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FirePro W4300 Question

Question asked by gordonbb on Feb 29, 2016
Latest reply on Mar 1, 2016 by fsadough

(Reposted from General Discussion to Graphics)


amdmatt fsadough


I'm about to pull the trigger on replacing my FirePro 2270 with a W4300.

I love the 2270 and it has worked just fine for 3 years driving 2 1080p displays for Adobe CC in 10-bit mode but it's heatsink warped and snapped off a few of the support pegs and was replaced under warranty recently (Thanks AMD!).

I don't game and the power envelope of a card and form factor are important.

System Specs:

  • SuperMicro CSE-731i Chassis
  • Corsair RM750 PS
  • Noctua 80 & 92mm PWM Fans
  • SuperMicro X10SL7-F Mainboard
  • Intel Xenon E3-1231v3 Processor
  • 32GB (4 x 8GB) Corsair ECC Memory
  • 2 x Samsung EVO Pro 540 256GB SSD (RAID1 on Intel C236) OS/Apps
  • 4 x Seagate 3TB NAS (RAID10 on LSI 2308)
  • LG 16x BluRay Burner
  • 2 x 24" Asus PA248 Displays (Calibrated with an i1 Display Pro)
  • OS Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

The motherboard is a server board for reliability but is challenged in that it only has a single PCIe-3.0 x8 slot in a x16 connector and immediately below this is a PCIe2 x4 slot in a x8 connector (i.e a dual-width graphics card will obstruct the only other expansion slot).

The x8 slot has a PCIe x1 FireWire adapter installed that is required for ingestion of legacy media.

I have confirmed that the x1 FW card will not interfere with the fan on the W4300.



  1. Does the W4300 come with a full-height bracket as well as the SFF bracket shown?

The data sheet is not clear on what is included and the only hint is in the Features List:

Low-profile design fits SFF and full-size ATX chassis


Thanks for any assistance