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OpenGL: ATi FireGL X2-256t and NVIDIA Quadro FX 1100

The Key Data At A Glance

The following table provides an overview of the card details.

ProductChip (Codename)Transis-torsStreet PriceChip clock (3D)Memory clock (3D)Memory TypeMem bus widthMem bandwidth
ATi FireGL X2-256FGL9800 (R350W)107 mln$600380 MHz350 MHzDDR-II256Bit22.4 GB/sec
ATi FireGL X2-256tFGL9800 (R350W)107 mln$740412 MHz365 MHzDDR-II256Bit23.4 GB/s
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1000NV30GL125 mln$785300 MHz300 MHzDDR-II128Bit9.6 GB/sec
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1100NV36GL82 mln$630425 MHz313 MHzDDR-II128Bit10.0 GB/s

The memory clock rate details with the correct physical clock rate. Note: Memory runs at a double data rate (DDR). Marketing departments often make the mistake of quoting the double physical rate when DDR memory is used.

HP Workstation Xw4100: Concept Design Has Its Price

This time, we decided not to conduct the performance tests on a platform we had put together ourselves, but to use a commercially available PC instead. In doing so, we are catering to the request of many of our readers to show for once what you might expect when buying a complete workstation.

We received the HP Workstation xw4100 that, compared to building your system, offered the key advantage of available after-sale services. If you build your own PC, you are often left on your own to sort out any problems, which is not the ideal scenario for business customers.

USB, 1394/FireWire, headphones and microphone ports are easily accessible on the front of the case.

At press time, prices for the workstation featuring the Quadro FX 1100 card were not yet available. For this reason, we list the price of the system that has an FX 2000. We expect the FX 1100 model to be around $300 cheaper.

HP Workstation xw4100 - graphic design solution $3,880.00
ProductHP Workstation xw4100 - graphic designer
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows XP Professional (SP1)
Ideazon KeyboardBlack Zboard base and MS Windows and Internet Explorer keyset and Zboard keyset for Adobe Photoshop
processorIntel Pentium 4 processor 3.20 GHz/800
Memory1 GB DDR/400 ECC (2x512)
Video/graphicsnVIDIA Quadro FX 2000
1st hard drive80 GB Serial ATA/7200 hard drive
Floppy disk drive1.44 MB Floppy disk drive
Removable storage48X DVD/CDRW combo drive
Sound cardIntegrated AC97 audio
Network cardBroadcom Gbit 10/100/1000
MouseHP Scroll mouse (PS/2)
KeyboardHP Easy access keyboard (PS/2)
Application softwareMicrosoft Office 2003 Small Business Edition
AccessoriesNorth America hardware kit
Additional accessoriesIEE 1394/Firewire PCI card (installed)
WarrantyWarranty - 3 year next business day onsite
Graphics softwareAdobe Photoshop CS