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AMD FirePro V5800 and V3800 Review - Evergreen completes the sweep

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: AMD

Testing Methodology, System Setup and CineBench 11/10

Testing professional graphics board is a much different beast that our
reviews on consumer graphics solutions that focus nearly completely on
gaming.  The user interested in a Quadro or FirePro card MIGHT be
curious how the card performs in gaming, but in reality the decision to
buy a card of this cost is based on other application performance: 3D
modeling, CAD and design tools. 

By far the most interesting tests for us with this kind of product
are the SPEC series of benchmarks.  SPECviewperf has long been a staple
for evaluating professional level application performance and the newest
version enables us to test a multitude of results.  Applications like
Maya, 3D Studio Max, SolidWorks and UGS NX are simulated as are several
others; the benchmark allows us to easily test how the graphics cards
help in scaling with multisampling as well as multi-threaded

Also, we have
included the OpenGL portion of the CineBench 10 and 11 rendering
benchmark and
even given 3DMark Vantage a whirl for those of you really interested in
how 2GB of frame buffer affects performance.



System Setup


Intel Core i7-965


ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution


Corsair 3 x 2GB DDR3-1333



Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB






AMD FirePro V8800 2GB

AMD FirePro V5800 1GB

AMD FirePro V3800 512MB

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800 1GB



 NVIDIA Quadro 197.54

AMD FirePro 8.723.6

Power Supply PC

Power and Cooling 1000 watt



DX11/ DX10

/ DX9c / OpenGL



Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

I have to admit we don't have nearly the selection of Quadro cards as we do GeForce options but I did have a newer Quadro FX 3800 card on hand to pit against the new V5800 and V3800 cards from AMD.  The FX 3800 from NVIDIA current sells for about $850 - above the $469 that we expect to see the new FirePro V5800 sell for and WELL above the $109 the V3800 is estimated at.  When we get more options from both AMD and NVIDIA we will be doing another all-encompassing professional graphics roundup. 

CineBench 10 and 11

rendering benchmark based off of the Cinema 4D engine is a terrific
indicator for multi-threaded processing.

The CineBench 10 results are pretty limited in scaling because of the test's age but in the CineBench 11 results you can see the AMD FirePro line is pretty compelling.  The FirePro V5800 is nearly twice as fast as the Quadro FX 3800 here and even the $109 FirePro V3800 is only 50% or so behind it.

November 11, 2011 | 02:48 AM - Posted by Jon Clone (not verified)

I like reading about the AMD FirePro V5800 and V3800 reviews. I think those who want to get these graphic cards may need to read the reviews first before deciding whether to buy them. There are so many reviews of web sites and IT products. I think there are also reviews on Groupon and its clones.

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