Page 2:Current Workstation Graphics Cards
Page 3:The Boards Close-Up
Page 4:ATi FireGL X1, Continued
Page 5:ATi Driver
Page 6:Nvidia/ PNY Quadro4 980XGL
Page 7:Nvidia Driver
Page 8:Nvidia Driver, Continued
Page 9:Test Configuration
Page 10:Platform And Operating System: A Preliminary Analysis
Page 11:I850/ RDRAM V. E7205/ DDR: The Right Chipset Makes All The Difference
Page 12:AGP8X: One Up On The AGP4X?
Page 13:Benchmarks: Seven Candidates For Testing
Page 14:Viewperf 7.0 Charts
Page 15:Viewperf 7.0 Charts, Continued
Page 16:Solidworks 2001 Plus
Page 17:Solidedge V11
Page 18:3D Studio Max 4.2
Page 19:Conclusion: Drivers Defeat Hardware
Page 20:Summary Of All Benchmarks
Nvidia/ PNY Quadro4 980XGL
Following the announcement that Germany's Elsa had applied for bankruptcy, Nvidia had to search for a new marketing partner for its OpenGL workstation graphics cards. PNY landed the order. In contrast to the ATi FireGL X1, the Quadro4 card doesn't need additional power in the form of a plug or the AGP Pro50 slot expansion.
The Quadro4 980XGL differs from its brother, the 900XGL, only in its interface. Thanks to the NV28 graphics chip revision, this card can take a maximum of AGP8X, provided the motherboard platform supports it. Server chipsets aside, this option is currently only available with the Intel E7205 (Pentium 4), the VIA KT400 and the Nvidia nForce2 (both Athlon XP). All other chipsets only manage support for AGP4X at present. This needn't be seen as a failing, though, as the following tests will show.
Chip speed is 300 MHz for both the 900XGL and the 980XGL. The hardware features of both Quadro4 chips, the NV25 and the NV28, are also identical.
Two DVI-I jacks enable dual monitor operation, regardless of whether analog displays or digital screens are used. A combination is also possible. The jack to plug in 3-D glasses from Stereographics can be found in the center of the slot.
- Current Workstation Graphics Cards
- The Boards Close-Up
- ATi FireGL X1, Continued
- ATi Driver
- Nvidia/ PNY Quadro4 980XGL
- Nvidia Driver
- Nvidia Driver, Continued
- Test Configuration
- Platform And Operating System: A Preliminary Analysis
- I850/ RDRAM V. E7205/ DDR: The Right Chipset Makes All The Difference
- AGP8X: One Up On The AGP4X?
- Benchmarks: Seven Candidates For Testing
- Viewperf 7.0 Charts
- Viewperf 7.0 Charts, Continued
- Solidworks 2001 Plus
- Solidedge V11
- 3D Studio Max 4.2
- Conclusion: Drivers Defeat Hardware
- Summary Of All Benchmarks