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FireStream 9250 delivers eight gigaflops-per-watt performance

AMD announced today that its latest stream processor -- the FireStream 9250 -- offers record setting performance. AMD says that the FireStream 9250 is optimized for high-performance computing, mainstream and consumer applications.

AMD says that its FireStream 9250 has broken the one teraflop barrier for single precision performance. The card itself is a single-slot design and consumes less than 150W of power. The 9250 has performance per watt of up to eight gigaflops per watt.

The FireStream 9250 promises much faster data processing for critical workloads like financial analysis or seismic processing than with the CPU alone. According to AMD, developers have reported up to a 55x performance increase on financial analysis as compared to processing on the CPU alone when using its products.

The 9250 has second-generation double-precision floating point hardware that delivers over 200 gigaflops. The 9250 has built on the capabilities of the FireStream 9170, which according to AMD was the industries first GP-GPU. Memory for the FireStream 9250 is 1GB of GDDR3. AMD also provides an AMD Stream SDK to help developers take advantage of the processing power of its FireStream products.

 “An open industry standard programming specification will help drive broad-based support for stream computing technology in mainstream applications," said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, Graphics Product Group, AMD. "We believe that OpenCL is a step in the right direction and we fully support this effort. AMD intends to ensure that the AMD Stream SDK rapidly evolves to comply with open industry standards as they emerge."

The AMD FireStream 9250 will be available in Q3 2008 for $999. The AMD FireStream 9170 retails for $1,999. AMD’s main rival, NVIDIA also has its own stream processing initiative with the product line called Tesla.

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RE: RV770
By ecktt on 6/16/2008 6:34:10 PM , Rating: 0
I do believe you are wrong about everything except the 1Ghz part and I'm not even sure about the 1GHz being correct either.

RE: RV770
By KernD on 6/16/08, Rating: -1
RE: RV770
By Warren21 on 6/16/2008 10:55:02 PM , Rating: 2
I am pretty sure the GTX 280 is 986 GFLOPS, if you want to be really anal.

RE: RV770
By Warren21 on 6/16/2008 10:55:37 PM , Rating: 2
Also, I think the HD 3870 X2 was 1TFLOP.

RE: RV770
By MAIA on 6/17/2008 10:35:55 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah the HD 3870 X2 was 1 teraflop. But it's not a GP-GPU, which is what i think we're discussing here ...

RE: RV770
By MAIA on 6/17/2008 10:22:53 AM , Rating: 2
AMD is just bragging instead of doing what it should, giving NVidia some competition at the top end of graphic.

This idea is rather pathetic. Quite the opposite: why employing resources to fight in a niche market in which revenues and sales are laughable ? It's ok to keep any company pride on the rise, but really nowadays it makes no sense anymore to invest in such a market like nvidia does.

ATI/AMD is going diverse with its production instead of creating monolithic products which have insane production costs. I mean, for what ? 10-15 of market share ? LOL They can get greater market share margins somewhere else much easier than in the enthusiast market.

I remember the NVidia architecture is better at being close to it's spec in real world usage.


I don't understand this sentence, but anyway. The specs say 945 (if I'm not mistaken) Gflops for the 280. That's not 1 teraflop, period.

All the rest is wishful thinking ...

RE: RV770
By Zoomer on 6/16/2008 7:17:54 PM , Rating: 2
The P3 1Ghz had a serious issue, leading to it being withdrawn from the market.

Your call on 1st to 1Ghz.

RE: RV770
By PB PM on 6/16/2008 8:26:38 PM , Rating: 3
They were 1st to 1Ghz, IBM/Motorola's PPC chips didn't reach 1Ghz until a year after Intel, let alone AMD.

RE: RV770
By BruceLeet on 6/17/2008 2:14:15 PM , Rating: 2
I correct myself

March 8th 2000

Intel on Wednesday broke the gigahertz barrier with a 1GHz, or 1,000MHz, Pentium III chip. What a difference a couple of days makes -- AMD announced its 1GHz Athlon processor on Monday.

Further reading the article, I found some pretty interesting reports.

Dell will begin taking orders on Wednesday for its Special Edition Dell Dimension, a high-end PC that it will sell in limited quantities with the Intel 1GHz chip.

"We are going to have a (Dimension) product," a Dell spokesman said. "However, we don't have a date yet." While dates are not final, it is likely that Dell will have its 1GHz Pentium III-based Dimension PC ready by the end of the month as well.

Intel product rebates incentive? its possible...

"We're supporting the 1GHz Pentium III," said a Hewlett-Packard spokeswoman


The 1GHz Pentium III processor will cost $990 (£613) in 1,000-unit quantities, making it significantly less expensive than AMD's $1,299 (£805) 1GHz Athlon chip. The new Pentium III, which uses a 133MHz system bus, is available now in limited quantities, Intel officials said.

Since when has Intel ever had a lower priced product than AMD? Rebates? Also why would you sell a product you have limited quantities of for so little, unless they're ONLY buying YOUR product.

RE: RV770
By MAIA on 6/17/2008 10:04:14 AM , Rating: 3
Oh! ok ...
So you don't believe yet you throw doubt instead of searching.

Really, it's very easy. Just go to and insert the right query (that is if you're not affraid to write:) like : amd first to 1Ghz

RE: RV770
By MAIA on 6/17/2008 10:07:54 AM , Rating: 2
... and btw. Of course he's refferring to x86 and he's right about everything. That's why he's using the word "US" . I don't see that plenty of people using risc cpu's or powerpc for general purposes.

RE: RV770
By theapparition on 6/17/2008 2:21:40 PM , Rating: 2
He would still be wrong. Intel had a IMC on verions of the 486. It was not received well in the market and was discontinued.

RE: RV770
By MAIA on 6/17/2008 9:10:12 PM , Rating: 2
If you're talking about the DRAM controller, by no means it can be compared to the complexity and functionality of a real IMC like AMD's implementation. It's like saying a calculator is a computer.

Btw, Timna and Banias also share a similar controller.

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