AMD ATI FirePro V9800 Workstation Graphics Card - HotHardware

AMD ATI FirePro V9800 Workstation Graphics Card

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Power Consumption and Operating Temperatures
How low can you go?

We'd like to cover a few final data points before bringing this article to a close. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power our test system was consuming using a power meter. Our goal was to give you an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling and under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the graphics cards alone.


Although it features a faster core clock and more onboard memory, the V9800 shows lower power consumption than the V8800. Out of all the cards tested, it even showed the lowest usage in an idle state. At full load, it required 16% less power than the Quadro 6000.  



The V9800 turned in impressive temps during testing. At full load, it maxed out at 73 degrees Celsius, 15 degrees cooler than the Quadro 6000.

Also, its worth mentioning the noise level we experienced using the V9800. Ultimately, the V9800 provided a quiet working environment during testing. Fan speed remained about 20% during most benchmarks, which is extremely quiet. In fact, we still could not hear it during our load testing with Furmark, where fan speed increased to only 30%.

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:D you guys added the word links back Wink

Hum, the quadro covers a bit more range of needs then the firepro i guess :) Still good card and lower price then the quadro :)

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At that price, As a V8800 owner I would strongly suggest that you do yourself a professional favor and get one of the new Quadros!

Plus this one shows just how much they have no concern for their own customers. For the price of one V8800 you can end up getting two V7800's effectively having 2880 core processors and the 4GB's in crossfire. Plus it will only be $1298.00

Then it would only be a matter of, do you really need six monitors for your work. The reason we get these is for the driver support for all the DCC software. And so far my experience with AMD/ATI has proven that they really don't care about that aspect, they only want to hit this market because they think creative people have the money?

Since the V8800 came out there has only been two driver updates, my viewports are still missing, and the driver still has issues if you have a Wacom attached to it! Nowadays, there is not a professional that doesn't use a Wacom, so that is a big issue!

I would have to say that these things are more likely made for people on wallstreet who need six monitors to display their trend graphs, and not for actual artist working in the DCC field! So if you are working in a Hurricane tracking station or CAD engineering firm then this will probably save you some money over the years. If you work in 3D or even graphics and video editing with large file size? Then go with the company that has proven that they deserve the support of companies like ILM and Dreamworks.

Although the V8800 is way better than what I did have. But at the price that I paid for the driver support(which is why we pay the premium) I am having a hard time loving it. I am just hoping that the drivers hold out long enough so I can get done what I need to. For most of you out there that are in need of a workstation card even the V5800 would be good for most 3D and all your 2D DCC needs, and only costs three eighty, and will put you ahead of other older cards that are still three times the price.

Just make sure you look at the OpenGL and DX driver/shader version on the workstation card that you need. If you don't even know what DCC is then get a gaming card :P

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