AMD has used the IBC trade show in Amsterdam to launch two graphics cards for 3D and VFX professionals -- a flagship board at the top of the company's range, and an entry-level card.

AMD says that the ATI FirePro V8700 is ideally suited for users who work with large models and shader-intensive applications offering a large frame buffer for complex and large data sets plus a 30-bit display pipeline for accurate colour reproduction and superior visual quality. By utilizing GDDR5 memory technology, engineers and designers can focus on project work without concerns for memory limitations that traditionally impact applications. This ultra high-end workstation solution with 1GB frame buffer memory also features 800 shader (or stream) units. ATI FirePro V8700 graphics accelerator features two DisplayPort connectors and a Dual-Link DVI-I display output.

ATI FirePro V3750 is the first entry-level card feature DisplayPort outputs, this entry-level graphics product features 256MB of frame buffer memory with 320 shader (or stream) processing units, dual link DVI and two DisplayPort connections.

The ATI FirePro V8700 graphics accelerator is expected to begin shipping in fourth quarter 2008 for £749 plus VAT, and the ATI FirePro V3750 graphics accelerator is expected to begin shipping in fourth quarter 2008 with a MSRP of £100 plus VAT.