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ATI FirePro V4900 1 GB DDR5 DVI/2DisplayPort PCI-Express 2.1 x16 Video Card (100-505649) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

3.9 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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  • Chipset: ATI FirePro V4900
  • Video Memory: 1GB DDR5
  • Memory Interface: 128-bit
  • Bus: PCI-Express 2.1 x16
  • Max. Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • Memory Bandwidth: 64.0 GB/sec
  • Connectors: DVI; 2x DisplayPort
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  • Minimum RAM: 512

Product Description

ATI FirePro V4900 1GB DDR5 DVI/2DisplayPort PCI-Express 2.1 x16 Video Card

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 2.5 inches
Item Weight 1.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
Department Audio / Video / Output Devices
Manufacturer ATI Technologies
ASIN B00653OOPS
Item model number 100-505649
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3.9 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #741 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Graphics Cards
Date first available at Amazon.com November 9, 2011

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By R. Lew on June 20, 2012
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This board was purchased for updating an older CAD workstation, xw4600 with Core 2 Duo E8400, 4GB RAM, and Quadro NVS 290 graphics on Win XP. The build quality is professional grade as are the drivers, which need to be downloaded from AMD's site. There is no CD media included in the package. Part of the reason for the higher cost of workstation grade graphics cards are the drivers and support, so I am surprised that there is no CD media included. I had downloaded the latest drivers already, so not a problem. There is even an AutoCADMax driver which I will be trying out (bonus). I also wanted to test out the three monitor configuration with eyefinity, but that also required purchasing two additional "active" DP to DVI adapters. The included DP to DVI adapter is "passive". According to the included documentation, two active DP to DVI adapters are required in addition to the native DVI port for connecting three monitors via DVI cables simultaneously. These adapters are about $25 each, just make sure they are specified as the active type or have active circuitry. The specs on this card are quite good for the price, 480 stream processors, 1GB GDDR5, eyefinity (3 monitor) support, etc. Nvidia options are just too costly to measure up. These are my initial impressions. Will report more after some testing with AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012. Cheers.

Update (July 4, 2012):
This card has pretty much met all of my expectations for a workstation graphics card, especially with AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012. There are a few things about Eyefinity that I would like to mention though. Eyefinity three monitor support requires Windows Vista or better. So doing three monitors on Win XP is not supported.
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I recently purchased a new Dell UltraSharp IPS panel which supports 10-bits of color per channel (Deep Color or 30-bit) allowing over one billion (yes, BILLION) colors to be displayed. The only video cards that are capable of running in 30-bit mode are workstation-class cards (ATI FirePro or Nvidia Quadro)... my ATI Radeon claimed that it could do 30-bit color, but the driver didn't support that mode.

So, after much research, I bought the FirePro V4900 because it was fast and cheap (my Windows 7 64-bit Experience Index went from 6.8 using the Radeon to 7.1 using the FirePro). And, it fully supports 30-bit color. Just be forewarned that Windows 7 (and most other software) does not utilize 30-bit color, so you'll end up with 24-bit color (16 million colors) for most applications. However, if you have software that supports 30-bit color (e.g., Adobe PhotoShop CS6), the results are stunning!

P.S. Windows claims that it supports 32-bit color which is a misnomer. What it actually supports is 24-bit color plus an 8-bit aplha (non-color) channel. So 32-bit color in Windows is actually 24-bit color.

** UPDATE ** The latest patch-level of Adobe Lightroom (v4.4) now appears to support 30-bit color in the Develop module (it's still 24-bit color in the Library module). Since I do the vast majority of my work in Lightroom, this is indeed a welcomed improvement!
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This card works amazingly well. I use it to drive three Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 23" IPS LED LCD Monitors using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (also tested with Fedora 17, 18, 19 and 20), and it Just Works(TM). 3D acceleration, desktop effects, wobbly windows, all that are flawless at 1920x1080 across all three screens.

I only gave it three stars, though, because I bought it May 1, 2012. Today is December 2, 2013, and the card has died. The cooling fan has seized up. Of course, it's proprietary, so I can't just go down to the electronics shop and buy a replacement. I tried to contact AMD, but their support line is only open from noon to 6 my time (how do I get a job like THAT?). Their voice greeting also says all RMAs are handled over the web only. I don't know if I can get just the fan replaced, or if I have to get the whole thing replaced. I'm very disappointed. While it worked, it was amazing. But a $150 video card should last longer than 19 months. Or, if the fan is prone to failure, it should be user serviceable/replaceable.
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Works well for my work from home computer. I had a gamer card that did not work too well when running AutoCAD. This card is as good or better than I have at work. It does the job and did not hurt my wallet too bad.
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I purchased this because I work with UGS NX and Solidworks almost on a daily basis, so I wanted a workstation card. However, I have the budget of a college student so the price was perfect. Performance using UGS NX and Solidworks was sufficient, passing all of the Solidworks tests and allowing RealView with good FPS. As an added bonus, this card is right on par with my old GTX260 as far as games are concerned. It played Battlefield 3 at 1080P on high graphics at a more than playable framerate.
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Replaced NVIDIA Quadro 1700 in a Dell Precision Workstation w/375 watt power supply.

Easy 5 minute swap, no external power needed.
Downloaded the latest driver from ATI ahead of time / shut down / unplugged everything / brought to static free workbench / changed cards / buttoned up and fired up. W7 Pro (64bit) found new hardware. Deleted & Uninstalled all NVIDIA drivers, then ran ATI driver / rebooted and was back in business.
Recalibrated Windows Performance score - went from 4.8 to 7.1.

Card is very quiet.
Noticeable improvement in Photoshop CS6.

Good inexpensive investment!
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