ATI FireGL V5200
FireGL V5200 professional graphics solution belongs to the “simple” graphics accelerators. While the FireGL V7XXX graphics cards are positioned for the high-performance workstations, FireGL V5200 is a mainstream professional OpenGL graphics accelerator. Its price indicates this positioning very clearly: $500 is a pretty medium price in this specific market segment.
However, if you have at least some idea about the situation in the gaming graphics cards market, you will be surprised to find out that FireGL V5200 is based not on the top ATI GPU, but on the mainstream solution. It is ATI RV530 manufactured with 90nm process and used for Radeon X1600 gaming graphics card family. RV530 GPU can lay only 4 textures per clock cycle, features 12 pixel and 5 vertex shader pipelines. Since this is a relatively new GPU, it is fully compatible with Shader Model 3.0.
FireGL V5200 graphics card is equipped with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM with 128-bit bus. The memory works at 1,380MHz. As for the GPU frequency, it works at 587MHz.
Just like the top professional graphics card models, the FireGL V5200 features two DVI Outs with Dual-Link technology support that allows connecting 9-megapixel monitors. This card doesn’t have the stereoscopic glasses connector.
Since RV530 is a much simpler GPU than R520, FireGL V5200 does perfectly well with a low-profile single-clot cooling solution, although it is an all-copper one. This graphics card doesn’t require additional power supply.