AMD FirePro V7900 and V5900 Professional Graphics - HotHardware

AMD FirePro V7900 and V5900 Professional Graphics

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It has been a while since we last evaluated a workstation-class graphics card from the FirePro product line. The V9800 launched in September 2010 and was officially the last card to sport the ATI logo. Since then, AMD has released its Cayman-based Radeon HD 6900 cards for the consumer market, among many other Radeon HD 6000 series cards. It was only a matter of time before the new architecture made its way into the professional FirePro line.

Today we'll be looking at a couple of new AMD FirePro models, specifically, the V7900 and V5900. A quick glace below outlines some of the important specifications of each model. With the AMD FirePro V7900, professional users are treated to 1280 stream processors, 2GB of GDDR5 memory, and 160 GB/s of peak memory bandwidth. Furthermore, the AMD FirePro V5900 provides 512 stream processors, a 2GB frame buffer, and memory bandwidth in the 64 GB/s range. Both cards come with single-slot cooling solutions and multiple I/O ports for some multiple monitor action.

AMD FirePro V7900 and V5900 Professional Graphics Cards

  AMD FirePro V7900
 AMD FirePro V5900
Core Clock
725 MHz
600 MHz
Memory Clock
1250 MHz
500 MHz
Stream Processors 1280 512
Total Memory
Memory Interface
256 bit
256 bit
Memory Bandwidth
160 GB/s
64 GB/s
Output Connectors
4 x DisplayPort
2 x DisplayPort, 1 x Dual-link DVI
Form Factor
Single Slot
Single Slot

On the surface, the new FirePro models don't look like they bring anything revolutionary to AMD's product line. You get two additional DisplayPorts on the V7900 and an extra 1GB GDDR5 memory with the V5900 versus their closest counterparts in the line-up, but is that all there is to the story? Of course, our benchmark test suite will definitely show the performance benefits of these cards. Before we check out the results though, let's take a closer look at the cards to see how they differ from their predecessors.

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Okay I don't understand, what is the difference and advantage of a high end standard discrete graphics card vs. a workstation graphics card?

Their both relatively high in price but their spec's vary drastically,

I know workstations is designed for a work setting with graphic intensive processes like rendering and stuff but why are the specs so different from standard graphics cards?

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I didn't understand the AMD business model until I started to deal with them after buying the 8800. They pump these things out like gaming cards and think that the pros will like to replace their fifteen hundred dollar GPUs every six months. It actually takes them the same amount of time to develop a stable Firepro driver, About six months after the next gen comes out!

The Nvidia Quadro4000 is a much better GPU for DCC! Comparatively the price is similar, but when you look at the long term costs and lost production times! There is no comparison! When you look at all the ATI cards, that one Quadro is the answer to them all. It has the same or better performance and stability within most DCC programs. Nvidia works closely with many major studios as well as companies like Autodesk and is actively involved in making sure their products work smoothly for the professionals. This is why you see the PhsX plug-ins for the 2012 Autodesk products. All the ATI people get are a set of 3D Max performance plug-ins? I still don't know what they are supposed to do, I think they are just like a hotfix to the driver :P

The FirePros are good for things like Photoshop, painter CAD/design. If that is what you are looking for and just want to save money, then the most you will need is something like the 4800 or 5800, or their 9version update. I am sure that most people who would look into this series are those in Architectural design or scientific modeling. Which I am sure that these cards would be a good fit for those fields! I can definitely see many dentist offices buying these for their 3d scanning computers.

I still cant see many animation studios showing much support for AMD. This is also why you see Nvidia come out with a top three line about every year and half, because they know that most artist don't want to buy a new card for their home computer, only to see a new version come out six weeks later at half the price and twice the performance! Because Nvidia know that if those guys aren't happy then they will tell the studio to go with the other guys card next time.

I know there are many ATI supporters and I use to be one of them (Before they got taken over by AMD). SO please, if anyone of you think these things are so great, I have a FirePro V8800(W/Box+Accs) that you can take off my hands for 1000!

Or maybe HH has any of the new Quadros/Teslas you want me to test in a DCC environment?

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