Excerpt: ATI has been particularly aggressive with their FireGL workstation graphics card lineup over the past six months. While their flagship R600-architecture was the basis for the solid (but ultimately underwhelming) Radeon HD2900XT release for the gaming market, our tests have shown that this particular GPU architecture actually is much more competitive in the workstation market.
Pros: Improved Price/Performance Ratio Compared To Other R600 FireGL Cards, Massive Memory Bandwidth, Lots of Shader Processing Power
Cons: Heat, Power Consumption, Noise, Price/Performance vs. QuadroFX 3700, Huge PCB May Be Troublesome For Some Cases
Conclusion: In our previous review of the FireGL V8650 we stipulated; this is going to be as controversial as it gets. Now, these 2 articles certainly have been extremely controversial. Many readers will still be reeling from the shock of the article we posted less than a month ago. This saw the ever so powerful NVIDIA Quadro FX5600 being executed ever so ruthlessly from its throne.