CHIP DESIGNER AMD has released its entry-level Firepro V4900 graphics card.
AMD's Firepro V4900 is essentially a workstation version of the firm's Radeon HD 6670 with drivers certified on CAD applications such as Autodesk. The Firepro V4900 has 400 stream processors, 1GB of 128-bit GDDDR5 RAM and support for Microsoft's DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2 and OpenCL.
Since AMD's Firepro V4900 has a pretty standard AMD Turks GPU, there is support for the firm's multi-display Eyefinity technology plus two Displayport 1.2 and a single DVI dual-link outputs, supporting up to six displays.
Interestingly, AMD is pushing its Eyefinity technology even in the workstation space, an area where multi-display technology is already mature. Sandeep Gupte, general manager of Professional Graphics at AMD said, "The AMD FirePro V4900 leverages AMD's most advanced graphics technology, which not only enhances user experience and boosts performance of professional applications, but also features AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology that supports up to six displays, increasing user productivity."
Although technically AMD's Firepro V4900 might be little different from the consumer Radeon HD 6670, the fact the board and its drivers are certified for specific applications is absolutely vital for those who need to stand by their work in the field. For those users, paying a significant premium now might be worth any reworking costs incurred in the future.
AMD has already signed up Dell, HP and Fujitsu to offer the Firepro V4900 as an option in their workstations, and cites a $189 price for those wanting to add it to their own workstation. µ