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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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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.