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AMD Launches ATI FirePro V5700 and ATI FirePro V3700 Professional Video Cards

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AMD today raised the bar for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Digital Content Creation (DCC) application performance with the announcement of two new professional graphics accelerators – ATI FirePro V5700 and ATI FirePro V3700. As a part of that announcement, AMD also introduced a new brand for the company’s professional graphics accelerators, ATI FirePro, reflecting AMD’s continuing and evolving commitment to the professional graphics market.


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the 5700 is like a cutdown GDDR3 version of the 3850.
 

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actually on AMD own site it says it's based on 3800 series core.... and the 320 stream processors is a give away.
 
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This is what confuses me about these cards.

They say they are for cad rendering, and someone mentioned that these new ones look like a trimmed down 3800 series.

So why not use a 4850 or higher then? I am perplexed why if another card has higher specs, then why spend so much on the CAD card?
 
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Probably because of the memory. Theres so much memory in a CAD card for many reasons. One of them is to prevent themselves from crashing from a physics failure. Other reasons is to check if the game meets with all consumer hardware requirements so that the game will be compatible. I bet Crytek didn't have one of these.
 

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This one is more geared toward Video and editing. The FireGL V7700 would be the full blown cad card which is the HD3870. There's no real need for ATI to come out with professional card based on the 4800 series until Nvidia release their New quadro series based on next gen GPU.
 
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This is what confuses me about these cards.

They say they are for cad rendering, and someone mentioned that these new ones look like a trimmed down 3800 series.

So why not use a 4850 or higher then? I am perplexed why if another card has higher specs, then why spend so much on the CAD card?
Workstation video cards focus more on vertex rendering, while gaming is more on shaders. Any ways, people you uses these cards are mostly peeps who works for large businesses, and these $1000+ cards are pennies to them.
 

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Probably because of the memory. Theres so much memory in a CAD card for many reasons. One of them is to prevent themselves from crashing from a physics failure. Other reasons is to check if the game meets with all consumer hardware requirements so that the game will be compatible. I bet Crytek didn't have one of these.
There's a different usage of CAD/DCC card versus the radeon. FireGL/FirePro cards are used for creating movies contents and games while the radeon are for playing games and watching HD videos.
 
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i remember that they could be modded out of normal radeon cards just with bios flashing and there was no benefit at that time except other name and driver support.
Speed didn't increase nor functionality changed, so are the really different this time?
 

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I think you're confusing it with the quadro cards that are hardware OpenGL locked.. ATI GPU are not locked like the Nvidia. And the mod is a simple "drivers pursuation".
 
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A simple way to see what is missing from a "regular" graphic card please run a benchmark from the options in AutoCAD 2008 and you'll see that a regular card is actually running with software emulators to achieve a satisfactory performance...
 
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CAD cards are manufactured to tighter specs. Have super resilient drivers and usually more memory.
 

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actually on AMD own site it says it's based on 3800 series core.... and the 320 stream processors is a give away.
According to this review, the V5700 is RV730. That's HD4650/70 to us simple folk.

320sp,UVD2:) 128bit:( Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad!
Although, this could be a HD3690-like "cheap" version and the HD46x0 fully 256bit-sick!:rockout:
 

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ah no wonder it seems low in bandwidth. This is actually good since the drivers will support the 4800 series also. (^___^)-b
something i'll be testing once the drivers for the cards are out.
 
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still far from nvidia quadro