ATI FirePro V5700
FirePro V5700 professional graphics accelerator is positioned as a mainstream solution. However, it is pretty hard to find differences between FirePro V5700 and FirePro V3750. At first glance, FirePro V5700 looks exactly like FirePro V3750. At least if you look at the front side of the card.
However, if you turn FirePro V5700 around, you will immediately notice its unique distinguishing features. Since there are GDDR3 memory chips on the back of the card, it means that FirePro V5700 is equipped with 512 MB of video memory. However, it uses the same RV730 graphics processor supporting the same 128-bit memory interface. As a result, if we compared FirePro V3750 with Radeon HD 4650, it is more logical to compare FirePro V5700 with the gaming Radeon HD 4670. And in this case the professional and gaming solutions match not only in the GPU type but also in the amount of onboard video memory, PCB design and even some frequencies. The FirePro V5700 graphics processor works at 700 MHz and its memory works at 1800 MHz.
Since FirePro V5700 has twice as much video memory and 25% higher working frequencies than FirePro V3750, the manufacturer could position it as a mainstream solution. As a result, FirePro V5700 is priced quite high: its MSRP is $400. Frankly speaking, it seems to be a little unfair especially compared with the prices of the lower-end solutions we have just discussed, because this card can’t boast a significant performance advantage over FirePro V3750 in real tests.
In terms of supported interfaces, FirePro V5700 also has not advantages over a lower-cost solution. Since both these cards are based on the same PCB design, FirePro V5700 has exactly the same monitor outs: one DVI and two Displayport.