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AMD FirePro V9800 Has Eyefinity 6, Costs $3,499

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One for those who use GPUs for serious things.

Professional parts cost professional money, and AMD today rolled out the ATI FirePro V9800 that comes with a professional $3,499 price tag.

The FirePro V9800 isn't all that different from the FirePro V8800 it usurps – it has the same clock speed, 1,600 stream processors and 147.2GB/s of memory bandwidth.

It's a little more power friendly at 199W, but the really big draw for those who need a lot of displays is that the FirePro V9800 supports Eyefinity 6 to drive a half dozen monitors. The memory doubled to 4GB of GDDR5 is always a nice touch.

The FirePro V8800 was used to help complete 500 final shots in the currently-in-cinemas movie Machete. We don't doubt that Troublemaker Studios will be getting a few FirePro V9800 for the next film.

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    jamie_macdonald , 10 September 2010 19:46
    so they take a $1000 dollar good card and add 2gb of ddr3 (gddr5) and charge $2500 for it (the memory)?? LOL!!!

    ATI are getting as bad as apple for cost ... and there's was me thinking at least their positive was "bang for buck" ...Guess that blows that attitude out of the water eh :) 
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    Pailin , 10 September 2010 19:57
    For a Professional card the prices is pretty cheap actually...
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    jamie_macdonald , 10 September 2010 20:04
    PailinFor a Professional card the prices is pretty cheap actually...


    I agree that for sure ... but really $2500 just for an extra 2gb ram ... is that just me that thinks it's a bit ridiculous then? :) 
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    Pailin , 10 September 2010 20:23
    I understand a part of the reasons for the extra price are in the custom drivers to run with professional apps and the small size the market utilising these pro cards.

    There are also possibly still some small differences in the hardware, maybe down to the chip level.

    These differences + the small market meant that such cards used to cost Huge amounts - several times this price in the past!
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    jamie_macdonald , 10 September 2010 20:25
    PailinI understand a part of the reasons for the extra price are in the custom drivers to run with professional apps and the small size the market utilising these pro cards.There are also possibly still some small differences in the hardware, maybe down to the chip level.These differences + the small market meant that such cards used to cost Huge amounts - several times this price in the past!


    Yeah the small market does indeed make a difference .... Wonder why its on toms as news if it's for such a small market though ;) 
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    Pailin , 10 September 2010 21:34
    It is a techy site where these kinda users come and I think they have reviewed some in the past ;) 
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    jamie_macdonald , 10 September 2010 21:41
    Yup i am one of them techys, £420 was enough for 1.5gb of ram on my Gcard ... $3000 for an extra 2.5gb is not a good thing from either a personal or business point of view for me :p 

    I have PC's at work and home and game and photoshop ALOT and thats still extortion regardless of how you twist it ;) 
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    Silmarunya , 10 September 2010 22:59
    Some people here say you pay a vast sum of money for just 2GB of RAM, but you pay for a convenience that a small group of people will want: being able to use 6 monitors with a single card and with enough memory to do so.

    Things aimed at a specific niche are always extremely expensive compared to more standard items, but that's because a small group of people are willing to pay that price.