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.
|Workstation Cards with Shader Model 4.0 Chips|
|ATi cards based on the R600 series||Nvidia 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).