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The Latest Graphics Cards For Workstations

The following table gives you an overview of the latest OpenGL graphics cards for workstations.

Manufacturer & ProductChip (Codename)TransistorsStreet PriceChip ClockMemory Clock *MemoryMemory BusInterface (max.)
3Dlabs Wildcat VP970VP90076 mill.€1350n/an/a128 MB DDR256 BitAGP 4X
ATi FireGL 8700FGL8700 (R200W)60 mill.€199250 MHz270 MHz64 MB DDR128 BitAGP 4X
ATi FireGL 8800FGL8800 (R200W)60 mill.€499250 MHz290 MHz128 MB DDR128 BitAGP 4X
ATi FireGL X1 128 MBFGL9700 (R300W)100 mill.€799325 MHz310 MHz128 MB DDR256 BitAGP 8X
ATi FireGL X1 256 MBFGL9700 (R300W)100 mill.€999325 MHz310 MHz256 MB DDR256 BitAGP 8X
ATi FireGL Z1FGL9500 (R300W)100 mill.€599325 MHz310 MHz128 MB DDR256 BitAGP 8X
NVIDIA Quadro4 750XGLQuadro4 (NV25)63 mill.€499275 MHz275 MHz128 MB DDR128 BitAGP 4X
NVIDIA Quadro4 900XGLQuadro4 (NV25)63 mill.€659300 MHz325 MHz128 MB DDR128 BitAGP 4X
NVIDIA Quadro4 980XGLQuadro4 AGP 8X (NV28)63 mill.€699300 MHz325 MHz128 MB DDR128 BitAGP 8X
NVIDIA QuadroFX 1000QuadroFX (NV30)125 mill.€1049300 MHz300 MHz128 MB DDR2128 BitAGP 8X
NVIDIA QuadroFX 2000QuadroFX (NV30)125 mill.€1650400 MHz400 MHz128 MB DDR2128 BitAGP 8X

* The correct physical clock. Note: the memory runs with double data rate (DDR). Typically, marketing departments state the doubled physical clock when DDR is used.

Test Setup

All of the specifications that follow refer solely to the performance test that was considered in the overall evaluation.

Platform
ProcessorIntel Pentium 3.06 GHz (HT disabled)
Front Side Bus133 MHz Quad Pumped
MotherboardAsus P4T533C
ChipsetIntel 850E/ Tehama (Dual Channel)
RAM1024 MB PC1066 RDRAM 40ns Samsung
Hard DriveIBM Ultrastar 36LZX 36.7 GByte
SCSI ControllerAdaptec SCSI Card 29160N
Drivers & Settings
3Dlabs Wildcat VP Cardsv0181
ATi FireGL 8x00 seriesv3051
ATi FireGL X1/Z1v1028
PNY NVIDIA Quadro4 seriesv41.04, Maxtreme v4.00.25 (3ds max)
PNY NVIDIA QuadroFX 2000v42.82, Maxtreme v4.00.28 (3ds max)
Resolution1280x1024x32, Vsync=off for all OpenGL-Tests
OSWindows 2000 Professional SP3
Benchmarks
Viewperf (synthetic)SPECopc Viewperf 7.0
Solidworks (application)SPECapc Solidworks 2001Plus benchmark
3D Studio Max (application)SPECapc 3DSMAX 4.2 benchmark