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Ati's FireGL V5000: Worth the Wait?
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The FireGL V5000's PCI Express interface should appeal to system integrators, OEMs and medium-sized companies alike. Performance wise, it is hot on the heels of its bigger brother, the V5100, and is thus geared for the mid-tier market.

Designing engineers that don't always work on highly complex models will find this card a solid choice. It even offers a little added value, namely support for DualLink. Thanks to this feature, the card can be connected to nine-megapixel digital flat screens. As a comparison, the V5100, V3200 and V3100 cards only come with Single-Link functionality, but at least dual-monitor operation is standard throughout the FireGL line.

The recommended retail price of $699 (€630) should soon be undercut by online retailers. Customers ordering in bulk should also be able to expect discount prices, as the V5000 is very cost-effective to produce, thanks to its 110-nanometer manufacturing process. The list of design-win partners include Alienware, ABS, Boxx, Colfax, Elsa, Matek, Maxdata, Monarch, Research Machines, Sys Tech, Xi Computer and Xworks Interactive.

Feature Table

Product Video Connectors Digital TMDS Displays Stereo 3D Glasses Framelock / Genlock Req. Space Aux. Power Connector Memory
Ati FireGL V3100 VGA + DVI-I single link no no 1 slot no 128 MB
Ati FireGL V3200 DVI-I + DVI-I single link yes no 1 slot nein 128 MB
Ati FireGL V5000 DVI-I + DVI-I dual link yes no 1 slot no 128 MB
Ati FireGL V5100 DVI-I + DVI-I single link yes no 1 slot no 128 MB
Ati FireGL V7100 DVI-I + DVI-I dual link yes no 1 slot yes 256 MB
Ati FireGL X2-256t DVI-I + DVI-I single link no no 1 slot yes 256 MB
Ati FireGL X3-256 DVI-I + DVI-I dual link yes no 1 slot yes 256 MB
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300 DVI-I + DVI-I single link yes no 1 slot no 128 MB
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 DVI-I + DVI-I dual link yes no 1 slot yes 256 MB
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