Tuesday, May 24th 2011

AMD FirePro Professional Graphics Get Even Better, Outperform Competition by 100%

AMD today introduced the newest generation of professional graphics cards AMD FirePro V5900 and AMD FirePro V7900 -- more than doubling performance of competitive offerings in key professional market applications. Created for the design, engineering, financial, and medical fields, the new graphics cards offer AMD PowerTune and GeometryBoost technologies in addition to industry-recognized AMD Eyefinity multi-display support to enhance workflow and application performance.

"Today AMD FirePro, the industry's fastest growing line of professional graphics cards, gets even better with the introduction of the AMD FirePro V5900 and AMD FirePro V7900," said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, AMD. "From generation to generation of graphics performance, this success stems from our unwavering focus on the needs of the professional with a complete range of professional graphics solutions. AMD provides superior application performance matched with the workflow and productivity advantages of AMD Eyefinity technology -- this ultimately is the measure that matters to professionals today."

"Dell Precision workstations consistently raise the bar in scalable performance, helping our customers quickly bring their design, animation, scientific and engineering projects to life," said Greg Weir, director of Precision Workstation Product & ISV Marketing, Dell. "With the new AMD FirePro V5900 and AMD FirePro V7900 professional graphics, those customers will get the graphics performance, visualization and reliability they need to stay productive and work at the speed of thought."

Expansive Desktop Environment with AMD Eyefinity Technology
AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology makes it possible to support up to six displays in one large workspace, allowing faster access to applications and enhanced productivity. With the introduction of the AMD FirePro V7900, which supports up to four displays, and AMD FirePro V5900, which supports up to three displays, engineers and designers have an expansive desktop space from which to see more data, open more applications and view more information at the same time; improving workflow and enabling increased productivity. Also, AMD Eyefinity technology is easy to deploy and offers the lowest total solution cost, for example, in three-display configurations.

Enhanced Performance with AMD PowerTune and GeometryBoost Technologies
New for this generation of AMD FirePro products is AMD PowerTune technology. This state of the art power management technology provides direct control over GPU power usage. Applications enjoy ultimate performance with dynamic clock optimization, while minimizing workstation energy usage. Also new for this generation is GeometryBoost technology -- a unique hardware capability that processes two primitives per clock cycle. The result is incredibly fast geometry performance, ensuring smooth handling of complex models for CAD and DCC users. For example, CAD engineers can handle large models to efficiently complete tasks in real-world applications. The AMD FirePro V5900 and AMD FirePro V7900 also feature DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 support as well as a massive 2GB GDDR5 frame buffer.

AMD FirePro V7900 professional graphics cards feature four outputs from one card for a low total solution cost, enabling the ability to drive four independent displays from a single slot card. Additionally, this graphics card includes the ability to support framelock and genlock via the AMD FirePro S400 synchronization module as well as 3D stereo with the included expansion bracket.

AMD FirePro V5900 professional graphics cards deliver a mid-range high performance solution without exceeding 75W power draw with power saving techniques for reduced wattage. Coupled with AMD Eyefinity technology, the AMD FirePro V5900 supports three display outputs.

AMD FirePro products are tested on an on-going basis in real-world scenarios to help ensure compatibility and stability for certification with many leading software applications. AMD FirePro V5900 and AMD FirePro V7900 have received certification for a variety of Autodesk 2012 applications in addition to Ansys 13.0, Bentley Systems Microstation V8i, CEI EnSight 9.2.2b, CEI EnSight CFD 3.5, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.'s SolidWorks 2010 and 2011 3D CAD software, ESRI ArcGIS 10, ESRI ArcGIS 9.3.1, and Side Effects Software Houdini 11.

With the AMD FirePro V7900 starting at $999 USD MSRP and AMD FirePro V5900 starting at $599 USD MSRP, both cards are available from professional graphics retailers worldwide.

For more information, visit the product pages of V5900 and V7900.Images Courtesy: TechReport.
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25 Comments on AMD FirePro Professional Graphics Get Even Better, Outperform Competition by 100%

#1
scheilinkin
are these based on 6xxx series or 7xxx?
like when Opterons always get out first and then the consumer ones, Phenoms, follow few months after
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#2
PHaS3
6xxx

They will be based off the HD 6xxx series, with graphics its normally opposite to CPU's, meaning the consumer boards come first, then the professional boards follow later.
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#3
bucketface
by: scheilinkin
are these based on 6xxx series or 7xxx?
like when Opterons always get out first and then the consumer ones, Phenoms, follow few months after
should be 6xxx series, that seems to be the way things go with pro graphics cards (was beaten to the punch)
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#5
micropage7
i love the design, pretty slim
why doesnt AMD design their vga card with single slot too? it would be rock
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#6
hat
Enthusiast
by: micropage7
i love the design, pretty slim
why doesnt AMD design their vga card with single slot too? it would be rock
Because:[quote]AMD FirePro V5900 professional graphics cards deliver a mid-range high performance solution without exceeding 75W power draw with power saving techniques for reduced wattage. Coupled with AMD Eyefinity technology, the AMD FirePro V5900 supports three display outputs.[/url]

