Workstation-Shootout: ATi FireGL V7600 vs. Nvidia Quadro FX 4600

A Balance Of Power This Fall?

The graphics card market for the workstation segment used to move at its own, more leisurely pace - until now. Although the rule still applies that cards aimed at the professional market space only appear a few months after their gaming/mainstream counterparts, ATI is speeding things up a bit this time. The Canadian company has released no fewer than five cards based on chips belonging to the R600 series, creating a numerical balance of power with Nvidia's product portfolio. After all, Nvidia's professional product line based on the G80 chip also counts five members, as the following table shows.

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Workstation Cards with Shader Model 4.0 Chips
ATi cards based on the R600 seriesNvidia cards based on the G80 series
FireGL V8650 (R600)FireGL V8600 (R600)FireGL V7600 (R600)FireGL V5600 (RV630)FireGL V3600 (RV630)Quadro FX 5600 (G80)Quadro FX 4600 (G80)Quadro FX 1700 (G84)Quadro FX 570 (G84)Quadro FX 370 (G84)

In this article, we're comparing ATI's FireGL V7600 ($1000 plus taxes) Compare Prices on ATI FireGL V7600 to Nvidia's Quadro FX 4600 (€1650 including tax) Compare Prices on Nvidia Quadro FX 4600. For reference, we're also including the results of last year's models, the FireGL V7300 (R520) and Quadro FX 4500 (G70).

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Uwe Scheffel
  • tipoo
    Is there any reason why these applications couldnt run on a Geforce or Radeon card? Why spring over 1000 bucks for cards with seemingly tame specs?
  • @tipoo : I've thinked aboute the exact same things!