AMD ATI FirePro V9800 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 complex, 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 means of production and transportation.


Like its predecessor, the V9800 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, which keeps components cooler inside the case. Upon start up, the V9800 powers on quietly and stays that way during normal use. AMD has tuned the latest batch of FirePro cards to remain relatively quiet, even with high end models, and V9800 owners will benefit from it.

On the front end of the card, we find a 6-pin and an 8-pin PCIe power connector. This is different from the V8800, which featured two 6-pin connections. Interestingly enough, the maximum board power is 199W, down 9W from the V8800. It's worth noting, the RV870 GPU is well known for its low power consumption during idle due to aggressive clock gating and voltage reductions when the card is not under significant load. 

The FirePro V9800 sports six mini-DisplayPort connections and one stereo port. That's a couple more than the V8800 which offered four DP outputs. Also seen in the image above is the backplate which helps to dissipate heat created by the components installed on the card.

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inspector 4 years ago

: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 :)

animatortom 4 years ago

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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