I’m not a gamer, but it is not at all difficult to translate this video review of the Radeon 6870 running using Eyefinity on 3 x 46” LCD TVs, to uses in 3D CAD and 3D visualization. The tech is cool, but the low price point and the low power consumption is what makes this a standout.
What do they think in a nutshell? The board has an edge over the competition because of Eyefinity, DX11 & DirectCompute support, open standards 3D, and OpenCL support.
From the article:
“AMD ... believes that its Eyefinity multi-monitor technology is going to cause even dedicated Nvidia-philes to take a look and is banking on its strategy of openness to give it a boost. ... their stereographic 3D technology will work with a variety of systems and 120/240 Hz monitors. In other words, they’re not promoting a proprietary solution like Nvidia does. Rather, they’ll work with vendors to create a system and so there may be different options for glasses and monitors.”
“AMD is also banking on DirectX 11 DirectCompute and OpenCL. DirectCompute is an open technology as long as you’re on Windows and OpenCL competes with Nvidia’s CUDA as an open technology to provide access to GPU processors.”
PC Perspective weighs in on the FirePro V9800 with it’s Eyefinity 6 HD display outpus. As they note, if you are looking at performance only, the Quadro 5000 is a competitor. But the FirePro V9800 is clearly targeting developers and professional user interested in performance plus multi-displays to increase their productivity or even to create new workflow models for their business.
PC Perspective’s conclusion: “If you are in the market for a multi-display card, there is nothing even close to the FirePro V9800 and its 6 DisplayPort outputs except maybe AMD’s own V8800 with four. AMD is hoping to capitalize on that customer need with a solution that can dramatically lower their costs and provide new development and display experiences. “
They also note: “Combining more than one V9800 card is possible using the FirePro S400 card - a small board that is responsible for synchronizing display outputs on multiple graphics cards. Using the S400 a system can support up to four FirePro V9800s (or any other GPU) for a total of 24 outputs in a single PC! While a set of four V9800 cards is going to be expensive ($14,000 or so), that cost is well below any other professional solution that provides that many display configurations.”
IBC demo Stereo 3D compositing using Fusion 6.1 on the FirePro V8800
This demo from IBC 2010 is a lot better in person because when you put on the glasses, you can see the 3D!
In any case, the demo shows eyeon Fusion 6.1 compositing and rendering software, running in real-time for editing a 3D stereo scene using 4 displays running on a single FirePro V8800 graphics card.
The two displays on the side, let you see the individual right and left channels, so you can work on them individually.
The third display, shows the 3D image output via the Stereo output on the FirePro (visible using the passive glasses). And a fourth displays shows additional footage for compositing.
More from IBC: Barco 4k display running off a single FirePro V8800
This one is hard to grasp until you actually see it in person. The 4k Barco display is commanding in size and resolution. For film resolution compositing, color grading and rendering, there is nothing like this. You could use 4 individual displays connected by a single FirePro V8800, but there are always seams between them. This Barco is really stunning without seams and with incredible performance - again, driven by a single FirePro V8800 using Eyefinity.
The application that is doing the real time rendering is VRED 64-bit.
By the way, sadly I missed the Klingon Opera that was performed this weekend at the Zeebelt Theater in The Hague.
I’m loving it at IBC. Very cool stuff on display. And I biked (on a typical Amsterdam 40lb clunker bike) from my hotel, along the canals, to the convention center - what a trip!
Below is a video of the FirePro V9800 video wall at IBC.
This FirePro V9800 really opens up a new market - low cost, high performance video walls. This demo at IBC shows two FirePro V9800 cards driving a 12 HD display video wall (each card has 6 DisplayPort outputs). The complex graphics are being rendered in real time on the GPU using Vizrt. Synchronization across the two GPUs is handled by the FirePro S400 synchronization card.
I’m at IBC at Amsterdam where AMD has a big showing in the DCC markets. I am posting videos as I get them.
Here the first:
Demo at IBC 2010 of Ventuz real-time 3D authoring and rendering on the GPU using DX11 for presentations across 4 displays (5120 X 2880) using the ATI FirePro V8800. Real-time means you can control the presentation in a non-linear fashion. Pretty slick.
AMD rolled out the ATI FirePro V9800 which features a 4GB GDDR5 frame buffer and six mini DisplayPorts to drive up to six HD displays. AMD is clearly targeting a new market focused on low-cost video walls for design/review, large volume data sets (medical, oil/gas) digital mockups, 4k video compositing, and client presentations. Unlike a multi-card GPU solution, the FirePro using Eyefinity has all memory in the same memory block, so almost any CAD or DDC software offers high performance across all of the displays out of the box (See Develop3D story).
Of course the FirePro V9800 offers full DX11, OpenGL 4.X and OpenCL 1.X support, as well as stereo3D.
AMD announced that several technology partners will be releasing Eyefinity-validated DisplayPort to DVI adapters.
“The availability of the inexpensive Single Link DisplayPort-to-DVI adapter, with a suggested retail price of $30 US, expands the ATI Eyefinity ecosystem to include the massive number of LCD monitors with DVI connectors and resolutions up to 1920 x1200. This encompasses the vast majority of monitors sold today, with many models available for well under $200 each. Now, ATI Eyefinity multi-monitor solutions are within reach of virtually everyone, from die-hard gaming enthusiasts to individuals wanting more screen real estate to improve workflow.”
Related: I am not a huge gamer, but for those of you who are, and if you haven’t seen Eyefinity in person, check out the Eyefinity simulator tool to see how Eyefinity really does transform the experience of gaming. Personally I’d love to see the same simulator tool for professional CAD examples - I’ve seen these kinds of demos at trade shows and the mutli-display thing is impressive to say the least.
If you haven’t already heard about the wall, hi-resolution, complex 3D animations play across 40 displays, powered by 10 ATI FirePro V8800s with Eyefinity and Viz Video Wall ER. Each display in the wall has a resolution of 1920x1200, giving a total resolution of 19200 x 4800 pixels or 92 megapixels.
The Viz Engine processes are synchronized via the ATI FirePro S400 Synchronization module (Genlock and Framelock), distributing a unique frame counter to all Viz Engines, in order to guarantee the same animation progress on all 40 displays.
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