AMD have launched the AMD FirePro R5000 remote graphics card, designed to enable remote graphics applications over IP networks. The FirePro R5000 is a combination of AMD's current generation GCN architecture and Teradici's PCoIP technology, that can serve 3D graphics over an IP network. This is useful for mid-range multi-monitor computing such as CAD, financial and medical applications, and it has the added benefit of providing secure access to information, because it leaves all critical data on the host and sends only generated images, as opposed to moving all data across the network. Additionally, all transmissions are encrypted.
The included Teradici TERA2240 host processor can transmit up to 300 megapixels/second across the network, and drive up to 4 displays per end user, at up to 1920 x 1200 pixels per display when using a compatible PCoIP enabled zero client such as a Dell Wyse P25. With a Dells Wyse P45, there can be two monitors at up to 2560 x 1600 pixels.
The FirePro R5000 GPU has 2 GB GDDR5 memory with a 256 bit interface, providing a bandwidth of 102.4 GB/s. The GPU is clocked at 825 MHz, and can provide up to around 1250 GFLOPS compute performance. It also has 2 mini-DisplayPort 1.2 connectors for local displays. It is a full length, single slot card, allowing for a maximum number of cards to be added to any system, meaning if you have 6 PCI-E slots you can add 6 cards.
The FirePro R5000 is a low power card, using a maximum of 150W, and it connects to low power client devices capable of using up to 4 remote displays. Also, the host computer can be in remote location, which helps to keep the workplace cooler, as any heat can be contained in, and removed from a server room. The use of AMD PowerTune and AMD ZeroCore Power intelligent power management is also useful for this type of computing, minimizing power usage and making it possible to monitor it.
The card supports all APIs you would expect from a modern graphics card, such as DirectX 11.1, OpenCL 1.2 and OpenGL 4.2. Driver support is available for Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Linux, in both 32-bit and 64-bit configurations. The R5000 card requires a single 6-pin PCI-E power connector. The client side needs a USB keyboard and mouse.
AMD has not revealed the pricing for the FirePro R5000. The cards should be available through select retailers, and they come with a three year warranty.
Related News (older articles):
Aug 27, 2012: AMD Launch FirePro S7000 and S9000 Graphics
Jun 14, 2012: AMD launches FirePro W600 professional graphics card