AMD FirePro V7900 and V5900 Professional Graphics - HotHardware

AMD FirePro V7900 and V5900 Professional Graphics

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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 Asus Rampage III Extreme motherboard, Core i7 980X Extreme Edition processor, and 6GB of OCZ Blade memory. Within the BIOS, we configured the processor to an overclocked speed of 4.27GHz and memory to 1869MHz. These settings will minimize the occurrences of performance bottlenecks during benchmark runs and allow the graphics cards to show their true potential. Furthermore, our Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB drive entered the testing process with a clean copy of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit installed. Once installation was complete, 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:
Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition
Overclocked 4.27GHz

Asus Rampage III Extreme Motherboard
X58 Express Chipset

ATI FirePro V8800
ATI FirePro V7900
ATI FirePro V7800
ATI FirePro V5900
ATI FirePro V4800

NVIDIA Quadro 6000
NVIDIA Quadro 5000

6GB OCZ Blade DDR3-1869
(3 X 2GB) 7-8-7-20 1T


Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
16MB Cache / 10K RPM

Display:
Dell 3008WFP LCD Monitor
2560 x 1600


Relevant Software:

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
ATI Catalyst Display Driver 8.83
NVIDIA Quadro Driver Release 270.73

Benchmarks Used:
Cinebench R11.5 64-bit
SiSoft SANDRA 2011 64-bit
SPECviewperf 11 64-bit




We're still in the process of obtaining mid-range and entry level Quadro cards. Specifically, the Quadro 4000 and 2000 match up competitively with the new FirePro cards we're looking at in this article. Unfortunately, we did not have them on hand and could not produce their results in time for the launch of this review, but will update scores once we get them on site.
 

Cinebench R11.5 64bit
Synthetic OpenGL Rendering Performance


Cinebench R11.5

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. 


Our Cinebench OpenGL rendering shows the AMD FirePro V7900 providing excellent performance, almost matching the more powerful V8800 with a score of 76.63 frames per second here. The FirePro V5900 is no slouch either, beating out the V4800 with its 55.47 FPS.
 

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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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