Dell Precision Workstations powered by AMD ATI FirePro graphics cards


Nothing can seem to stop the steady march of graphics cards onto PCs belonging to avid gamers and digital content creation professionals among other hardcore PC users. With dedicated video cards taking up the task of delivering better visuals, no one’s complaining. Dell’s Precision R5400, T3500, T5500 and T7500 Workstations are the latest to be powered by AMD’s ATI FirePro V7800, ATI FirePro V5800 and ATI FirePro V4800 professional graphics cards.

AMD has been expending all efforts to ensure optimum application performance by getting the aforesaid cards certified by more than 90 application providers including Dassault Systemes SolidWorks and Autodesk. The cards accommodate support OpenGL 4.0, DirectX 11, OpenCL and ATI Eyefinity technology that powers up to three 30” monitors simultaneously. The ATI FirePro V7800 high-end video card comes with 2GB GDDR5 memory and what is touted to be a massively parallel architecture.

“Dell, the world’s leading workstation provider, is working with AMD to create technological innovations that empower professionals in engineering and digital content creation fields,” cited Greg Weir, Senior Manager, Dell Precision Workstations Product and ISV Marketing. “Dell Precision workstations along with the new generation of ATI FirePro graphics provide our workstation professional customers an excellent balance of performance and value.”

“AMD and Dell are working together to offer workstation users a combined solution designed for reliable performance and demanding application support. Our new generation of ATI FirePro professional graphics cards enable Dell to offer workstations that accelerate ATI Stream-enabled software applications and deliver unique features, such as ATI Eyefinity technology, enabling increased productivity by way of expanded screen real estate,” commented Janet Matsuda, senior director, AMD Professional Graphics.

Positioned as a true workhorse, the ATI FirePro V5800 is a mid-range graphics card that offers 1GB GDDR5 memory and twice the performance capability of ATI’s previous generation cards. The entry-level ATI FirePro V4800 card features 1GB GDD5 memory and is cited to deliver good results for entry-level CAD users at value level prices. Apart from the previously mentioned Dell Workstations that are powered by the three video cards, the ATI FirePro V4800 also powers the Dell Precision T1500 Workstation.

AMD says that users can ‘See more and do more’ with the ATI Eyefinity technology support for multiple displays. The launch of 3D and DirectX 11 titles probably make a good case for those pondering over investing in dedicated graphics cards for their PCs.