AMD Firestream GPUs go fanless

Following the launch of its latest Opteronic server push, AMD also unveiled two new Firestream graphics products in the shape of the ATI Firestream 9350 and 9370.

AMD calls these 'GPU compute accelerators' and says they are aimed at the commercial, scientific and academic research markets.

The new parts are made of the 'Cypress' GPU from the Radeon 5870, ponced up and with more memory added on board. These professional chips are supposed to be more reliable than the consumer versions, to justify their higher price. Both are equipped with passive heat-sinks rather than humongous fans. And both support OpenCL, DirectX 11 and OpenGL.

According to AMD, the FireStream 9350 delivers 2.0 TFLOPS of single precision performance and 400 GFLOPS of double-precision floating-point performance in a 150W single-slot card, with 2GB of GDDR5 memory.

The FireStream 9370 delivers up to 2.64 TFLOPS of single precision performance and 528 GFLOPS of double-precision performance, and includes 4GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory, at a maximum board power of 225 watts.

"Industry standards like OpenCL are driving rapid adoption of heterogeneous architectures, and commercial customers deploying systems with AMD FireStream accelerators and AMD Opteron processors can immediately experience the benefits of the combined technologies," said Patricia Harrell, director, Stream Computing, AMD.

Several AMD technology partners and OEMs plan to offer rack-mounted servers and expansion systems featuring AMD FireStream 9350 and 9370 accelerators, including One Stop Systems and Supermicro, AMD said.

The FireStream 9350 and 9370 GPU compute accelerators will be available in the autumn.