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Firepro, opinion as a second card.

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February 16, 2013 1:19:05 AM

Hi all,

I just bought a Powercolor AMD 7870 2Gb Tahiti le for gaming, (will be in my primary Pci-e 16x slot)
but i would also like to buy a workstation Firepro card when i want to do some light / medium modeling, simulations etc...
(i would put this can on my second pci-e 8x slot)

I'm looking to buy a used Firepro card, i found 2:

Firepro V8700 1gig : 230$
Firepro V5800 1gig: 100$

I can't any comparaisons for those 2 card, i'm not sure which perform the better,
all i know is that the V8700 is more a hi-end card but older generation, the V5800 is newer but mid-range.
Based on those price which has the best $ / performance.

last questions: Is the powercolor 7870 will perform better in 3d softwares than those 2 firepro card even if the card is a "gaming" card?

Thanks.

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a c 218 U Graphics card
February 16, 2013 1:32:50 AM

For the work you describe, just stick with the HD7870 and don't worry about trying to get a FirePro to work properly along side it. Honestly, I don't think you'll see any benefit running both in one rig.

If you do decide to get one of the FirePros, the V8700 is the stronger of the 2 and would be a good choice if it was the only GPU in a rig.
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February 16, 2013 12:37:23 PM

Humm, you think the HD7870 gaming card would perform better than those firepro in 3d softwares?
Is the V8700 is at least twice as powerfull than the V5800?
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a c 218 U Graphics card
February 16, 2013 1:33:38 PM

When you say light modeling and simulations, yes the HD7870 is enough. What specific applications are you planning on using?

Yes, the V8700 is quite a bit more capable than the V5800. Just compare the specs and you'll see why.
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