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.