AMD FirePro V7900 and V5900 Professional Graphics - HotHardware

AMD FirePro V7900 and V5900 Professional Graphics

11 thumbs up

It's true that high-end workstation graphics cards may be based on the same core architectures as their gaming-targeted cousins, 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.

FirePro V7900 vs FirePro V7800 Comparison Chart

The V7900 is very similar to the V7800 model it supplants in AMD's current line-up, with a few key differences. It utilizes fewer stream processors (1280 vs 1440), but provides more memory bandwidth (160 vs 128 GB/s) and a different I/O configuration. The core clock gets bumped up by a modest 25MHz (725 MHz vs 700 MHz), and the V7900 offers four DisplayPorts instead of the two found on the V7800. In addition, the new card uses more power, maxing out at 150W. The rest of the feature set remains essentially the same.


Like its predecessor, the V7900 uses a matte black heatsink assembly that houses AMD's single-slot copper heatpipe cooling solution. The embedded fan exhausts air out of the back of the card, but there are no vents so the heated air remains within the system. On the front end of the card, we find a single 6-pin PCIe power connector. This is identical to the V7800.

FirePro V5900 vs FirePro V5800 Comparison Chart

Like the V7900, the new V5900 brings a few changes to the table when compared to the V5800. First, it's based on AMD's Cayman LE architecture versus the Juniper Pro GL core found on the V7800. The V7900 provides fewer stream processors but a larger memory buffer, going from 1GB to 2GB. I/O ports and power consumption remain basically the same.


Here we find the familiar matte black heatsink assembly and single-slot cooling solution. The V5900 does not require a PCIe power connection from the power supply as it gets all the juice it needs from the socket. And like the V7900, it sports a single cooling fan that looks like it might get noisy under load, but we'll find out for sure once we get our testing under way. 

Article Index:

+ -

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?

+ -

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?

Login or Register to Comment
Post a Comment
Username:   Password: