ATI FireGL V7350
We have already reviewed the top graphics card from ATI’s professional solutions family in our article called ATI FireGL V7350 Graphics Card Review: Radeon X1800 XT for Professionals?. Today this card is already selling for about $1,500, which is slightly less than the competitive solutions from Nvidia are offered for. However, FireGL V7350 is based not on the latest ATI GPU, but on the previous generation R520 chip. However, it seems to be offering the same texturing performance and triangles processing speed as the latest R580 GPU from ATI. In other words, both, R580 and R520, can lay 16 textures per clock cycle. The difference between them lies with the number of pixel pipelines. The new R580 has more pixel pipelines and hence works faster with pixel shaders. However, as we have already said, OpenGL applications hardly use any pixel shaders, so it doesn’t really matter that much. Despite this fact, FireGL V7350 is fully compatible with Shader Model 3.0 and even has 8 vertex processors.
The GPU of FireGL V7350 works at 594MHz, which is slightly lower than the GPU frequency of the Radeon X1800/X1900 XT gaming solutions based on R520/R580 chips.
The major advantage of FireGL V7350 over its predecessors and contemporary gaming graphics cards is the amount of onboard graphics memory it has. This professional graphics card appeared the first card out there with 1GB of GDDR3 SDRAM onboard. It works at 1,300MHz and with the 256bit bus delivers the bandwidth of 41.6GB/s.
The board has 2 DVI Outs, and thanks to Dual-Link technology each of them supports resolutions up to 3840x2400. Moreover, FireGL V7350 has the output connectors for 3D stereoscopic devices, such as glasses, for instance.
The card dissipated quite a bit of heat and is equipped with a dual-slot rotor cooling system. It requires additional power supply.