ATI has brought to the fore a good mid range professional graphics card that fills the gap in this sector. Over the last 4 months they have driven forward new drivers that see significant leaps forward in performance that will appease the many.
Well engineered and we must also take into consideration ATI’s thought for the demand of their end-users with the recent launch of the ATI® FirePro™ V5800 Dual DVI card aimed squarely at the Medical professionals. This will allow them to utilise the full 30-bit Display Pipeline enabling more colour values than 24-bit products for more accurate colour and grayscale reproductions. These enhancements especially within mission critical outputs must be extremely accurate in the reproduction of reading and manipulating a model or viewing MRI scans or other outputs similar to this nature.
We have now nearly concluded over the last year the complete ATI FirePro range and each article shows off each card in tremendous light in it’s chosen competitive area. ATI most certainly have completed their homework here as it is a fine piece of engineering the ATI® FirePro™ V5800. But, and there always is, what of the future as we are nearing a complete year since initial launch of the new range of FirePro professional cards. There are many rumours’ are firing about. What to believe. That is difficult to put to print. All we can say from this location, is watch these spaces and take fully into account it does take quite some considerable amount of time to put together a new range of professional cards and their drivers. Although, never say never as the crystal ball is a tad cloudy at the moment.
One point of note is that of the single slot slim line cooling array built onto the ATI® FirePro™ V5800. For those who have a supplied chassis that has a good intake fan then the aerodynamic front of the card most certainly will make use of that cool air coming in, keeping key components cool and in turn ensuring longevity of the products within.
Currently the stand alone pricing of the ATI® FirePro™ V5800 is approximately £270.00 (or for those in EU land approximately €321.00 Euro’s) before Taxes and shipping. The price point of the ATI® FirePro™ V5800 and will allow many System Integrators and VAR’s to build respectable powerful systems at a cost suitable to many. Therefore we see a good bang for buck across the board and there should be no skimping on suitable peripherals to match the card. For some and there are a few, this could seem a touch too much, for the majority a reasonable price point for a professional graphics card of this nature. Therefore if in doubt, shop around and find out. Ultimately and the end point is that it is down to individual choice, as we have this option now right across the board.
The plethora of benchmarks available in this arena; one could spend all day in producing results if the time permitted, paralysis by analysis! In order to make this a factual hard hitting article we looked carefully at what the community really need to see, many have their own in house tests. It has to be noted that these are very important points to take into due consideration before making that all important final deliberation. Some may find and uncover that their own internal tests do run much faster than the APC, therefore one has to think very carefully. The specific professional tests are good as the screen shot shows exactly what the reader needs at a glance without a running commentary taking up that precious time each day demands. Before moving forward with these in house tests they still rely heavily upon the industries professional benchmarks that the unified good people at SPEC® take so much time to produce. Deviating slightly – watch these spaces for more news soon on this topic.
Within SPECapc™ for SolidWorks 2007 we see the improvements. Todays professional graphic cards within this benchmark do not show their true potential and we are only seeing a snippet of the cards actual true complete potential. However within the full scoring of the Day in the Life and the actual SPECapc the graphical results are good and not far behind Nvidia®
The results shown within both SPECapc SM for 3ds Max 9 TM and SPECapcSM for Maya 2009 have shown good improvements. For the perceptive professional in these arenas productivity will only increase, and, increased productivity in the mid range is a major boost for the final production from the high end solutions within the studio’s.
Within SPECviewperf® 11 the scaling performance ATI® FirePro™ V5800 has been good showing some excellent significant improvements within certain areas, predominately those being Catia-03, Lightwave-01 and SW-03. Therefore ATI are now playing catch-up with Nvidia’s® dominance. We have been advised that more FirePro™ driver improvements are underway within the next package. Until then, we have to wait and see.
Overall there should be happy people in AMD’s® H.Q. today the ATI® FirePro™ V5800 performance has accomplished itself impeccably.
EDITORS Recommendation – for Mid Range Professional Workstation Card
Page 1 – Introduction
Page 2 – V5800 Pictures
Page 3 – System Build and Software Used
Page 4 – SiSoftware Sandra 2011 Video Card Tests
Page 5 – Cinebench 11.5 64-bit, Bentley MicroStation and Redway Turbine Benchmarks
Page 6 – SPECviewperf® 11.0 64-bit, SPECapc for SolidWorks 2007™, SPECapcSM for Maya 2009 and SPECapc SM for 3ds Max 9 TM
Page 7 – Conclusions and Award