ATI FireGL V3600
For the entry-level field, ATI has designed the FireGL V3600, which at $250 is relatively cheap. It is not really meant for complex calculations, but rather for designers, who usually work with wire mesh models or create technical drawings. Simple shading effects are possible, but the card cannot handle complex details.
The FireGL V3600 is based on the RV630 chip, which is produced at 65 nanometers; this can also be found on the Radeon HD 2600 Pro. AMD is trying to lower costs with the memory so they’ve only put 256 MB of the slower DDR2 memory on the board. With this memory it only achieves a bandwidth of 15.8 GB/s, but it is compatible with OpenGL 2.1, DirectX 10 and Shader Model 4.0. This is ensured by the 120 stream processing units. Two monitors can be connected to the card. In terms of positioning, the V3600 is comparable to the Nvidia Quadro FX 570.