AMD releases 2GB ATI FirePro V8750 Professional Video Card

AMD's latest professional video card, the V8750, packs 2GB GDDR5 RAM together with a 55nm AMD RV770 graphics processor clocked at 750MHz.

With a suggested retail price of $1799, it won't fit the budget of everyone but for the discerning 3D modeller, Oil and Gas professionals or CAD, the FirePro V8750 could prove to be a Godsend.

The RV770 has the highest number of shader engines around - 800 - and the GDDR5 memory, which runs at 900MHz, provides with 115Gbps memory bandwidth.

AMD Professional Graphics' senior director Janet Matsuda said in a statement that "Digital content creation and high end CAD users have been held hostage to high-priced solutions for advanced rendering"

The V8750 also comes with a dual-link DVI-I output, antialiasing features, DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0 support, and a Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD 2) for H.264/AVC, VC-1, and MPEG-2 video as well as two DisplayPort outputs.

Nvidia has the Quadro FX5800 to rival the V8750 but, although it comes with 4GB GDDR3 memory, it costs $1200 more than AMD's graphic card. AMD also has introduced a cheaper version, the V8700, that only comes with 1GB memory although the GPU's speed remains the same.

Users could potentially put up to four graphics cards in a single computer - in quad Crossfire mode - to improve graphics performance although that would certainly come at a price.

Our Comments

The V8750 is definitely not a gamer's card due to its price. It is not even the fastest card on the planet - that award would go for the GTX295 from Nvidia. This leaves us with one question; will AMD release a new version of the RV770 - which is already one year old - or will it release a dual GPU professional card soon.

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