AMD targets workstation market with ATI FirePro V8800

AMD has introduced a high-end graphics card targeted at the lucrative workstation market.

The $1500 ATI FirePro V880 features Eyefinity technology, 2GB of ultra high speed GDDR5 memory and offers more than double the computational power of last-gen cards.

The new FirePro also includes a large frame buffer along with a full, 30-bit display pipeline. 

AMD senior VP Rick Bergman told TG Daily that the V8800 was designed for users who work with large data sets or shader-intensive rendering applications and require high-end computational power.

“Based on a new generation GPU with 1600 stream processors, the ATI FirePro V8800 ultra parallel processing architecture delivers 2.6 teraflops of raw compute power and helps maximize throughput by automatically directing graphics horsepower where it is needed,” explained Bergman. 

“Intelligent management of computational resources enables enhanced utilization of the GPU to enable real-time rendering of extremely complex models and scenes.”

Indeed, the V8800 boasts four DisplayPort outputs, which allows the card to:

  • Present a multi-monitor desktop of over 10,000 pixels wide.
  • Drive a 4K projector.

  • Deliver combinations of portrait and landscape orientations.
  • Power virtual prototyping and video wall scenarios with multiple projectors.

The V8800 – which supports OpenGL 4, OpenCL and DX11 – has already been endorsed by a number of industry heavyweights, including SolidWorks. 

“As a world leader in 3D design and simulation, [we are] committed to optimizing [our] software to take advantage of the innovative features, performance and reliability that ATI FirePro professional graphics have provided our users for many years,” said SolidWorks spokesperson Darren Henry. 

“With ATI FirePro V8800, our users can create more realistic designs and quickly render them and make necessary changes in near real-time. Not only can users get more done each day, they can spend more time focusing on the task at hand and freely create without being bogged down by technology.”