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AMD intros ATI FirePro with Radeon HD 5000 tech

updated 08:45 am EDT, Wed April 7, 2010

ATI FirePro V8800 packs DX11, Eyefinity

AMD today brought its most recent graphic core to the workstation field by launching the ATI FirePro V8800. It supports hardware tessellation and other DirectX 11 (or OpenGL 4.0) features as the Radeon HD 5000 series, but with workstation-optimized hardware and software. The core pushes up to 2.6 teraflops of computing power and becomes especially convenient for pros with Eyefinity, as even a single card has four DisplayPort outputs that can combine to form larger-resolution virtual displays.

Inside, the V8800 has the same 1,600 stream (visual processing) cores as the Radeon HD 5870 and has the same 2GB of GDDR5 RAM as the Eyefinity 6 Edition board. Its memory isn't quite as fast but, at 147.2GB per second, still has the most bandwidth of any single-chip workstation card. Pro work is given a lift not just by OpenCL support but by supporting the FirePro S400 sync module to keep all four displays in sync for video editing and other time-sensitive visuals.

AMD is selling the V8800 itself and puts it at a relatively low price for high-end workstation graphics, at $1,499. Workstations should also come with the new FirePro pre-installed, but no specific customers have been named.

By Electronista Staff


  1. taylorv

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    You'd think it worked on a mac....

    Since this post was on Macnn, you'd think that it would work on OSX..... but it doesn't.

    I guess because this card has silicone in it and Apple is located in Silicone Valley, that the two are related. That's the only rationale I can come up with.

  1. brute

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    Joined: Jan 2006


    I'm with you...

    Everytime I see a new video card shown on this site, I get a little thrill, only to realize that it's never gonna' see the inside of an Apple Mac...

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Silicone is what they put in women's b******...

    It's silicon that's used to make computer chips and also the name of the Valley.

    And yeah, all the best graphic cards will never go into a Mac. To this day, I don't quite understand why. Apple should be able to afford the best programmers to make those graphics cards work with Macs and yet nothing is ever done. I'd figure the Mac Pro is one of the finest computers ever built and could use the best graphics cards to the most advantage. What's the point of Snow Leopard and Grand Central Dispatch if all those super multicore cards aren't even used.

    I guess the cash return to Apple wouldn't be worth the effort.

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