A complete lineup
With our review of the V7800 and V4800 FirePro graphics cards from AMD we are basically completing the new Evergreen-based lineup for professional graphics users. The V8800 flagship still dominates but the V7800 is a nice option at about half the price while the V4800 improves performance over the base V3800 for under $200.If you are keeping count, today’s article will mark the completion of a five card lineup (actually the sixth will be coming down the line eventually) from AMD of their new Evergreen-based professional GPUs. Our first article looked at the new architectural benefits that Evergreen brought to the professional market so you will definitely want to start there if this is your first run through of the latest generation of cards from AMD. The FirePro V8800 was spotlighted in that piece.
Shortly after that we got our hands on the new FirePro V5800 and V3800 cards that made up the mid-range and budget professional offerings. Now we finally are testing the remaining two options, the FirePro V7800 and V5800.
The Circle is Now Complete
The FirePro V7800 is much closer to the V8800 than any other Evergreen-based FirePro offering thus far. It includes a 2GB frame buffer but drops from 1600 shader processors to 1440. While it does support Eyefinity technology (as all the FirePros will now) it has outputs for three displays rather than the four we see available on the V8800. The V7800 uses a single slot cooler so it should be able to find its way into smaller, less power hungry systems.