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AMD Launches 2 New Pro Graphics Cards

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AMD announced two new professional graphics accelerators Thursday, and with them a new brand for the company, the ATI FirePro V5700 and V3700. The new brand name, ATI FirePro, tries to demonstrate AMD’s continuing commitment to the professional graphics market and its development.

Of the two new graphics accelerators, the new mid range ATI FirePro V5700 comes with 512 MB of frame buffer memory, dual-link DVI, DisplayPort, HDR rendering, a 30bit display engine, video decode acceleration, and full Blu-ray support that includes picture in picture capabilities and dual stream support. A 30-bit monitor is required for full 30-bit support, for over a billion available colors, providing quite possibly more colors than the human eye can perceive, for maximal color accuracy.

Compared to the previous generation ATI FireGL V5600, with 120 shader processor units, the ATI FirePro V5700 has 320 shader processor units, claiming up to twice the performance with shader intensive applications. AMD further claims better performance with its professional graphics accelerators when compared to their competition at every price point, including its new low entry level professional graphics card, the ATI FirePro V3700. The ATI FirePro V3700 tries to fill a new value segment for CAD professionals migrating from 2D and it has 40 shader processor units, 256 MB of frame buffer memory, two dual-link DVI connectors, and VGA mode support. Both cards support Microsoft DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 2.0, PCI Express 2.0 interface, and Shader Model 4.1.

The ATI FirePro V3700 should now be available with a MSRP of $99, and the ATI FirePro V5700 is expected to begin shipping in September 2008 with a MSRP of $599. Dell plans to soon carry the ATI FirePro as part of its Dell Precision desktop workstations. Current competition for the entry level ATI FirePro V3700 in the professional segment is Nvidia’s Quadro 370, selling for $119 at CompUSA. Both AMD and Nvidia could soon both be seeing more competition in the professional market though with the expected release of Intel’s Larrabee, a unique discrete solution with GPU capabilities, sometime in 2009 or 2010, which offers great flexibility in its programming and function.

When contacting AMD for comment on Larrabee, they said they feel only time will tell about how successful it will be, but believe it will only be as fast as AMD’s current offerings are today. AMD seems quite proud of its current IGP solutions as well, yet tell us it will have some more big news on the graphics front next week that should underscore AMD’s leadership in graphics.

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    bardia , August 8, 2008 9:56 PM
    If AMD had the CPU'S to back their advancements in GPU's... they'd be on a rampage.
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    Anonymous , August 8, 2008 11:35 PM
    30bit color? how is this an improvement over the common 32bit color that every monitor has?
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    Anonymous , August 9, 2008 12:45 AM
    I though that lcd can only show 24bit of color max?
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    Anonymous , August 9, 2008 1:33 AM
    30 bits per color is the same as 120 bits per pixel. 32 bits per pixel is only 8 bits per color (red, green, blue, alpha). They don't make it very clear, but that's what they mean by 30 bit color, a massive improvement...
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    liemfukliang , August 9, 2008 1:37 AM
    @Bobucles --> 32 color RGBA @8bit, 30 bit color RGB @10bit. Anyone remember how to edit registry in Windows 95 so that the color diplay is 96 bit? :D 
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    cjl , August 9, 2008 6:15 AM
    composer77730 bits per color is the same as 120 bits per pixel. 32 bits per pixel is only 8 bits per color (red, green, blue, alpha). They don't make it very clear, but that's what they mean by 30 bit color, a massive improvement...

    Actually, what they mean is RGB @ 10 bits per sub pixel. So called 32 bit is actually only 8 bit per sub pixel.
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    Anonymous , August 9, 2008 9:48 AM
    AMD please give us CPUs! Before i buy an Intel!
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    kelfen , August 9, 2008 12:40 PM
    I just don't see any real improvements in CPU devision : /.
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    NightLight , August 9, 2008 1:43 PM
    Quote:
    ...that should underscore AMD’s leadership in graphics.


