AMD Launches New FirePro W600: 6 mini-DisplayPorts, 1 slot

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Shows and Expos | June 13, 2012 - 12:07 AM |
Tagged: InfoComm 2012, firepro, amd

AMD launches their new FirePro W600 graphics card for professional uses where you desire to drive up to 6 4K monitors from a single-slot PCIe card. The FirePro W600 will be available immediately at an estimated MSRP of $599.

We may be deep in the middle of AMD Fusion Developer Summit 2012 coverage -- but AMD is not just in Seattle this week. The processor and graphics card company is also attending InfoComm 2012 where they released a new FirePro graphics card for a very specific customer. The AMD FirePro W600 is classified as a professional graphics card for display walls.

That description is very accurate.

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This single slot card can feed up to 6 4K displays through its 6 mini-DisplayPort 1.2 outputs. Also announced is the multi-stream transport hub (MST hub) which can forego 4K output for 4 separate 1080p displays. They do not claim that 24 1080p monitors can be output from the card so it is possible that there is a limit to prevent all 6 mini-DisplayPorts from being utilized.

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If you prefer to not use any hubs and simply have one display per output then you have the option to send independent audio streams to each of the 6 displays. Each of your 4K monitors could be fed different audio all from the same PC and all from the same card.

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Enterprises interested in the card would also receive PowerTune and ZeroCore features which were introduced in the Radeon line to reduce power usage. ZeroCore specifically would allow the card to consume up to 95% less power while the rest of the PC is idle.

The FirePro W600 has an MSRP of $599 and is available for purchase immediately.

Source: AMD
June 13, 2012 | 01:15 AM - Posted by Jeff (not verified)

As far as I know though, there aren't any consumer grade 4K displays, right?

June 13, 2012 | 01:27 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

In North America? Practically -- no. That apparently should change for the Olympics though.

June 13, 2012 | 07:19 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

waooooh, for what that card does that price is REALLY GOOD!

June 13, 2012 | 05:04 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Considering that it will be used to replace up to six PCs with their own separate displays in places like big sports bars or convention centres, it seems a bargain. Especially with the power features.

Your move, nVidia!

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