The ATI FirePro M7820 is a video adaptor for mobile workstations. AMD announced the adaptor in January 2010. It is currently available for usage in larger laptops, as its technology is based on that used in the Mobility Radeon HD 5870. It offers users a dedicated video adaptor for their notebooks with decent performance.
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Physical and Speed Specifications
The ATI FirePro M7820 video card uses 800 unified pipelines for graphical processing. The card's core runs at 700MHz. This is supplemented with the shader processor, which also operates at 700MHz. The M7820 uses 1 GB of GDDR5 memory. This memory operates at 1000MHz with a 128-bit memory bus width. The card is manufactured using the 40 nm fabrication process.
The FirePro M7820 brings a number of features to bear for the user, including DirectX 11 compatibility. The card uses Shader Model 5.0. The card also provides OpenGL 4.0 support, as well as OpenCL support. The M7820 is capable of using ATI's Eyefinity technology for display over multiple monitors. AMD provides certified drivers for the use of the M7820 with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP operating systems. The card uses the PCIe X16 2.1 interface.
The M7820 video card offers middle-of-the-road performance comparable to similar video cards by nVidia. Depending on the rest of the test computer's hardware, the M7820 scores a minimum of 12000 points and a maximum of 13063 points using 3DMark 06 benchmarking software.
Laptops Using the FirePro M7820
A number of laptops use the ATI FirePro M7820 as their video adaptor. Several of HP's line of notebook workstations allow users to configure them with the M7820. These include the Elitebook 8740W 520M and the Elitebook 8740W 820QM notebooks. These notebooks are still available for purchase as of April 2011.
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