AMD has announced a new flagship model in its line of workstation-class graphics cards, the ATI FirePro V8750. The company has also debuted the S400 genlock and framelock add-on board for use in video editing suites, and announced that its CrossFire technology for using more than one graphics card in a single workstation now supports FirePro boards.

AMD says that the FirePro V8750 has the highest number of shader engines (800) with the highest memory bandwidth (115.2 GB/s) in the entire 3D professional graphics offerings today, which enables professionals to render incredibly complex models and photorealistic images in real-time.

The parallel processing architecture of the FirePro V8750 maximizes throughput by automatically directing graphics horsepower where it’s needed, according to AMD. The board uses ATI Stream technology to allow applications to tap the power of the graphics for tasks other than 3D processing, such as the currently-in-beta ATI Stream Encoder plug-in for Adobe's Premiere Pro CS4 that accelerates the encoding of MPEG-2 and H.264 video.


With ATI FirePro V8750, applications that take advantage of the shader units and memory bandwidth perform significantly better than with rival boards, according to AMD. The company says that Autodesk's 3DS Max real-time OpenGL performance runs 118 per cent faster on the ATI FirePro V8750 than on nVidia's Quadro FX 4800.

The card featuring 2GB of GDDR5 frame buffer memory, and has two DisplayPort outputs, one Dual Link-enabled DVI output and one Stereo sync output.