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     AMD rolls out the FirePro Vx800s
      Posted on 30/04/2010 at 10:12 by Damien
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    Following the FirePro V8800, launched on April 7 and that we posted about earlier today, AMD has unveiled the rest of its new range of graphics cards based on the DirectX 11 generation of GPUs and designed for professionals, with a specific validation procedure and drivers for this market.

    4 new standard FirePros have been released. To recap, the V8800 is a variant of the Radeon HD 5870, at slightly lower clocks (825 MHz/1150 MHz), but equipped with 2 GB of memory. It has 4 DisplayPort outs and all the connectivity for synchronisation.


    The FirePro V7800 is a variant of the Radeon HD 5850. The GPU is clocked at 700 MHz and the 2 GB of GDDR5 memory at 1000 MHz against 725/1000 MHz for the Radeon HD 5850. There is therefore just a very slight difference. In spite of the doubled memory, AMD has managed to come up with a single slot design and reduce TDP from 151W for the Radeon to 138W for the FirePro. Relatively compact and economical with 2.02 teraflops of processing power and a memory bandwidth of 119.2 GB/s, this FirePro V7800 looks particularly interesting. What’s more it has 3 video outs, a DVI Dual-Link, two DisplayPorts and is compatible with the FirePro S400 for framelock/genlock support.

    Further down the range, the FirePro V5800 is a variant of the Radeon HD 5770, and is based on a Juniper GPU equipped with 160 vec5 units (“800 stream processors”) but at lower clocks: 685 MHz for the GPU and 1000 MHz for the memory, against 850/1200 for the Radeon. In terms of throughput this gives a processing power of 1.10 teraflops and a memory bandwidth of 59.6 GB/s. It’s equipped with a DVI Dual-Link out and two DisplayPort outs. The lower clocks mean the TDP has been reduced significantly from 108W for the Radeon HD 5770 to 74W for the FirePro V5800, which therefore doesn’t require a power connector.

    The FirePro V4800 is based on the Redwood GPU with 80 vec5 units (“400 stream processors”). This is a variant of the Radeon HD 5670 as it is equipped with GDDR5 memory. Clocks are 775/900 MHz compared to 775/1000 MHz for the Radeon, which gives a processing power of 0.62 teraflops and a memory bandwidth of 53.6 GB/s. This time however the TDP is higher and, strangely, goes up from 61W to 69W. This makes the FirePro V5800 a much better bet in terms of its performance/energy consumption ratio. Connectivity comprises a DVI Dual Link out and two DisplayPort outs.

    At entry level, we have the FirePro V3800 also based on a Redwood GPU. It’s more or less a variant of the Radeon HD 5550 but its memory is differently set up. The GPU is clocked at 650 MHz and the 512 MB memory at 900 MHz, but here 64-bit DDR3 is used, which cuts memory bandwidth down to 13.4 GB/s for a processing power of 0.52 teraflops. In low profile format, it has one DVI Dual-Link and a DisplayPort out.


    Beside these FirePro Vx800s, AMD is also offering a new card designed for multi-screen display, the FirePro 2460 Multi-View. It’s based on the little Cedar GPU and has 4 mini-DisplayPort outs in a low-profile passive format.

    With these new FirePros, AMD has a solid range to hold up against the Quadros. Note to finish that AMD is preparing a model that will be positioned above the FirePro V8800 this summer. It will have 4 GB of memory and 6 video outs.


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