AMD ATI FirePro V8800 Workstation Graphics Card

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Performance Summary:  When compared to the R770 based V8750, the new FirePro V8800 is simply on another level. Heading into our performance analysis, we wanted to see how well the V8800 stacked up against its predecessor, and now there is no doubting the V8800's dominance in the workstation benchmarks we performed. The following chart sums up the performance increases over the V8750 in the individual tests, but we recorded a 32% gain on average. Maya, 3ds Max, and SolidWorks had substantial gains in particular.


 


We mentioned this before and its worth repeating here. An MSRP of $1499 is not chump change in any way, shape, or form. But it is on par with the launch prices associated with high-end workstation cards. The sagging economy has impacted the market and we've seen initial price points fall over the past couple of years. Take into consideration the V8750, which launched at $1799 last year, is easily trumped by the V8800 starting at $1499 today. For those who find the asking price too steep, ATI will continue to fill their workstation line up with more affordable options, just as they are doing with mainstream gaming cards.




Things are going very well for ATI these days. They are dominating the consumer market with the Radeon HD 5000 series and have now released the powerful FirePro V8800 to the professional arena. If NVIDIA doesn't hurry, we're sure to see a series of FirePro launches months before a competitive Quadro card is even announced. Indeed, the V8800 gives professionals cutting edge performance, four DisplayPort outputs, and Eyefinity support at a market competitive price point versus other cards in its class, As of today, if you're looking for the fastest graphics card for 3D animation and rendering workloads, the ATI FirePro V8800 is the answer. 

  • Impressive performance improvement
  • Low idle power consumption
  • DirectX 11 and Eyefinity support
  • Runs cool and very quiet

 

  • Expensive at $1,499

 


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