Monday, March 31st 2008

AMD Delivers Industry’s First 3D Workstation Graphics Card with DisplayPort

AMD today announced it is advancing application performance with stunning imagery through the introduction of the first commercially available 3D workstation graphics card with DisplayPort support. The ATI FireGL V7700 professional graphics accelerator provides superior rendering speed, 3D performance and color fidelity for Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC) and Medical Imaging professionals.


ATI FireGL V7700 delivers the top-quality image quality needed to create photorealistic visualizations of real-world objects and environments —like the design concept for a new aircraft or a home remodel—by providing designers with The Ultimate Visual Experience.

“Imaging and 3D professionals require innovative, high-performance solutions and are increasingly turning to AMD to meet their real-world needs. The ATI FireGL family of workstation graphics accelerators is designed to deliver visible advantages and performance leadership at every price point, from entry level to ultra-high end,” said Janet Matsuda, senior director of Professional Graphics at AMD. “This accelerator with DisplayPort support is the latest example of AMD’s leadership in delivering new graphics technologies ahead of the competition.”

“The balanced power of the ATI FireGL product line has the accuracy and speed needed for medical imaging applications like mammography screening,” said Albert Xthona, product manager for Digital Mammography at Barco. “For example, Mammography viewing uses 10-bit precision to help deliver the most information to the eye of the radiologist, and increasingly other medical applications will rely on 10-bit gray and 30-bit color rendering. With the additional speed offered by the PCI Express 2.0 interface, very large data sets are handled smoothly, saving time for busy medical staff.”

The new ATI FireGL V7700 workstation graphics accelerator with DisplayPort support brings The Ultimate Visual Experience to life. The card features a 10-bit display engine that can produce more than one billion colors at any given time, delivering unprecedented image fidelity at a lower cost.

“Our customers are eager to adopt the latest standards like DisplayPort and PCI Express 2.0 that make their environments more productive while delivering next-generation display capabilities today,” said Peter Chen, president, Exxact Corporation. “As an exceptional innovator and promoter of industry standards, it comes as no surprise to learn that AMD is the first to deliver a graphics card with DisplayPort support. Like most AMD innovations, we plan to implement the solution in earnest.”

Price Performance Leadership
The ATI FireGL V7700 supports emerging technologies while being optimized to work with today’s existing technologies. ATI FireGL accelerators are engineered to deliver continued innovation and reliability for a wide range of professional operating environments, including Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and Linux. The unified driver, which supports all ATI FireGL workstation products, helps reduce the total cost of ownership by simplifying installation, deployment and maintenance. Additional noteworthy features include:
  • 512MB of memory: Enabling effortless real-time interaction with large datasets and complex models and scenes.
  • Dual Link DVI Output: The combination of DisplayPort output and a Dual Link enabled DVI output, generates a multi-monitor desktop over 5000 pixels wide from a single accelerator. With native multi-card support, users can see more and do more using four displays driven by two ATI FireGL products in the same workstation.
  • Application Certification: The ATI FireGL workstation graphics accelerators are thoroughly tested and certified with major CAD and DCC applications, helping ensure reliability and stability.
  • AutoDetect: Based on a new generation GPU with 320 unified shader units, the ATI FireGL V7700 maximizes throughput by automatically directing graphics horsepower where it’s needed most. Intelligent management of computational resources enables enhanced utilization of the GPU delivering real-time rendering of complex models and scenes while increasing frame rates.
Pricing and Availability
The ATI FireGL V7700 3D workstation graphics accelerator card is expected to begin shipping in April 2008 and will be available from system integrators and AMD channel partners worldwide. The MSRP is $1,099 USD.Source: AMD
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19 Comments on AMD Delivers Industry’s First 3D Workstation Graphics Card with DisplayPort

#1
Mussels
Moderprator
Yay, now people with lots of money can spend more money on new screens!
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#2
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Isn't AMD blatently seeking attention (and dumb investors) by these 'firsts' ? The first video-card with a display port is from one of NVidia's board vendors. Earlier they put up this 'world's first 65W quad-core desktop CPU' but Intel Clovertown is the world's first 50W quad which came way before that AMD...just that it happened to be a Xeon (Server/WS).

Good luck with that card, AMD.
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#3
Wile E
Power User
by: btarunr
Isn't AMD blatently seeking attention (and dumb investors) by these 'firsts' ? The first video-card with a display port is from one of NVidia's board vendors. Earlier they put up this 'world's first 65W quad-core desktop CPU' but Intel Clovertown is the world's first 50W quad which came way before that AMD...just that it happened to be a Xeon (Server/WS).

