AMD Firepro W8000 and W9000 Professional Graphics Cards Reviewed
10 August 2012
Summary: At the end of the day AMD has brought more power to CAD/CAE and Media & Entertainment professionals. If you are looking to speed up your 3D renderings in order to get visualizations you need when you want them, then take a look at these cards!
Conclusion: To be perfectly candid, we found the W8000 and W9000's performance disappointing, and their proposed price/performance ratio isn't so hot either. If AMD had kept to its previous price structure, the W9000 would've slipped in nicely at $2500 and the W8000 at $1149. At $4000 and $1600 against the Quadro 6000 (also $4000) and the Quadro 5000 ($1849) though, AMD's prospects at this time aren't very good.
Pros: Great performance in PTC Creo, Cutting-edge features, Might be competitive with further driver optimizations
Cons: Not competitive now, Overpriced, even for its market segment, Often beaten by GPU 1/5th its price