AMD ATI FirePro V8800 Workstation Graphics Card - HotHardware

AMD ATI FirePro V8800 Workstation Graphics Card

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It's true that high-end workstation graphics cards may be based on the same core architectures as gaming-targeted graphics cards, however, their purposes are very different. While they both accomplish the same task, processing commands and rendering images on-screen, workstation cards endure a more strenuous existence than their gaming counterparts. Workstation cards are used to solve huge, mission-critical problems, like helping engineers design and build cars; helping architects to plan and construct buildings, and even help oil and gas companies to provide more effective production and transportation methods.


ATI FirePro V8800

  • Cypress XT RV870 Graphics Processor
  • 40nm Manufacturing Process
  • 825 MHz GPU 
  • 1600 Stream Processors
  • Shader Model 5 (DirectX 11), OpenGL 4.0, OpenCL 1.0 Support
  • 2GB GDDR5 Memory
  • 1150 MHz GDDR5 
  • 256-bit Memory Controller
  • 147.2 GB/s Memory Bandwidth
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16 Connector
  • 2 x 6-pin Power Connectors
  • Dual Slot Copper Cooling System
  • 4 x DisplayPort Outputs
  • Stereoscopic Output
  • Genlock/Framelock Compatible
  • Crossfire 2.0 Multi-GPU Connector
  • Supports Windows 7, XP, Vista, Linux 32/64-bit

  • MSRP : $1,499 USD

ATI FirePro V8750

  • ATI RV770 Graphics Processor
  • 55nm Manufacturing Process
  • 750 MHz GPU 
  • 800 Stream Processors
  • Shader Model 4.1 (DirectX 10.1), OpenGL 2.1 Support
  • 2 GB GDDR5 Memory
  • 900 MHz GDDR5 Clock Speed
  • 256-bit Memory Controller
  • 115 GB/s Memory Bandwidth
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16 Connector
  • 2 x 6-pin Power Connectors
  • Dual Slot Copper Cooling System
  • 2 x DisplayPort, 1 x DL-DVI Outputs
  • Stereoscopic Output
  • Genlock/Framelock Compatible
  • Crossfire 2.0 Multi-GPU Connector
  • Supports Windows 7, XP, Vista, Linux 32/64-bit, and Solaris

  • MSRP : $1,799 USD


Comparing the new AMD FirePro V8800 card to the previous generation V8750, we immediately see major differences. A smaller 40nm manufacturing process is accompanied by a much faster 825 MHz GPU and 1600 stream processors. Although memory size remains the same at 2GB, the speed has increased to 1150 MHz on the V8800; this has improved memory bandwidth to 147.2 GB/s. All of these advanced features are sure to upgrade the performance of the V8800. 



 

Like the HD 5870, the V8800 uses a matte black heatsink assembly that houses ATI's dual-slot copper heatpipe cooling solution. The embedded fan exhausts air out of the back of the card and out of the system. Unlike the V8750 which spun loudly at startup, the V8800 powers on quietly and stays that way during normal use. ATI focused on providing a peaceful work environment, even with high end models, and V8800 owners will benefit from it.

 


The FirePro V8800 sports four DisplayPort connections. That's only a couple DP ports less than the
HD5870 Eyefinity 6 videocard we recently tested out. From the looks of it, four fullsized DisplayPort outputs was the most ATI could physically fit on the rear panel of the V8800. More ports would require the use of Mini DisplayPort connections. 

On the other end of the card, we find two 6pin power ports. Maximum board power is 208W, but the RV870 GPU is well known for its low power consumption during idle. This is due to aggressive clock gating and voltage reductions when the card is not under significant load.

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I agree ATI just keeps producing hit after hit with this new architecture. The price is actually very reasonable compared to Nvidia Quadro line. Power usage was well in line for the performance you get with this card. Also the 4 monitor display will come in handy for those who need a broad display,  I am thinking oil companies looking for reserves as they can now cover more area with this type of setup. Auto CAD employees will be rejoicing when working with this card. Well done ATI you really have outdone yourselves this time around. Like the article states Quadro is no where to be seen as ATI continues to put seperation between them and the competition. Great job again on execution Yes

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I like how you added the 5970 in there just to show that workstation cards and gaming cards can't compare with one another in workstation applications.

Thanks for the review!

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I wonder how Crossfire scaling would be against the V8750?

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Good question, Ralph! We didn't get an opportunity to test with two of these monsters.

