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ATI V8700 or HD 4870?

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September 17, 2008 4:36:07 AM

What are the advantages or disadvantages of these 2 cards both from ATI V8700, and the ATI 4870.

ATI V870 Specs:

ATI FirePro™ V8700 Workstation Graphics Accelerator



Overview

* Ultra high-end 3D workstation graphics solution
* Powered by scaleable ATI FirePro™ 3D workstation graphics accelerator with parallel processing Unified Shader architecture
* AutoDetect instinctively optimizes for user’s workflow
* PCI Express® 2.0 x16 bus interface
* 1GB GDDR5 graphics frame buffer memory
* 2 DisplayPort Outputs
* 1 Dual Link DVI-I Output
* High Dynamic Range (HDR) rendering with 8-bit, 10-bit & 16-bit per RGB color component support
* Full Shader Model 4.1 support for vertex and pixel shaders
* Certification for many CAD and DCC applications pending
* Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 support and OpenGL 2.0 support

ATI FirePro™ 3D Unified Superscalar Shader Architecture

* 800 Unified Shader Engines
o Dynamic load balancing and resource allocation for vertex, geometry, and pixel shaders
o Common instruction set and texture unit access supported for all types of shaders
o Dedicated branch execution units and texture address processors
* Anti-Aliasing Features
o Multi-sample anti-aliasing: 2, 4, or 8 samples per pixel
o Up to 24x Custom Filter Anti-Aliasing (CFAA) for improved quality
o Adaptive super-sampling and multi-sampling

Display Capabilities1

* Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD 2) for H.264/AVC, VC-1, and MPEG-2 video formats
* Two independent display controllers1
o Drive two displays simultaneously with independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls and video overlays for each display
o Full 30-bit display processing (10-bit per RGB component)
* Two integrated DisplayPort outputs
o Each supporting 24- and 30-bit displays at resolutions up to 2560x1600
* One integrated Dual Link DVI display output
o Support 18-, 24-, and 30-bit digital displays at resolutions up to 2560x1600
o Includes a dual-link HDCP encoder with on-chip key storage for high resolution playback of protected content2

API and OS Support

* OpenGL 2.1 with OpenGL Shading Language
* Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1
* Windows® XP, Windows XP64
* Linux® 32 and Linux 643
* Windows Vista® and Windows Vista® 64

System Requirements

* PCI Express® based workstation with available x16 lane graphics slot
* 350-Watt power supply or greater (assumes fully loaded system)
* 512MB of system memory
* Installation software requires CD-ROM drive

More about : ati v8700 4870

September 17, 2008 5:13:43 AM

The V8700 is a workstation card, and the HD4870 is a gaming card.
September 17, 2008 5:28:19 AM

Yes, but both of them support DirectX 10.1, and both use GDDR5, but the V8700 has 1GB, vs 4870 512mb, and both are PCI-E 16x 2.0 cards. Would there be much difference if you wanted to use this card for gaming over the 4870?
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October 29, 2008 2:41:38 AM

yaoiboimi-

The Fire series cards use a different capacitor layout than the Radeon series to which the Fire series has an embedded "Device ID" which enables them to use the added features of the Fire series drivers. These Fire series drivers have been toned for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Digital Content Creation (DCC) applications versus that of gaming. They may beable to play some of the games you wish to play but the cards preformance will not be as great.

Simply put:
The core difference between the two are the capacitor layout in relation to the "Device ID" and the drivers.

Fire series = Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Digital Content Creation (DCC) applications.
Radeon = Gaming and standard consumer use.
October 29, 2008 2:47:45 AM

The FirePro is not for desktops. Its obviously to be mounted on the trunk of a car, the spoiler on the back should have been a hint.
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