Good luck with that card, AMD.
They don't really need luck. FireGL's sell well to their intended demographic.
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#4
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Wile E
They don't really need luck. FireGL's sell well to their intended demographic.
It's not about FireGL's sales. It's about AMD being in the news...all of which is to lure investment. I know FireGL sell well in their segment. Regarding that card, it's just wishing luck. :)
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#5
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
wonder how easily you can mod a 3870 to be the firegl
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#6
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Contact Scrizz , he seems to have a board idea about Radeon -> FireGL softmods. This looks a replica of the HD3870, same RV670 GPU...it would be just a matter of a BIOS flash.
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#7
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: btarunr
Contact Scrizz , he seems to have a board idea about Radeon -> FireGL softmods. This looks a replica of the HD3870, same RV670 GPU...it would be just a matter of a BIOS flash.
most firegl's don't even need a flash you can softmod the drivers and get them to work i wonder if thats the case here
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#8
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: AMD
AutoDetect: Based on a new generation GPU with 320 unified shader units, the ATI FireGL V7700 maximizes throughput by automatically directing graphics horsepower where it’s needed most.
Doesn't ATI use the term 'Stream Processors' ? :confused:

It's part of the original article on AMD's website too?
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#9
jbunch07
where are the monitors that have this "displayport" input?
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#10
brian.ca
by: btarunr
Isn't AMD blatently seeking attention (and dumb investors) by these 'firsts' ? The first video-card with a display port is from one of NVidia's board vendors. Earlier they put up this 'world's first 65W quad-core desktop CPU' but Intel Clovertown is the world's first 50W quad which came way before that AMD...just that it happened to be a Xeon (Server/WS).

Good luck with that card, AMD.
Not really... it's marketing, and ultimately still technically true. If I'm not mistaken they claimed a desktop quad, and workstation card, and Intel's xeon, and Palit's 9600(?) are a workstation chip and lower end consumer card respectively. Anal retentive yes, but still true none the less. But more importantly it's direct from AMD -- you have to expect them to build this stuff up, any other company would and does do the same (Nv inventing the GPU anyone?).

Is it decietful though? Well, would buyers of a workstation card with display port be intested in buying a Palit 9600? If not then shouldn't that mean that AMD is likely to sell a bunch of these to the companies that would have an immediate interest in having displayport outputs? So how are they duping (you said luring like it was a bad thing) investors? I'd imagine with most investors the actual achievement of doing it first means jack, what's important is who's first to market and able to best capatilize. Palit may have been the first graphics card with a displayport but it means moot if the demand and support for displayport isn't there in the consumer market. Well, not exactly moot -- they can claim the first.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: brian.ca
Not really... it's marketing, and ultimately still technically true. If I'm not mistaken they claimed a desktop quad, and workstation card, and Intel's xeon, and Palit's 9600(?) are a workstation chip and lower end consumer card respectively. Anal retentive yes, but still true none the less. But more importantly it's direct from AMD -- you have to expect them to build this stuff up, any other company would and does do the same (Nv inventing the GPU anyone?).

Is it decietful though? Well, would buyers of a workstation card with display port be intested in buying a Palit 9600? If not then shouldn't that mean that AMD is likely to sell a bunch of these to the companies that would have an immediate interest in having displayport outputs? So how are they duping (you said luring like it was a bad thing) investors? I'd imagine with most investors the actual achievement of doing it first means jack, what's important is who's first to market and able to best capatilize. Palit may have been the first graphics card with a displayport but it means moot if the demand and support for displayport isn't there in the consumer market. Well, not exactly moot -- they can claim the first.
I didn't call any of that lies. Not even that AMD is cheating on its investors. While AMD's first WS graphics with displayport and first desktop 65W quad are technically (and factually) correct, their announcements seem to be merely instruments of AMD seeking investment, which I don't think is wrong and that any company in its position would do that.
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#12
ShinyG
Hmm
Meh, just another overpriced "pro" tool!
You could always install hacked FireGL drivers on a 3870...
Just get RivaTuner and read a couple of posts on their forum.
More related:
There is the misconception that nVidia makes better cards for OpenGL and pro applications. From personal experience with Maya I can tell you that 8 series cards have some nagging issues with selection in Maya :(.
Also, it seems that the latest cards from AMD (pro and non-pro) actually behave better in Maya than nVidia's cards (I couldn't tell, but benchmarks suggest so)
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#13
lemonadesoda
As many of you know, I have an aversion to "spin". I agree with others here, "AMD first blah blah" is doing nothing more than discredit the ATI brand. I really am sorry ATI fell into the hands of AMD. I have seen NO benefit as a result of the acquistion, only brand dilution.
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#14
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Well Im sorry you feel that way. First yes, but hell, they need some hype. Lay off.
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#15
Jizzler
by: jbunch07
where are the monitors that have this "displayport" input?
Dell's new 30" has one... but that's about it at the moment :(
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#16
jbunch07
you mean that clear looking one?
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#17
Mussels
Moderprator
ooooh pretty screen.
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#19
Sapientwolf
by: lemonadesoda
As many of you know, I have an aversion to "spin". I agree with others here, "AMD first blah blah" is doing nothing more than discredit the ATI brand. I really am sorry ATI fell into the hands of AMD. I have seen NO benefit as a result of the acquistion, only brand dilution.
I feel the same way.
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