A Comparison Of OpenGL Systems
When choosing hardware, the customer is normally only interested in the total price for a workstation. We've totted up the costs for your standard full system set-up. Dell was our choice here since this PC manufacturer carries all the graphics cards we tested. These days a typical graphics workstation is furnished with two monitors.
|Basic System||Dell Precision 330|
|CPU||Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz|
|Motherboard||Intel 850 chipset (Dell)|
|Memory||512 MB PC800 ECC RDRAM|
|Hard disk||40 GB, IDE, 7200 RPM, ATA100|
|Sound||16 bit AC97 sound chip onboard|
|Network||3Com Fast Ethernet with WOL onboard|
|1st Display||21 inch CRT TCO95|
|2nd Display||19 inch CRT TCO95|
|Operating System||Windows 2000 Professional|
The price for this basic system can vary, as seen below.
|Elsa Gloria III (Quadro2 Pro)||USD4,525|
|ATI Fire GL2||USD4,824|
|ATI Fire GL4||USD5,227 *)|
|3Dlabs Wildcat II 5110||USD6,035|
*) Estimates are based on information provided by the manufacturer. When this card was reviewed, this product was not yet available in stores.
The cheapest solution is currently a workstation with the Gloria III from Elsa, a system costing less than $4,525. PCs supplied with the Wildcat II 5110 cost approx. $1,510 more than the cheapest configuration.