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AMD Releases FirePro V9800 Professional Graphics Card

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AMD released the FirePro V9800 professional graphics card. This is the company's top professional offering, based on the 40 nm Evergreen architecture. The GPU features 1600 stream processors, 256-bit GDDR5 memory interface connecting to 4 GB of memory, and display outputs that include six mini-DisplayPort connectors. The card supports the latest industry-standard 3D APIs including Microsoft DirectX 11, OpenGL 4, and includes support for OpenCL GPU-compute API. The card is meant for mission-critical environments such as oil and gas exploration, 3D medical imaging, design and engineering, and 3D content production. Apart from supporting the ATI Eyefinity6 technology, it also packs support for stereoscopic 3D technologies. The card will be sold directly under the AMD brand by board partners, it is priced at US $3,500.

 
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Nice looking card
 

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I can't understand why price is so high.
 

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It's a professional workstation card. High prices on this type of hardware isn't new and it's not meant for the normal home consumer.
 
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is it possible to use another card to mod it into FirePro?
And if yes which benefits does it give? I recall that autocad was accelerated by many gpus and not just those workstation cards :shadedshu
 

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Seems like it's taken them a long time to get a top evergreen part out there as a firepro card.

essentially it seems to be a 4gb 5870 eyefinitey6 edition running a different bios, I could be wrong tho.
 

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is it possible to use another card to mod it into FirePro?
And if yes which benefits does it give?
If you're NASA, a cancer hospital, or a big-fat oil company in the middle of something, you'd want FirePro/Quadro for its mission-critical durability compared to cheapo modded Radeon/GeForce. The same reason why they also tend to use Xeon/Opteron instead of Core/Phenom.
 
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not to mention there geared more towards accurate rendering for as opposed to as fast as possible with inconsistency
 
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these cards i believe are optimised for open gl and other professional standards, so even though its the same hardware, this will crush your 5870 in professional apps by miles
 
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these cards i believe are optimised for open gl and other professional standards, so even though its the same hardware, this will crush your 5870 in professional apps by miles
Well by a significant margin.

Most of the cost goes into driver development specifically for OpenGL, plus as professional application specific certification, such as Autodesk products, CAD/CAM (such as Solid Works) and special effects processing, real time imaging, etc. etc. etc.

Back in the X800 days, there was a hardware hack to take a $250 card and turn it into a $1500 FireGL workstation card. I'm not sure if that's even close to possible with the 58xx series.
 
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In our school of geo-informatics, which studies not only oil, but all things that have to do with earth, we have an old quadro card inserted in a computer and the teacher demonstrated us how graphics help designating in real time how earthquakes split the road in half. I also know that avatar was made with quadro (nvidia).
 
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4GB of GDDR5 with a specifically optimized driver set for double precision, and most likely binned cores......
Would you like to be told you have cancer as the GPU rendering had some issues while it was processing the composite images from a contrast scan?
 

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Gone are the days of trading drivers and making $300 cards into $2000 cards. That ended x8xx series. This card is worth the money, assuming you are cooperation.
 
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Maybe one day I'll be able to afford a used v9800 to crank up video/3d rendering.
 

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3850 could be soft modded to a firegl card but that was the last moddable card of the era so to speak
 
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If you're NASA, a cancer hospital, or a big-fat oil company in the middle of something, you'd want FirePro/Quadro for its mission-critical durability compared to cheapo modded Radeon/GeForce. The same reason why they also tend to use Xeon/Opteron instead of Core/Phenom.
I work in a big fat oil company.
fortune 500 company in fact, and we dont run too much of theese.
5970 is the way! thats what they demand, and 12 I7 cores ofc, and 64 gb ram.
or is it?
It isnt... they cant get enough....

Alltho our standard is 3650mobile, G310mobile, 5870mobile(firepro version) and some quadro mobile.
5870 standard firepro version, and quadro 3800 have been a standard, all the upper designers have done.
4870x2 5970 or gtx280(no fermi have yet been purchased, and doesnt seem like they need)
the 280 is fast enough for the stuff the 5970 cannot handle.

We dont just buy firepro and quadro, we dont demand that videomemory, we just demand that we can say to ati, hey this app runs horrible, fix it. and thats why the price is so high.
 
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this card supersedes the v8800 (which is the same architecture) the only diference is slightly less power consumption double the vram and two more display ports it performs marginally better but at double the price i find it hard to justify
 
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I wonder if they made it possible to flash a regular card to the workstation equivalent would it really hurt sales. Companies are very unlikely to do that, you don't see them all running pirated copies of windows. It would leave them with a bunch of unsupported, unwarrantied products with crippled memory. And it's not like the individual who did this for personal use could have afforded the workstation card to begin with. So it would seem allowing that would just increase sales on the mainstream end.
 
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I disagree. Perhaps there are just more honest companies where you live than around here ;)

Why such lengths have been taken to prevent this I believe has less to do with the amateur modeler and more with ensuring buyers who pay the premium that they actually receive a genuine Quadro/FireGL/Pro.