The wait is over!  AMD updates entire FirePro line to Evergreen GPUs - DX11, Eyefinity, OpenGL, CAD

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 26, 2010

When AMD released the ATI FirePro V8800 it was clearly just a matter of time before we saw the entire FirePro lineup upgrade to the new DX11, OpenGL 3.2/4, Eyefinity Evergreen-based chips. Well the wait is over. Today AMD released 4 new FirePro models in addition to the V8800. (see the ATI FirePro family page and press release for more details)

Below are some summary specs for the new FirePro accelerators (red) with a comparison to the workstation graphics card they replace (gray).

  Entry Mid-Range High End
  FirePro
V3700
FirePro
V3800
FirePro
V3750
FirePro
V4800
  FirePro
V5700
FirePro
V5800
  FirePro
V7750
FirePro
V7800
FirePro
V8700
FirePro
V8800
Memory Size 256MB GDDR3 512MB GDDR3 256MB GDDR3 1GB GDDR5   512MB GDDR3 1GB GDDR5   1GB GDDR3 2GB GDDR5 1GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR5
Number of Slots Required 1 1 1 1   1 1   1 1 2 2
Stream Processors 40 400 320 400   320 800   320 1440 800 1600
Max Power (W)1 32 43 48 69   58 74   76 138 151 208
Supplemental Power Requirement N/A N/A N/A N/A   N/A N/A   1 x 6-pin 1 x 6-pin 2 x 6-pin 2 x 6-pin
Number of Dual-Link DVI Outputs 2 1 1 1   1 1   1 1 1 0
DisplayPort Outputs 0 1 2 2   2 2   2 2 2 4
Maximum Resolution per Output (@ 60 Hz) 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600   2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600   2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600
Stereo 3D Connector
(3-pin DIN)
                    X X
Form Factor* FH/HL HH/HL FH/HL FH/HL   FH/HL FH/FL   FH/FL FH/FL FH/FL FH/FL
Eyefinity Support       X     X     X   X
Framelock/ Genlock                   X   X
ATI CrossFire Pro2           X X   X X X X
Suggested MSRP (price) $99 $109 $199 $189   $599 $469   $899 $799 $1799 $1499

* FH = Full Height, HH = Half Height, HL = Half Length, FL = Full Length
1. Measured under 3DMark 03.
2. Specific power, chassis space, connector and resource requirements may apply. Check with system manufacturer to see if dual cards are supported.

Obvious standouts to me: Faster memory, more memory (think VBO performance), huge increases in number of stream processors (a.k.a shader units), and Eyefinity support on all but the V3800. What I would like to also know is energy consumption in idle mode as well as some noise comparison to previous models. I know the V8800 was significantly better in both regards to its predecessor.

One last note: AMD actually released a 5th new card: the FirePro 2460 Multi-View - essentially a low-power, low-profile FirePro quad display solution designed for financial traders. So it is not for the CAD and DCC realm, but still pretty interesting because of the 13W average power consumption.

Comments

I like the combination of greater performance and lower cost! The 5800 and 7800 look like the biggest upgrades - I'm psyched
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