    I missed the day when they became the leader in graphics...
    Constant driver problems, glitches in every card to date and
    generally unstable cards. The only thing they had going were onboard graphics, and I'm talking about the older products, such as the ati rage.
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    chechak , August 10, 2008 10:11 PM
    i like ATI
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    jaragon13 , August 11, 2008 4:20 AM
    demonhorde665i think both intel and amd , shoyuld build a chip set that lets you turn off/ on some of the cores from the bios , many older game bug out on multi core processors (i have several old games taht do namely my favorite old game far cry) that way i could shut down teh extra cores for palyign older games , and tehn jsut turn them back on for newer games

    Or,completely turn them off when they are not needed according to core usage..*looks blatantly at phenom and conroe quad cores*
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    midkemia , August 11, 2008 7:08 AM
    demonhorde665 - Ctrl+Alt+Del and set affinity for app to disable CPU's
    Nightlight - Ati have had the upperhand in mid+low end graphics for about 1-2 years, Now since the 4850, 4870, 4870X2 they have low+mid+high end of graphics cards

    I must agree, my next PC, will have an intel CPU and an Ati graphics card, as AMD cant compete against the 3Ghz 45nm Intel CPU!! oh well
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    johnnyxp64 , August 11, 2008 1:43 PM
    NightLightI missed the day when they became the leader in graphics... Constant driver problems, glitches in every card to date andgenerally unstable cards. The only thing they had going were onboard graphics, and I'm talking about the older products, such as the ati rage.


    LOL yea you Missed it indeed!

    Since AMD/ATI launced the 4800series and the skandal with nvidia bad G84 G86 GPUs come true , AMD/ATI sales like crazy and their cards outperform all nvidia curent cards at the same price and more!

    the driver problems was last year, and the last 1month things got really stable! i had once a 9800Pro hercules, back then Ati was king, then they run out of money and things gone really bad, by releasing great cards but delayed and nvidia was killing her.

    Now Ati is Back for Good! 4800series is a killing machine, not temp and noise issues, not Power hangry cards and ambilivable Fast and greater in architect than geforce! and all those with sometimes even 50% less money!!

    so plz next time you post read the NEWS!
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    johnnyxp64 , August 11, 2008 1:50 PM
    and those words are comming from me a guy that owened
    gf256
    gf2 ti
    gf3 ti
    gf4 4800
    radeon 9800pro
    gf 6800gt
    gf 7800gt
    radeon x1950Pro
    gf 8800gt (3cards cause all was cocking machines)
    now Radeon 4850 Toxic Overcloaced+Zalman

    so i have a good expir with Nvidia Cards. an i am telling you ATI/AMD is winning the battle again!

    Over the CPU areas, time will tell..i think they will be back again.
    after all HyperTrasport is proved to be way more Fast than the FSB technology! and Intel is copying AMD and HT technology with thier new CPU models, they abandon FSB.

    so my money is again in AMD in the next 1-2 years will give us a phenomenal FAST multiCore CPU. Cheap and Energy friendly.
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    killian101 , August 11, 2008 3:37 PM
    FireGL have always been top notch. Most of the time, the mid range cards are far better then anything Nvidia quattro card can come up with...and a lot cheaper. I used put these in CAD workstations for years. The older AGP cards, are till a lot better then most
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    bfstev , August 11, 2008 5:12 PM
    What i want to see is AMD/ATi Actually post a profitable quarter and with the graphics cards they have been putting out, that just might finally happen. That should drastically improve market share for ATI since some companies wont deal with companies in the red leaving nvidia as the only choice. I cant wait to see what they do with these great cards and their upcoming support for opencl. especially with these specialty "professional" accelerator cards. hopefully they can roll this success into their cpu department and really nock it out of the park on the next architecture generation
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    heoaheoa , August 12, 2008 2:52 AM
    Alright i'm really confused, how come tom's hasn't reviewed the 4870 x2 yet? anand reviewed it back on july 14th. what gives? That is almost a month ago.
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    johnnyxp64 , August 12, 2008 1:24 PM
    was a reference card, not te retail the retail is out today 12/8/2008
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    anhe64 , August 13, 2008 4:25 AM
    "underscore AMD’s leadership in graphics"

    nvidia's g280 is still the fastest gpu around; nvidia holds 90% of the workstation market. Doesn't sound like AMD has leadership here either.
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    rockmattstar , October 18, 2010 8:58 PM
    so can you use these cards for games or just 3D programs?