Tuesday, February 7th 2012

AMD Introduces the FirePro V3900 Professional Graphics Card

AMD today launched the AMD FirePro V3900, which enables best-in-class workstation experiences at an entry-level price point. By leveraging AMD's latest graphics features, including AMD Eyefinity technology, the AMD FirePro V3900 provides up to 95% better application performance than the competition. The AMD FirePro V3900 will be available in select workstation systems today and will be sold for USD$119 MSRP at select online resellers.

"The AMD FirePro V3900 is the most powerful entry-level professional graphics card on the market today," says Sandeep Gupte, general manager of Professional Graphics, AMD. "Armed with advanced multi-display capability of AMD Eyefinity technology, extensive certifications for professional applications and blazing fast performance, it offers best-in-class value for our technical and business customers."


Engineered for professionals looking for optimized graphics performance at entry-level pricing, the AMD FirePro V3900's 1 GB of DDR3 RAM drives memory bandwidth of almost 29 GB/s, maximizing GPU performance for the highest level of user experience.3 And through AMD's productive relationship with workstation solution providers, graphics professionals will have access to the AMD FirePro V3900 in a range of industry-leading systems from HP and others.

"HP makes workstations that meet the needs of the world's most demanding customers and feature the latest technologies," says Jeff Wood, vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. "The AMD FirePro V3900, in combination with our HP Z Workstations, offers robust performance for professional workstation applications, providing HP customers with a seamless user experience at an affordable price."

AMD FirePro products are tested and certified with many leading software applications to ensure compatibility, stability, and optimal performance. OpenGL 4.2 and OpenCL support means users can render and manipulate models using the broadest range of tools and applications and know the graphics card is compatible with current and future software applications.

"The AMD FirePro V3900 certainly delivers the performance, reliability and compatibility that CAD professionals are looking for when undertaking the latest design projects," said Nick Iwaskow, Senior Alliances & Partnership Manager, DS SolidWorks Corp. "Coupled with the best 3D CAD solutions from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. it can enhance the design process for professionals everywhere."

The AMD FirePro V3900 has received certification for a variety of applications including AutoCAD, UGS NX, PTC Creo, SolidWorks and Autodesk 3Ds Max.

Specs sheet courtesy of HotHardware.
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18 Comments on AMD Introduces the FirePro V3900 Professional Graphics Card

#1
hhumas
what is the use of gpu in workstation ???
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repman244
by: hhumas
what is the use of gpu in workstation ???
CAD programs and such, FirePro/Quadro perform much better with CAD programs than normal gaming cards.
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#4
Maban
Can gaming GPUs be flashed as reliably to Quadro/FirePro as they used to?
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#5
Dj-ElectriC
I know some models used to.
From how it looks, this card is based on the Radeon HD6670 GPU
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#6
repman244
by: Maban
Can gaming GPUs be flashed as reliably to Quadro/FirePro as they used to?
My guess is no, but you can do a driver mod to turn it into a FirePro/Quadro, where you don't risk bricking the card.
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#7
Completely Bonkers
FireGL cards used to have better handling of high resolution displays, like 2kx2k and 2560x1600. Now these resolutions can be handled by consumer gaming cards.

FireGL used to have better output and 10-bit colour per channel allowing for better calibration.

FireGL used to come with better warranties and support.

FireGL was optimised for OpenGL. I remember OpenGL based games would run faster on FireGL cards than their gaming equivalents. Not sure why, if it was a driver thing, or a firmware thing, and how hardware resources were allocated.

However, with FirePro (rather than FireGL) and the new architecture of all cards I'm not sure what FirePro has over regular cards.
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#8
Para_Franck
Very interesting, the old firepro3750 at work is starting to feel old and the price of these workstation is very steep when you don't buy entry level. For my CAD needs, entry level is good enough.

Para
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#9
Red_Machine
Early Quadro and FireGL cards were the same as their desktop counterparts, just with different BIOSes and customised drivers. I can't say if the same is true these days, though.
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#10
jpierce55
This is certainly cheaper than the old Quadro/Fire GL's. I suspect it is more CAD optimized than another g-card in the same price range.
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#11
repman244
by: Completely Bonkers
FireGL cards used to have better handling of high resolution displays, like 2kx2k and 2560x1600. Now these resolutions can be handled by consumer gaming cards.

FireGL used to have better output and 10-bit colour per channel allowing for better calibration.

FireGL used to come with better warranties and support.

FireGL was optimised for OpenGL. I remember OpenGL based games would run faster on FireGL cards than their gaming equivalents. Not sure why, if it was a driver thing, or a firmware thing, and how hardware resources were allocated.

However, with FirePro (rather than FireGL) and the new architecture of all cards I'm not sure what FirePro has over regular cards.
I think they only renamed them to FirePro, they are still optimized for OpenGL, have ECC VRAM (high end have more VRAM than gaming cards), and they still have that 10-bit option in the CCC.
You can play games with them but expect lower performance or problems with games.

They still use the same chip that's on the gaming versions but the main price you pay is for the optimized drivers and few other things I already mentioned.
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#12
DRDNA
I wonder if they can fold and I wonder how good they would be at it...?
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#13
dude12564
by: DRDNA
I wonder if they can fold and I wonder how good they would be at it...?
The GFLOPS performance seems close to regular cards that are in the same price range.
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#14
Isenstaedt
by: Dj-ElectriC
I know some models used to.
From how it looks, this card is based on the Radeon HD6670 GPU
From how it looks or maybe because of that table which says Turks?
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#16
Thefumigator
Professional cards have also better color accuracy, if paired with the right monitor.
While I haven't seen any difference in a professional monitor when running a pro and a non pro graphic card, some graphic designers with eagle eyes do find certain difference sometimes. Don't know if this is in fact true.
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#18
wahdangun
by: repman244
I think they only renamed them to FirePro, they are still optimized for OpenGL, have ECC VRAM (high end have more VRAM than gaming cards), and they still have that 10-bit option in the CCC.
You can play games with them but expect lower performance or problems with games.

They still use the same chip that's on the gaming versions but the main price you pay is for the optimized drivers and few other things I already mentioned.
yes and they also pay for certificated driver so the firepro card will guarantee to work with their software, and also have more performance than their commercial counterpart, and no its not placebo effect.
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