ATI Introduces Ultra High End FirePro V9800 Graphics Card

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News Posted: Wed, Sep 8 2010 8:49 PM

As summer winds down, the professional graphics market, it appears, is just starting to heat up. About a month ago, we tested the Fermi based Quadro 6000 and 5000 graphics cards from NVIDIA. Although they were a few months late to the party, our results revealed the Quadro models held a measurable performance advantage over ATI's then flagship product, the FirePro V8800. But as expected, the red team has stepped their game up by offering a new workstation card that looks to close the gap while offering multi-monitor support that NVIDIA can't match currently.

The FirePro V9800 offers similar features found in the V8800 we reviewed in April : Cypress GPU, 1600 stream processors, 147.2 GB/s memory bandwidth. The difference here is a larger, 4GB memory buffer, six DisplayPort connections, and a higher price tag. At $3,499, it costs over twice as much as the V8800, targeting workstation users that demand the highest level of performance possible with no compromises. 

So how well does the V9800 stack up against the competition? Fortunately, we have it in the labs right now and will be putting it through our benchmark suite this week, along with other high end models from the FirePro line and the latest Quadro cards. Of course, a full review will be posted on HotHardware shortly so stay tuned.

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acarzt replied on Thu, Sep 9 2010 1:06 AM

Sweet, can't wait to see the benchs on this bad boy.

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fat78 replied on Thu, Sep 9 2010 3:00 AM

How to know if you are a nerd? you buy this.

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Ok Fat, Nerds dont buy these. They are for professional DCC! It is for getting actual work done. Nerds will go out and buy the Fermi cards so they can play WOW at full resolution:P

This doesnt make sense! They are only trying to compete with Nvidia, who is better in the proffessional market!

If you were to get these. Then look at the numbers, it would be better to buy two V7800's. So for $1600 you can have 4GB in crossfire, and 2800cores with lower wattage.

At this point I feel the only thing these cards are good for are the Wallstreet people who need six monitors to display their stock charts:P

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