Ati's FireGL V5000: Worth the Wait?

Technical Specifications

Product processor (Codename) Transistors Core Frequency (3D) Geometry Engines Pixel Pipelines
Ati FireGL V3100 X300 (RV370PRO-GL) 110 Mio. 400 MHz 2 4
Ati FireGL V3200 X600 (RV380-GL) 110 Mio. 500 MHz 2 4
Ati FireGL V5000 X700 (RV410-GL) 120 Mio. 425 MHz 6 8
Ati FireGL V5100 X800Pro (R423PRO-GL) 160 Mio. 450 MHz 6 12
Ati FireGL V7100 X800XT (R423XT-GL) 160 Mio. 500 MHz 6 16
Ati FireGL X2-256t FGL9800XT (R360XT-GL) 107 Mio. 412 MHz 4 8
Ati FireGL X3-256 X800Pro (R420PRO-GL) 160 Mio. 500 MHz 6 12
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300 NV38GL HSI 135 Mio. 350 MHz FP Array ~3 16
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 NV45GL 222 Mio. 350 MHz FP Array ~6 16
Product Memory Frequency (3D) Memory Type Memory Bus Width Memory Bandwidth Interface
Ati FireGL V3100 200 MHz DDR 128 Bit 6.4 GB/s PCIe
Ati FireGL V3200 350 MHz DDR 128 Bit 12.8 GB/s PCIe
Ati FireGL V5000 430 MHz DDR-3 128 Bit 15.7 GB/s PCIe
Ati FireGL V5100 350 MHz DDR 256 Bit 22.4 GB/s PCIe
Ati FireGL V7100 500 MHz DDR-3 256 Bit 28.8 GB/s PCIe
Ati FireGL X2-256t 365 MHz DDR-2 256 Bit 22.0 GB/s AGP
Ati FireGL X3-256 500 MHz DDR-3 256 Bit 28.8 GB/s AGP
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300 225 MHz DDR 256 Bit 14.4 GB/s PCIe
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 450 MHz DDR-3 256 Bit 28.8 GB/s PCIe
All memory frequencies quoted here refer to the actual physical clock speed. Note: Memory runs at Double Data Rate (DDR). Marketing departments misleadingly give a number twice that of the physical clockspeed when DDR memory is used.

Test Configuration

All specifications only refer to the performance comparison that actually influences the final evaluation.

Common Hardware
Processor Intel Pentium 4 3.6 GHz
Hard Drives 2x Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 80 GB SATA (RAID-0)
Motherboard Asus P5AD2-E Premium Rev. 1.05
System Memory 1 GB (2x512 MB Infineon DDR2-533, HYS64T64000GU-3.7-A)
OpenGL Graphics Cards
Ati OpenGL Cards Ati FireGL V3100
Ati FireGL V3200
Ati FireGL V5000
Ati FireGL V5100
NVIDIA/PNY OpenGL Cards NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400
Drivers & Settings
Ati FireGL series
NVIDIA QuadroFX series
Screen Resolution 1280x1024x32, Vsync=off
Operating System Windows XP SP2
Viewperf (synthetic) SPECopc Viewperf 8.01
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