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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 KernD on 6/16/2008 7:15:55 PM , Rating: -1
That's just because AMD seems to think the world begins and ends with x86 PC. They have been the first only for x86 PC. I'm also uncertain about the 1ghz, but it's quite probable that some other company, like IBM with it's Power PC did it first.

Now about the 1 TeraFlop, that's BS, the new NVidia Tesla are also out today and they also do it with one chip, and as I remember the NVidia architecture is better at being close to it's spec in real world usage.

And also let's not forget Intel's Teraflop on a chip, that could actualy reach 2 Teraflop.

AMD is just bragging instead of doing what it should, giving NVidia some competition at the top end of graphic.
AMD has a real opportunity here, NVidia's chip is still on a 65nm process. If AMD can't compete at the top end once again, imagine what will happen when NVidia does the die shrink of there new chip.

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 ...

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