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AMD Launches ATI FirePro V8800; Cheap at $1499

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$1,499? Not bad for a workstation-level GPU solution.

Now with gamers and other PC enthusiasts enjoying ATI's 40nm Evergreen family of GPUs, AMD is expanding it into the professional space meant for CAD, Digital Content Creation (DCC), Broadcast, Medical Imaging and Financial Services.

AMD today announced its new FirePro V8800 professional GPU with support for ATI Eyefinity technology. AMD boasts that the FirePro V8800 delivers 2.6 teraflops of raw computing power with the highest memory bandwidth (147.2 GB/s) available in any single-card professional graphics solution.

If you're feeling the squeeze from the price tag of a Radeon HD 5970, then know that the pros have to pay $1499 USD for the FirePro V8800, which is considered affordable as it's $300 less than the previous generation.

ATI Eyefinity technology now expands outputs to three and four display desktop configurations to drive up to four independent displays for 16.4 million pixels in total resolution.

"Autodesk recognizes the importance of having our customers invest in a professional graphics solution," said Jim White, director of Global Alliances, Autodesk. "Together with AMD, a leader in the professional graphics space, we’re able to provide Autodesk users with visually accurate, high performance creative tools. We look forward to working with AMD and the next generation of ATI FirePro graphics to enable our customers with exceptional productivity."

Do you expect to see some of these at work soon?

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    babybeluga , April 7, 2010 10:59 PM
    qwerty45but...can it play crisis?


    It can play "render an MRI of your brain from a massive blunt force trauma".

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    shadow187 , April 7, 2010 9:56 PM
    Glad to see ATI stretching its wings.
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 7, 2010 10:19 PM
    ohimIf only Adobe wouldn`t have been such an asses to have support in their CS5 suite only for nvidia now i`m wishing for their Flash to fail over HTML5 ... and this comming from a nvidia user.
    There is a registry entry you can use to allow the use of all kinds of GPU's. If you go to the plugins section of their site and go to extra, or additional (something like that) plugins.. it's there. It'll allow it to work.
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  • 23 Hide
    shadow187 , April 7, 2010 9:56 PM
    Glad to see ATI stretching its wings.
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    counselmancl , April 7, 2010 9:59 PM
    How does it perform against Tesla?
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    ohim , April 7, 2010 10:17 PM
    If only Adobe wouldn`t have been such an asses to have support in their CS5 suite only for nvidia :(  now i`m wishing for their Flash to fail over HTML5 ... and this comming from a nvidia user.
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 7, 2010 10:19 PM
    ohimIf only Adobe wouldn`t have been such an asses to have support in their CS5 suite only for nvidia now i`m wishing for their Flash to fail over HTML5 ... and this comming from a nvidia user.
    There is a registry entry you can use to allow the use of all kinds of GPU's. If you go to the plugins section of their site and go to extra, or additional (something like that) plugins.. it's there. It'll allow it to work.
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    ohim , April 7, 2010 10:27 PM
    mlopinto2k1There is a registry entry you can use to allow the use of all kinds of GPU's. If you go to the plugins section of their site and go to extra, or additional (something like that) plugins.. it's there. It'll allow it to work.

    care to post a link ?:) 
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    kelemvor4 , April 7, 2010 10:29 PM
    IS CS5 out somewhere? wtf over.

    Anyway, I have no use for tesla or firepro, but as is often mentioned here; the competition (between ati and nvidia) will only help everyone on either side of the fence.
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    Anonymous , April 7, 2010 10:41 PM
    "How does it perform against Tesla?"

    This should be compared to Quadro, not Tesla. AFAIK AMD doesn't have anything out there that competes with Tesla.
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    babybeluga , April 7, 2010 10:59 PM
    qwerty45but...can it play crisis?


    It can play "render an MRI of your brain from a massive blunt force trauma".

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    husker , April 7, 2010 11:03 PM
    qwerty45but...can it play crisis?

    I know this was in humor, but it makes me wonder: If money were no object would this card offer any performance benefits over, say, a 5970? Or is the card design just not able to cope well with games?
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 7, 2010 11:14 PM
    ohimcare to post a link ?
    No problemo - This is for Windows: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4056 and this is for Mac OSX: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4051
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    dj1001 , April 7, 2010 11:14 PM
    huskerI know this was in humor, but it makes me wonder: If money were no object would this card offer any performance benefits over, say, a 5970? Or is the card design just not able to cope well with games?


    I don't think it runs direct x or shader models not to sure but something must not fit. either that or it just doesn't perform well enough in games to be worth the price.
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 7, 2010 11:18 PM
    ohimcare to post a link ?
    I found out about this because I have CS4 and an NVIDIA GTX260 but I am running it on Windows XP x64. Adobe doesn't officially support XP x64 Edition and of course it doesn't recognize my GPU as being supported. Of course it is! Anyway, I actually found out about this on YouTube by some flamer wanting to take the credit for finding this out when in actuality he grabbed it straight from Adobe and just showed everyone how to modify the registry to allow (pretty much all gpu's) to work with CS4. Even Intel's integrated video works. Cheers.
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    kingnoobe , April 7, 2010 11:22 PM
    I don't know about this card, but TOMS did do an article about workstation cards vs gaming cards. Obviously they were both at their best in their environment, but no workstation cards are not > gaming cards for gaming. Even if they do cost 3x more. It's simply not what their made for.
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    Trueno07 , April 7, 2010 11:24 PM
    Hah. And my non-PC gaming friends try and tell me that gaming graphics cards are expensive.
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    Anonymous , April 7, 2010 11:35 PM
    Most workstation grade cards are physically the same as consumer grade cards. The firmware and drivers are usually different to allow for better performance in workstation applications. The increased cost comes from increased support in terms of drivers and help.
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    cscott_it , April 7, 2010 11:38 PM
    No. For two reasons -

    A) The Economy Sucks
    B) My director doesn't believe that Autocad gets a substantial boost from workstation cards.
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    eddieroolz , April 7, 2010 11:45 PM
    Amazing power, too bad it's not for rendering smoke nades :p 
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