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  • phoronix
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    AMD FirePro V8700 1GB

    Phoronix: AMD FirePro V8700 1GB

    The ATI FireGL graphics cards have been a staple of the workstation graphics scene for about a decade, but last year AMD made the decision to end the FireGL series and create the FirePro 3D series in its place. The FirePro 3D series is now made up of graphics cards ranging in price from under $100 USD and built using their RV730 GPU to their highest-end models costing well over $1,000 and using the RV770XT graphics processor. The ATI RV770XT is what is used by the consumer-grade Radeon HD 4870, which was greeted by same-day Linux support and other firsts for their Linux Catalyst driver like OverDrive, RandR 1.2 support, and CrossFire. The support for the new FirePro graphics cards is also first-rate under Linux with their Catalyst driver, but how is their performance? In this article we are examining the ATI FirePro V8700 1GB workstation graphics card under Linux.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=13594

  • BlackStar
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    I am using Blender on Linux with an Ati 4850 card and there are no significant issues to speak of. There used to be a bug when using Blender under Compiz, where the Gnome toolbars would disappear (you could still click them), but this to be fixed now.

    In short, Blender seems to work fine on both my Nvidia Quadro laptop and my (much more powerful) Ati desktop.

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  • gennaro
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    So, did you test it then?
    I'm willing to buy a Dell Precision, and for my budget the chanches are:
    1. M6400, with a Core Duo processor and a QuadroFX 2700 or
    2. M6500, with an i7 processor and a firepro M7740.

    There is no way to have the i7 + quadro
    same price (around 1500 euro +vat, next model is 400 euro out of budget)
    I want to use blender under linux, and I'nm afraid to get in trouble with ati, even if on their site there are the drivers for Ubuntu.
    Thank you for any advice.

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  • Darkfire Fox
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    Is there any sort of roadmap available for a FOSS Ati Firepro driver, or does AMD need to release the documentation yet?

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  • grantek
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    Put them in 2 workstations and get double the work done?

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  • Kano
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    It is highly unlikely you will see an increase with specviewperf benchmarks using 2 then... But what if you have got already 2 of em?

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  • bridgman
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    Sure, but it seems unlikely that they would buy a second workstation card just so they could use Crossfire for gaming, if there wasn't also a benefit from the second card on workstation apps.

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  • Kano
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    Some workstation users want to play a game too...

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  • bridgman
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    I don't know for sure, but my guess is that the benefit is much less with workstation-type apps. Consumer apps tend to be pixel-shader limited (so multiple cards can make a big difference even if the vertex processing is duplicated) but workstation apps are as likely to be vertex-shader limited and current multi-GPU implementations (ours or competitors) wouldn't help much there.

    For workstation use there seemed to be more interest in things like frame-lock than Crossfire.

    I re-read Michael's article and didn't see anything about crashes with >1 card in the system; is that from another test ?
    Last edited by bridgman; 03-19-2009, 04:46 PM.

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  • Kano
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    @bridgman

    Why is CF not supported with FirePro? At least not in Win and Linux tests only crashed the system using 2x FirePro V7750.

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