AMD Rolls Out AMD FirePro V4900 for CAD Professionals on a Budget

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As part of their slow rebranding process of ATI’s graphics division, AMD rolled out an update to their enterprise graphics division this week. The AMD FirePro V4900 is designed to offer high-end features, such as triple-monitor Eyefinity support, to CAD professionals with thin wallets.

AMD FirePro V4900Specifications:

  • Stream processors: 480
  • Memory: 1GB GDDR5
  • Bandwidth: 64GB/s
  • DirectX 11.0, OpenGL, Shader Model 5.0
  • Video ports: 2x DisplayPort, 1x Dual-link DVI
  • Maximum resolution supported: 2560×1600 @ 60Hz

Coming in at only $189, the FirePro V4900 is a boon to professionals looking for an affordable render card that supports multiple monitors. AMD’s Eyefinity is their brand name for shoving multiple video ports on a single card – where once we could only use one or two on a solitary video card, AMD has pushed that up to a whopping six.

 

One of the reasons why graphics professionals tend to go with professional cards such as the FirePro and QuadroFX instead of their consumer-oriented Radeon and GeForce brethren has to do with application certification. If you’re working in a pro-level environment and the systems go down, some app providers can refuse to offer support if you’re not working on a “qualified solution”.

The V4900 has already been certified to support the following software packages:

Abaqus/CAE 6.11, ANSYS 13.0, Autodesk 2012 3D design software solutions, Bentley System’s Microstation V8i, BETA CAE Systems’ ANSA and mETA, CEI’s EnSight, EnSight CFD, COMSOL Multiphysics, Esri ArcGIS 9.3.1, and 10, Missler Software TopSolid 2012 CAD/CAM solutions, MSC Software, Patran and SimXpert 2011, Robert McNeel and Associates’ Rhinoceros, SolidWorks Corp.’s SolidWorks 2011 and 2012 3D CAD software, SpaceClaim, Vision Numeric 3DESIGN and several solutions from Siemens PLM Software.

The new card is available for purchase now at several online retailers; if you’re looking for a new system rather than just a new graphics card, AMD said that the V4900 can be found in workstation offerings from Dell, HP and Fujitsu.

 

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