FirePro cards carry new GPUs into workstations

Fresh from the launch of its cheap Radeon HD 4600-series desktop graphics cards, AMD has gone on to bolster its workstation graphics lineup with two new GPUs: the high-end FirePro V8700 and the more affordable FirePro V3750.

AMD clearly aims the V8700 at heavy-duty stuff, because that GPU has a $1,499 suggested retail price, 800 stream processors, 1GB of GDDR5 memory (with a cool 108.8GB/s of bandwidth), and a 30-bit display pipeline. The card also touts a pair of DisplayPort display outputs, a dual-link DVI connection, and stereo 3D support.  Sounds to us like this card is based on the same RV770 chip used in the Radeon HD 4800 series.

The V3750 isn't quite as fancy. AMD quotes an MSRP of just $199, and it says that offering has 320 SPs and 256MB of slower memory (with only 24.4GB/s of bandwidth). Still, the V3750 has the same two DisplayPort and one dual-link DVI output setup as its cousin, and AMD claims it can outperform previous previous-generation products by 30-40%. The engine here is likely the same RV730 GPU that powers the recently annouced Radeon HD 4600 series of graphics cards.

Check out AMD's workstation products site and FirePro GPU matrix for more details. Don't go shopping for either product just yet, though. AMD says the FirePro V8700 and V3750 will start shipping some time next quarter.

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