This has to have been the most exciting period in professional graphics we have seen in a very long time. Firstly ATI in April 2010 launched its successful new range of professional cards starting out with the FirePro V8800 which caught many by complete surprise - bringing enhanced CrossFire and Eyefinity multi-display technology. A few months later and out popped the V7800 which ended up being one of AMD's main income source for the FirePro series. FirePro V7800 2GB was acknowledged as a successful entry high-end professional graphics card that had 2GB GDDR5 of frame buffer memory and an aggressive price point.
In the recent month many rumors had been flying around and today we take an exclusive look at this new technological advancement in professional graphics which will have many end-users sit up and pay careful attention to what the new FirePro V7900 2GB
has to offer. At a first glance there does not seem to be all that much of a difference when compared to V7800. Four DisplayPorts look identical, single-slot heatsink looks identical, even the board lenght is very similar.
Side by side comparison between two images: V7800 on the left and V7900 on the right. Besides the display connectivity, there are no markable differences between the two
However, if you a look under the neatly designed single-slot heatsink, you'll see where the change lies. First and foremost, AMD replaced the Cypress GL
with Cayman GL GPU
, changing the architecture from legacy-burdened VLIW5
to a new, more efficient VLIW4
. Then we delve into the software and all sorts of magical advancements have been made beneath the hood. Therefore the initial impressions would appear that this is a card that could present itself as a clear and present danger
Based upon a single slot design with the option of an add-in Stereo Out port that the end user can readily fit, if so desired (for 3D displays). The V7900 is a full length card with the now traditional 2GB of GDDR5 with a whopping great 160GB/s memory bandwidth. This is more bandwidth that all previous high-end cards (V7800, V8800, V9800), a welcomed move. When we take a step back and looking at what the optimized systems Tier 1, Tier 2's S.I.'s and VAR's sell directly into studios and the like. Both Dell and HP have shown considerable support for the new cards in many of their own respective new SKU's that will be available soon with Dell bringing to the fore first we hear.
Therefore pulling out all the stops from the usual professional applications and benchmarks we gave the FirePro V7900 a good airing to see how it really did perform. Could this be an option many have been looking for, giving an edge with leading CAD and DCC applications.
Therefore to look more closely at the card we move to the next page for all the new key features.
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