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Hi everyone.
I was wondering if it would make sense to buy two ATI Radeon HD 5870's and use them in a workstation together with an Intel i7 CPU and maybe 12 gigs of RAM, etc..
instead of buying one of those expensive FireProâ„¢ or FireGLâ„¢ workstation cards ?

Would it be possible to softmod this new Radeon into a FireProâ„¢ in the near future, to possibly make it more compatible with the following software?

I use 3D Studio Max extensively, together with Adobe CS4 products

By the way whats the difference between FireProâ„¢ and FireGLâ„¢ (other than the price)?

Quote:
FireGl - Older 3D workstaion cards
FirePro - Newer 3D workstation cards (possibly renamed to distance them from OpenGL)
Fire MV - 'professional' 2D cards (whatever that means) equivalent to Quadro NVS
(source:moward)

thanks


Edited by Digital Artist - 10/23/12 at 12:07am
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post #2 of 13
Should work fine without the need for modding.
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Idk if i could justify buying a Quadro card (nvidia workstation card) All the inventor computers at my dads have 9800 GT's in them and run beautifully. If you do buy a 5870 only get one, as im guessing FirePro or GL do not support Crossfire.

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Im thinking it would be wise since its "the" first DX11 GPU. Not sure if thats usable/workable for a workstation but who knows if a new CAT or Adobe will use DX11.

Comparing the FirePro to FireGL;

ATI FirePro V8750 2GB

Brand ATI
Model 100-505556

Interface
Interface PCI Express 2.0 x16

Chipset
Chipset Manufacturer ATI
GPU FirePro V8750
Stream Processors 800 Unified Shader Engines

Memory
Memory Size 2GB
Memory Type GDDR5

3D API
DirectX DirectX 10.1
OpenGL OpenGL 3.0

Ports
DisplayPort 2
DVI 1
Other Ports 1 x Stereoscopic 3D output connector

Spec
Digital Resolution 2560 x 1600
CrossFire Supported CrossFire Pro
Cooler With Fan
Dual-Link DVI Supported Yes
HDCP Ready Yes


ATI FireGL V8650 2GB

Brand ATI
Model 100-505509

Interface
Interface PCI Express x16
Chipset
Chipset Manufacturer ATI

GPU FireGL V8650
Stream Processors 320 Stream Processing Units

Memory
Memory Size 2GB

3D API
DirectX DirectX 10
OpenGL OpenGL 2.1

Ports
DVI 2
Other Ports 1 x Stereoscopic 3D output connector

Spec
RAMDAC 400MHz
Digital Resolution 2560 x 1600
Cooler With Fan
Dual-Link DVI Supported Yes
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ATi's Fire line is a bit overrated IMO. Get a 4890 2GB, or 5870 2GB when available and you should be good to go for any workstation and/or 2D/3D modeling application machine.
    
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okay thanks for the quick replies guys
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ATI cards are horrid with CAD/CAM programs.
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procpuarie, are you suggesting a nVidia card?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Digital Artist View Post
procpuarie, are you suggesting a nVidia card?
Id look at tomshardware for some reviews, see how the FirePro's do vs. Quadro's.

Because i just looked at Quadro's vs. Geforce and Quadros are well worth the money if thats all you do all day is those programs.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...0,2258-10.html
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rico2001 View Post
ATi's Fire line is a bit overrated IMO. Get a 4890 2GB, or 5870 2GB when available and you should be good to go for any workstation and/or 2D/3D modeling application machine.
they have a 4890 2gb?
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