There's a certain place for single slot coolers, and the high-end desktop GPU segment isn't it. They draw too much power and put out too much heat for single slot coolers. Even my 8800GT runs hot with a single slot cooler, and that puts out far less heat than current high end cards like the 6870.
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#7
Jonap_1st
by: micropage7
i love the design, pretty slim
why doesnt AMD design their vga card with single slot too? it would be rock
how firepro and radeon works are completely different. but as far as we know, making high-end radeon's into single slot solution is practically hard, since you have to find a great solution to cooling down your gpu..
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#8
Sasqui
Someone please buy one of these and take the cooler off. Let's see what is really under the hood :rolleyes:
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#9
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
why do they have Crossfire connectors?
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#10
micropage7
by: wolf
why do they have Crossfire connectors?
for anyone who has money tree, that kinda insane, look at the price 999$ then you make it crossfire 1998$ :toast: you can use it for house down payment :D
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#11
erocker
by: micropage7
for anyone who has money tree, that kinda insane, look at the price 999$ then you make it crossfire 1998$ :toast: you can use it for house down payment :D
You miss the point again. These cards are for the commercial sector not public/home use.
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#12
MrAlex
by: wolf
why do they have Crossfire connectors?
So two cards can be used....?
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#13
wahdangun
by: micropage7
i love the design, pretty slim
why doesnt AMD design their vga card with single slot too? it would be rock
because it will make the card longer, to housing the cooler, and it will dump all the heat into your case,
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#14
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
by: micropage7
for anyone who has money tree, that kinda insane, look at the price 999$ then you make it crossfire 1998$ :toast: you can use it for house down payment :D
by: MrAlex
So two cards can be used....?
two cards can be used anyway, I was under the impression that Crossfire was only for gaming GPU performance, and would have little application with the commercial sector.

do Quadro cards have SLi connectors too? just seems pointless to me is all.
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#15
OneCool
100% faster than what? :wtf:
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#16
erocker
by: OneCool
100% faster than what? :wtf:
The other company that makes video cards?
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#17
OneCool
Matrox! :laugh:


I thought nVidia had Cuda and all that stuff.Dont they have the fastest Super Computer now with just nVidia cards in it based on the 5xx series?
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#18
erocker
by: OneCool
Matrox! :laugh:


I thought nVidia had Cuda and all that stuff.Dont they have the fastest Super Computer now with just nVidia cards in it based on the 5xx series?
Every time a company releases a new high end professional GPU, they claim it's faster. It's marketing.
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#19
micropage7
by: erocker
You miss the point again. These cards are for the commercial sector not public/home use.
yeah today i look missing much, its segmen is corporate and serious user like 3d, animation and so
so the price and the performance must meet it and thats why it tagged pretty high
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#20
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
by: wolf
two cards can be used anyway, I was under the impression that Crossfire was only for gaming GPU performance, and would have little application with the commercial sector.

do Quadro cards have SLi connectors too? just seems pointless to me is all.
yes they support crossfire
crossfire is handy in many apps
a good example would be

Autodesks Mudbox which is truly 3D and does high polygon models much like Zbrush which is only 2.5D,

point is you start pushing 500 million polygons in full 3D while testing and sculpting doing displacment maps testing ambient occlusion etc you need GPU muscle for that

my old 5850s died out at around 20million in the APP, the 6k series are much better in this regard, and the Fire GL cards are purposely built with APPs like that in mind

Auto CAD, 3DS Max, Autodesk Maya, Mudbox etc these apps are ment to take advantage of whatever hardware resources you have, and how do we get more performance in games ? add more gpus same applies in this situation crossfire has very few true uses in these situations but it STILL has uses. of course while minor in the grand scheme of things think of it this way

total cost to give the cards Crossfire is what $5 on the PCB? now if they pull that feature what developer relations may suffer do to its removal? It dosent hurt anything for it to be there and people do get use for it thus it remains.

There actually nothing more then glorified desktop gpus just the memory timings are far looser and clock speeds are dialed back because these might be used 24/7 so they need extreme reliability and the price tag is high because customer service with these kinds of gpus in far better then any consumer lvl gpu. were talking 2-3 day replacment at least when i was in college when only 1 gpu died in 1 out of 20 render labs, the card was replaced by amd / ati within 3 days. At least thats what the lead Tech said. eitherway they cost alot for the grade A customer service and reliability.
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#21
OneCool
Does it seem odd to any one else that their single slot cooling..
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#22
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
no its not odd memory is most likely downclocked as well as the core, and with a slight down clock on both, and looser memory timings heat generation would be less, you also have to remember there gonna use pricey ram for these cards and cherry picked chips with lower vcores if i didnt miss my guess.
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#23
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Update: V5900 is priced at $599, not $699.
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#24
a_ump
so um, what GPU is the V5900 using? bc in its spec's it says 512SPU's, and i thought the number of SPU's always jumped or dropped a certain amount? i didn't know AMD had a GPU that was clustered in a way that 512 SPU's could be set. nor 1280.

EDIT: looked it up, they both use Cayman Pro GL cores....since when did AMD make diff GPU's for their workstation line-up? I always thought they just converted the desktop counterparts with overhauled drivers for dem special programs.
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#25
arterius2
I have a FirePro (FireGL in ATI days) V7700 in my workstation (paid $1000 for it few years ago), its actually dual slot cooling, full copper heat-sink, decked out with high quality components, weighs like a brick. I have to say that its faster than most gaming cards on the market currently for the types of work I'm doing. professional graphic cards are highly optimized for their targeted environment.
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