from one GPU installed in a server. These new server graphics cards also support direct GPU pass-through for Citrix XenServer.

AMD FirePro S9000 server graphics provide 4.0 TFLOPs of single precision compute performance, and it is equipped with 6GB GDDR5 frame buffer.

The single-slot AMD FirePro S7000 card is passively cooled, features 154 GB/s of memory bandwidth and 2.4 TFLOPs of peak single-precision floating-point performance. It consumes 150W max power.

The AMD FirePro S9000 server graphics card is available at a MSRP of $2,499 USD and the AMD FirePro S7000 server graphics card is priced at an MSRP of $1,249 USD.

In a separate announcement, AMD also launched today its new AMD Opteron processor-based servers designed for virtualization environments.


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