Ati's FireGL V5000: Worth the Wait?

Technical Specifications

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Productprocessor (Codename)TransistorsCore Frequency (3D)Geometry EnginesPixel Pipelines
Ati FireGL V3100X300 (RV370PRO-GL)110 Mio.400 MHz24
Ati FireGL V3200X600 (RV380-GL)110 Mio.500 MHz24
Ati FireGL V5000X700 (RV410-GL)120 Mio.425 MHz68
Ati FireGL V5100X800Pro (R423PRO-GL)160 Mio.450 MHz612
Ati FireGL V7100X800XT (R423XT-GL)160 Mio.500 MHz616
Ati FireGL X2-256tFGL9800XT (R360XT-GL)107 Mio.412 MHz48
Ati FireGL X3-256X800Pro (R420PRO-GL)160 Mio.500 MHz612
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300NV38GL HSI135 Mio.350 MHzFP Array ~316
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400NV45GL222 Mio.350 MHzFP Array ~616
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ProductMemory Frequency (3D)Memory TypeMemory Bus WidthMemory BandwidthInterface
Ati FireGL V3100200 MHzDDR128 Bit6.4 GB/sPCIe
Ati FireGL V3200350 MHzDDR128 Bit12.8 GB/sPCIe
Ati FireGL V5000430 MHzDDR-3128 Bit15.7 GB/sPCIe
Ati FireGL V5100350 MHzDDR256 Bit22.4 GB/sPCIe
Ati FireGL V7100500 MHzDDR-3256 Bit28.8 GB/sPCIe
Ati FireGL X2-256t365 MHzDDR-2256 Bit22.0 GB/sAGP
Ati FireGL X3-256500 MHzDDR-3256 Bit28.8 GB/sAGP
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300225 MHzDDR256 Bit14.4 GB/sPCIe
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400450 MHzDDR-3256 Bit28.8 GB/sPCIe

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.

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Common Hardware
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 3.6 GHz
Hard Drives2x Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 80 GB SATA (RAID-0)
MotherboardAsus P5AD2-E Premium Rev. 1.05
System Memory1 GB (2x512 MB Infineon DDR2-533, HYS64T64000GU-3.7-A)
OpenGL Graphics Cards
Ati OpenGL CardsAti FireGL V3100Ati FireGL V3200Ati FireGL V5000Ati FireGL V5100
NVIDIA/PNY OpenGL CardsNVIDIA Quadro FX 1300NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400
Drivers & Settings
Ati FireGL series6.14.10.5125
NVIDIA QuadroFX series6.14.10.6722
Screen Resolution1280x1024x32, Vsync=off
Operating SystemWindows XP SP2
Viewperf (synthetic)SPECopc Viewperf 8.01