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You mean putting two 5970s in Crossfire to see how well it performs against these workstation cards? If Crossfire scaling in games wasn't that great, I don't see how it could be much different in workstation applications. Even if the scaling was 100% (which it won't be), it still can't come near the V8800, let along the V8750. Even if it did achieve 100% scalling, you would be paying a lot of money for two 5970s. Might as well get the V8700 which would probably outperform 2x 5970s and costs much less. Or get the V8750 for around $50 more than 2x 5970s and perform way better.

 

But if you are talking about FirePro cards in Crossfire, I would love to see the scaling of that. I hope it scales better than the gaming cards scales in video games.

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He is most likely talking about the V8800 cards in crossfire :)

I would love to get one of these to try out, it won't be used for my gaming computer (if i had another computer...) as the 5970 performs better for game graphics :).

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YES...YES...YES...!!!!


This is why I love Hot Hardware.  Thank You Mathew, You just saved me 15 Bones, and a whole year of frustration :)


I have spent almost the last four months researching all the new workstation card. I was beginning to wonder when the next line was going to come out. As an ATI supporter, I saw the prices dropping yet no clue when the next versions will arrive.


Nvidia has had their Teslas on their site for almost a year, and we still have not seen them. Or know what they could do. I bet they couldn't even compare to the 5870's. Sorry Nvidia fanboys, but when it comes to WS price/driver support/performance Nvidia cant wipe the underside of my car :P


This is a really great review. I was going to upgrade to the V8700 since the V8750 was not much different from each other. For the home side, I tried a Radeon 4850 at first. and then I found that the rendering performance was sad! It was ok when you are doing the actual modeling in either Max or Maya. But when you start adding higher geometry or even doing a smooth, and piling up the animation on shots longer than 120 frames it really begins to bog down. Also if you are doing CS4/Painter/MS EX work, the Bit processing is kinda lacking when working on full size, multi layered PDS files. Even though it has the same R770 architecture, even after screwing up the system trying to mod it. It wasn't much of an improvement.


When it came to doing the final rendering the game cards just kinda sits there and look at you saying, you want me to do what!  I then switched up to a V3700, and the difference in productivity has been phenomenal. With the Raden the renderer could go for close to half a day if not the full day. Now it is down to about four hours for a 120frame screen with roughly 2mil+ verts.  In order to get all my animation, rendering, video editing and even my Painter work done. I know I need to get something faster, now that after trials and error, you cannot use a gaming card.


It is kinda funny how people get these and complain about not being able to game on them. These are used for making the games, not playing them! Although through my research, just like this review (Which would have saved me from research in the 1st place) I found that the 8K series has pretty good capabilities for gaming.  That was another one of my concerns is the future implementation of DX11. I found that the 8K series are future proof for at least the next two years.


I immediately checked prices and availability. And I could only find one site that carried it. SabrePC(dont know if they are a real company?) seems like the only one for now, I haven't ever heard of them. I didn't notice a release date? Hopefully the Egg will update soon.


I tried your Pricegrabber connection and couldn't find it?

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Thanks for the review, always a good read. Geeked

Just a quick comment on the Unigine section that had this;

"Interestingly enough, the V8800 proved to be the slowest of the group, with an average of only 12.6 FPS during testing."

It's not really surprising, since the V8750 is not doing tessellation (on DX11 no DX10/10.1 version in Unigine), so it's somewhat expected that the V8800 would perform about half as fast as the dual GPU HD597 in an application that doesn't benefit from optimized OGL drivers, and is also slower than the V8750 which isn't doing as much work.

Just  thought you might want to remind people of that reason for the performance drop, which with that in mind, is likely expected.

Thanks again though for another great review. Yes

 

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OK guys,
 
I have looked everywhere and I cant find anyone selling this beast. I have even checked the AMD partners and none of them have it listed.
 
The Egg knows nothing about it. Yet It seems like it has already been released. Do you know anyone who has it in stock?

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After navigating through AMD's website and their partners, it doesn't even look like system integrators like DELL have them yet.

Google shopping comes up with 3 results and I have never bought from those vendors before. Haven't even heard of them. Maybe someone here on the forums has experience/advice on those 3 sellers. Excalibur PC does have 600 seller ratings, if that means anything...

http://www.google.com/products?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=s&hl=en&q=firepro%20v8800&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wf

(If link doesn't work, just Google "firepro v8800" and hit the shopping option)

 

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