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.
|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|