AMD ATI FirePro V8800 Workstation Graphics Card - HotHardware

AMD ATI FirePro V8800 Workstation Graphics Card

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HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEM: In order to provide comparable results, each graphics card was installed on the same, high end X58 based test system. The components we used consisted of an EVGA Classified motherboard, Core i7 980X Extreme Edition processor, and 12GB of Crucial Ballistix Tracer memory. Within the BIOS, we configured the processor and memory to their rated specifications of 3.33GHz and 1600MHz respectively. The Crucial M225 solid state drive has a clean copy of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit installed. Once the installation was completed, we fully updated the OS and installed the latest drivers and applications relevant to the review article.

HotHardware's Test System
Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Core i7 980X (3.33GHz)

EVGA Classified 760 Motherboard
(X58 Express Chipset)

ATI FirePro V8800 2GB
ATI FirePro V8750 2GB
ATI Radeon HD 5970

12GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600
(6 X 2GB) 8-8-8-24 1T

Crucial M225 128GB SSD

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Professional 64bit
ATI Catalyst Display Driver 8.702 - Workstation
ATI Catalyst Display Driver 10.3

Benchmarks Used:

Cinebench R11.5 64bit
SPEC Viewperf R10
3DMark Vantage 64bit
Unigine Heaven 2.0

If you're wondering why there aren't any NVIDIA workstation cards used in this article, here's the scoop. Since our last workstation card article, we've updated the test system to reflect the most current platform available to graphics professionals, specifically the new Core i7 980X processor and Windows 7 64bit operating system. Unfortunately, we no longer have the NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards to test, but invite you to reference the
FirePro V8750 review to see how they compare with the results from this article. Also note that since NVIDIA has not yet released a Quadro update based on Fermi, comparing the V8800 to the V8750 is perfectly relevant at this time.

Cinebench R11.5 64bit
Synthetic OpenGL Rendering Performance

Cinebench R11.5 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. The benchmark goes through a series of tests that measures the performance of the graphics card under real world circumstances. Within Cinebench, graphics card testing makes use of a complex 3D scene depicting a car chase which measures the performance in OpenGL mode. Results are given in frames per second; the higher the number, the faster the graphics card. 

The V8800 shows a slight improvement over the V8750, but not by much. It looks like the HD 5970's raw graphics processing power wins this round though. Just keep in mind that this is a basic OpenGL benchmark; the next few tests focus on specific applications that the V8800 is designed to handle.

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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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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...

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


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