On top of claiming it is a huge boost to performance over previous FireGLs, AMD will be offering these new cards with a massive 2GB of on-board memory, making it the first such workstation card to do so:
Several key features distinguish the new series of ATI FireGL workstation graphics boards. An industry-first 2GB of on-board memory enables engineers and designers to interact with larger datasets and more complex models. The ATI FireGL unified shader architecture maximizes graphics throughput for today’s engineering and animation software. During performance tests, the ATI FireGL V5600 demonstrates more than 300% the performance of the ATI FireGL V5200 running the Viewperf 9.0.3 UGS Teamcenter Visualization Mockup (tcvis-01) benchmark test.
As these are aimed at engineers and others using high-intensity design applications, these cards come at a “high-intensity” price. The 2GB FireGL V8650, for instance, has an MSRP of $2799. The cards are expected to come to market next month. You can read the full press release at AMD's site.