AMD today announced AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) for blade servers, AMD FirePro S7100X GPU. AMD MxGPU is the industry's first and only hardware-virtualized GPU compliant with the SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) PCIe virtualization standard. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is a simple, secure solution for graphics virtualization providing workstation-class experience for up to 16 users that is practically indistinguishable from a native desktop experience.
Using AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology, the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU harnesses silicon expressly designed for graphics virtualization and conforming with the virtualization industry standard, SR-IOV to allow easy integration into existing hypervisor ecosystems. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is the newest addition to the AMD line of graphics virtualization products, designed in an ultra-compact form factor with a TGP of just 100W that makes it ideal for blade server deployments. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is the first to offer the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU in HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Blades available now.
The industry's first hardware-virtualized GPU for blade servers
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) offers a number of benefits associated with security, manageability, and remote access while helping to lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Users who require GPUs for 3D and GPU compute applications need a thoughtful solution such as VDI to realize these benefits. Competing GPU virtualization technologies adapt a standard GPU architecture to virtualize via software in the hypervisor, which can result in inconsistent performance.
Rather than repurposing existing GPUs and adding a software layer to accommodate virtualization requirements, AMD MxGPU harnesses an entirely new class of GPU architecture designed with virtualization capabilities built into the silicon. Compliant with the well-established PCIe virtualization standard SR-IOV specification, AMD MxGPU unburdens the hypervisor from proprietary and complex software implementations, leveraging the existing PCIe device management logic in the hypervisor to manage GPU virtualization. Each virtualized GPU instance appears as a full-featured, native graphical device to the virtual machine's guest operating system, allowing it to be used with certified professional graphics applications and for GPU compute with effectively the same experience as an application run on a native device.
Benefits of the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU
Predictable performance - The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU supports up to 16 users per GPU across a range of virtualization solutions including VMware, SOLIDWORKS, and Siemens NX and Solid Edge. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU enables hardware-controlled scheduling cycles to provide predictable quality of service (QoS). Deterministic QoS results in smooth transitions from proof-of-concept pilots to organization-wide deployments. Additionally, AMD MxGPU technology provides users with close-to-the-metal functionality, helping to deliver a virtualization experience that is remarkably close to that of a native desktop.
Greater simplicity - AMD MxGPU technology is the only graphics virtualization solution in the industry that exposes the graphics functionality of the GPU to the virtual instance allowing full support for graphics APIs like DirectX and OpenGL, and GPU compute APIs like OpenCL, enabling applications to be run in virtual environments without altering the code. Configuration and management is simple using native AMD FirePro graphics drivers rather than proprietary software found in competing offerings, and no profiles are needed so administrators can flexibly add and remove virtual machines as they see fit.
Increased security - One of the key benefits of VDI is the ability to centralize and secure data and resources. AMD MxGPU technology preserves the data integrity of virtualized desktops and their application data using hardware-enforced memory isolation logic, rather than a software virtualization overlay found in competing offerings, to separate one virtual machine from being able to access another virtual machine's data.
Exceptional value - The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU exposes the full-functionality of the GPU, and optimizes GPU resources across users. Unlike other offerings on the market, AMD MxGPU technology also has no hardware user license fees.
"The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is a compelling addition to the AMD MxGPU product line on the market, marking the only hardware-virtualized, purpose-built GPU solution for blade servers that we're proud to join with HPE to bring to market," said Ogi Brkic, senior director, product management, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. "The pairing of HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Blades and AMD FirePro S7100X GPUs is exactly what customers have been asking for as they look to address their virtualization challenges."
"Today's workforce is demanding to go mobile and wants a superior user experience. In addition, new use cases are emerging that require dedicated performance for demanding graphics applications," said Paul Miller, HPE VP of Marketing for Converged Data Center Infrastructure. "The new AMD FirePro S7100X GPU for the HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Blade enables our customers with powerful graphics performance and virtualization capabilities for business power users and designers. This new solution helps improve end-user experience, deliver graphics-accelerated VDI and drive high performance access to applications they use daily on virtually any device, from anywhere on the network."
The most interesting part for me is where they show how to remove the power limit:
However this single modification is useless, unless we follow all instruction and add another power board, because 8pin power connector will not magically deliver more power.
AMD Crimson Edition
The AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3 Driver contains the following:
AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3 Driver Version 16.20.1013.
Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3 Highlights
Total War: Warhammer
Dota2 (with Vulkan API)
New AMD Crossfire profile available for:
Total War: Warhammer
Fallout 4 may experience minor stuttering in AMD Crossfire technology mode
Radeon Settings may be removed from the system if the Radeon Software installer is launched while Radeon Settings is open
Radeon Settings "Additional Settings" option may intermittently fail to launch
Users in Quad AMD Crossfire technology configurations may be unable to re-enable AMD Crossfire mode when using the global AMD Crossfire option in the "Gaming" tab and toggling it from on to off
Some game textures in The Division™ exhibit flickering in AMD Crossfire mode
Intermittent stability issues with Intel Skull Canyon NUC (NUC6i7KYK) using AMD XConnect Technology are no longer observed
Safe unplugging for AMD XConnect Technology no longer results in a random BSOD
A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved "In Game Overlay".
Total War: Warhammer may experience stuttering in AMD Crossfire technology mode if the AMD Gaming Evolved App or Plays.Tv is running in the background. A workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved and Plays.Tv applications.
The Division may hang when using Quad AMD Crossfire technology. As a workaround users are recommended to disable AMD Crossfire technology mode.
Heroes of the Storm may experience flickering in AMD Crossfire technology mode.
The AMD Crossfire technology mode options in Radeon Settings may not take effect on Origin or Uplay applications.
Forza Motorsport 6: Apex may exhibit brightness flickering when using AMD FreeSync technology.
Frame Rate Target Control gaming profiles may fail to enable for some games.
Catalyst Install Manager unable to detect the display driver while uninstallation.
AMD Product Compatibility
AMD Radeon Pro Duo
AMD Radeon R9 Fury Series
AMD Radeon R9 Nano Series
AMD Radeon R9 300 Series
AMD Radeon R7 300 Series
AMD Radeon R9 200 Series
AMD Radeon R7 200 Series
AMD Radeon HD 8500 - HD 8900 Series
AMD Radeon HD 7700 - HD 7900 Series
AMD Radeon R9 M300 Series
AMD Radeon R7 M200 Series
AMD Radeon R7 M300 Series
AMD Radeon R5 M200 Series
AMD Radeon R5 M300 Series
AMD Radeon HD 8500M - HD 8900M Series
AMD Radeon R9 M200 Series
AMD Radeon HD 7700M - HD 7900M Series
Compatible Operating Systems
Windows® 10 (32 & 64-bit version)
Windows 8.1 (32 & 64-bit version)
Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit version with SP1 or higher)
Crimson 16.5.3 Hotfix Win7/8.1/10
Crimson 16.5.3 Hotfix Win7/8.1/10
[TechSpot] DDR4 4000MHz RAM Worth It?
Interesting, after I posted the new G.Skill DDR4 4266MHz RAM I had been wondering as we passed the 4GHz plato, the effect this would have for gaming and software in general. Usually we see bandwidth constrained software benefit the most while in gaming there was either already plenty of bandwidth or GPU wasn't pushing the IPC hard enough. This was more noticeable for those with 2+ GPUs.
Test was run on a kit of 2x4GB G.Skill F4-4000C19D-8GTZ (product page) ran at 4000MHz with timings of 19-21-21-41 CL19 at 1.35V thanks to the Z170 and 6700 @4.5GHz. The 4266MHz RAM kit (not tested by TechSpot) had looser timings at 19-23-23-43 CL 19 at 1.35. Difference in timings is small but remember it's not all about frequency, timings plays a big part when wrestling with efficiency per IC.
Chosen to highlight Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as it's a hugely popular RPG that stresses current and likely next-gen architectures, tests are reproducible and used by a variety of reviewers.
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I'd encourage you to read the full article by Steve Walton here - http://www.techspot.com/article/1171-ddr4-4000-mhz-performance/
An addition to this since I just remembered this test, the guys over at Digital Foundry (EuroGamer) ran their own suites of tests of differing RAM frequencies to showcase the framerate gains back on 5th January 2016. Screengrab below of The Witcher 3 (not Wild Hunt) showing realtime FPS and took at no particular point. Since you can view the video in full I would advise that. And do note that TechSpot ran an i7 and Digital Foundry ran an i5, games like Witcher 3 heavily utilise a CPU.