AMD FirePro V7900 and V5900 Professional Graphics

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Testbed and Cinebench R11.5

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

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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