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ATI FirePro 2450  (Source: ATI)
New pro graphics card supports quad 1920 x 1200 LCDs

AMD has announced its latest professional ATI video card called the ATI FirePro 2450 multi-view. The card is a low profile, half-length graphics card that offers support for four monitors. The video card can support four different DVI or VGA monitors via dual VHDCI connectors and included breakout cables and adapters.

The card has a total of 512MB of GDDR3 memory and is a native PCI Express x16 unit. Support for DirectX 10.1 and PCI Express 2.0 is built-in. ATI says that the card consumes a maximum of 32W at full load and an average of 17W for 2D business usage. The quad monitors can be ran at a resolution of 1920 x 1200 each, making native 24-inch LCD resolution possible.

AMDs Janet Matsuda said in a statement, "The ATI FirePro 2450 offers the reliability professionals expect and the efficiency IT departments require. IT managers want a card they can test once, deploy virtually anywhere, and count on to run reliably. The low power consumption enables cool, energy-efficient operation, as well as superior reliability and longevity. The compact form factor can be deployed in nearly any system. This accelerator is perfect for customers who need more than two displays, such as in financial services and process control."

The FirePro 2450 graphics accelerator is available now for $499 from system integrators and channel partners around the world.

AMD recently finalized the spinoff of The Foundry Company and says that it may outsource the production of ATI GPUs to GlobalFoundries in the future.

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Interesting port...
By quiksilvr on 3/9/09, Rating: 0
RE: Interesting port...
By omnicronx on 3/9/2009 1:01:14 PM , Rating: 5
Its meant for multidisplay.. and HDMI is not exactly the best solution for computer monitors either..

RE: Interesting port...
By omnicronx on 3/9/2009 1:01:50 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention it is low profile, no chance of fitting 4 hdmi ports on there.

RE: Interesting port...
By quiksilvr on 3/9/2009 8:41:12 PM , Rating: 2
Mini HDMI? But I didn't know that port can output 4 DVI from one cable, that's pretty sweet (provided they give you the cables needed)

RE: Interesting port...
By scrapsma54 on 3/10/2009 3:45:41 AM , Rating: 2
Hdmi is as mini as it gets. Hdmi is too expensive in a work enviornment and is a just a useless drm thieves money maker. Not really needed because Business's don't have blu-ray players installed.

RE: Interesting port...
By omnicronx on 3/10/2009 12:51:03 PM , Rating: 2
Displayport will supersede DVI in the computer world, not HDMI. HDMI is meant for HD spec resolutions, not PC resolutions. They both have HDCP support, so this is really nothing to do with DRM though...

Poor specification
By lemonadesoda on 3/9/2009 7:38:16 PM , Rating: 2
Very high price for a card that cant even deliver dual-link resolutions. You cannot run a hi-res screen, not even 1x 2560x1600 display on these.

For anyone who wants 4 screens, you can do better with 2 cards, each dual link, and drive up to 4x 2460x1600. And it would be cheaper too. Even 2 cheap FireGL cards would offer better specs.

FirePro seems to be a "new department", "new product range" that has no home other than to dress poor performing cards as FireGL pretenders.

Shut the SKU branch down.

RE: Poor specification
By omnicronx on 3/9/2009 8:26:15 PM , Rating: 2
I think you are over exaggerating here. 1900x1200 is more than enough for 4 24" screens. Unless you plan on using larger screens, higher resolutions are pretty much useless (unless you forgo 1:1 ratios). So your statement should really read, if you want 4 26-32" inch screens then sure, otherwise an all in one card could be a great solution, especially in a low profile setup.

P.S chances are if you do have a bunch of huge screens, money is probably not be an issue, so going for two or more cards would not be a problem.

RE: Poor specification
By FITCamaro on 3/10/2009 8:32:22 AM , Rating: 2
It's a pretty limited market for businesses where employees need 2560x1600 screens. We've got 1680x1050 monitors here. A few people have some larger screens but those were purchased for others uses that haven't come along yet. Once they do those monitors will be being used for their intended purposes. But those ones are still only 1920x1200.

Pick one up on Ebay...
By jabber on 3/9/2009 8:01:45 PM , Rating: 2
....for $30 in a couple of months.

It seems all these bottom end Quadro or FireGL cards just get ripped out of workstations and replaced with more powerful cards straight away.

RE: Pick one up on Ebay...
By Hawkido on 3/10/2009 8:26:28 PM , Rating: 2
If that's so Then I'll buy 2. I need some good multi display cards for work. I don't need Ultra High res, just lots of outputs.

And no...
By DeepBlue1975 on 3/9/2009 1:14:04 PM , Rating: 2
This is not intended to play crysis.

Though flight sim x would surely look really sweet on a quad 24" setup :D

By SlyNine on 3/9/2009 9:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like it doesn't have component support. I know it's time to upgrade my ageing RPTV. But I just really really don't want to *stomps feet".

If I can just hold out until laser TV's drop in price, then I wont care.

By GlassHouse69 on 3/9/09, Rating: -1
RE: gay
By Chaser on 3/9/2009 2:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
CPU fans too. who needs 'em!

RE: gay
By TomZ on 3/9/2009 2:19:56 PM , Rating: 2
this thing does NOT need a fan.
I'm guessing it does - 32W is "low power" by GPU standards, however, it's still a lot of power to try to passively dissipate it with such a small surface area.

As long as the fan is quiet, I don't see it as any kind of disadvantage.

RE: gay
By nwsummers on 3/9/2009 2:30:09 PM , Rating: 5
What's up with the hetero-assed comment?
That's irritating.

Most GPUs need fans, even if it's not a gaming-based card. I can't imagine this thing would run very cool when running 4 monitors at once.

RE: gay
By Operandi on 3/10/2009 1:34:24 AM , Rating: 2
It clearly states in the article how hot it runs, 32 watts max. (did you read it?) The amount of monitors it's driving would have very little of anything to do with the work load on the GPU.

32 watts could easily be dealt with via passive cooling with even low air flow but this is a low-profile card so low surface area for a heatsnk and it could be crammed into some mATX nearly no air flow at all. mATX case and passively cooled GPU would not make a good combination.

RE: gay
By omnicronx on 3/9/2009 4:43:35 PM , Rating: 4
You say this like ATI does not know what they are doing. If they thought this card could be passively cooled while powering 4 displays concurrently, they probably would have.

So the fan is not irritating, pretending you know what you are talking about just by judging the power required for the card is VERY irritating.

The fan seems quite small, it is probably barely audible anyways, nothing your PSU and CPU fans will not drown out.

RE: gay
By aj28 on 3/9/2009 7:45:02 PM , Rating: 1
Well, given that a large selling point of workstation graphics cards is their durability, I'm not at all surprised that AMD went with an active cooling system. The low power envelope is a great opportunity to keep things chilly, which in turn keeps efficiency up and ensures a long life. The metal sheath will also protect the card's components while maintaining the machine, which will happen at many points during the life of any business-class unit.

Long story short, the fan/cooler setup was probably a good call.

RE: gay
By Justin Time on 3/10/2009 9:02:16 AM , Rating: 2
These things will often be intalled into Micro-ATX boxes, and stuffed into the smallest available sapce under the desk, to allow room for all the monitors and other stuff above... so the fan on a low-profile card is not a bad idea.

The term "workstation" is a bit misleading for the MV series... yes, they are useful for programing environments, running visual studio on one, your app on another, etc etc... but they more often find their home in financial environments... the stock-trader type of scene.

The obvious question
By kyleb2112 on 3/9/09, Rating: -1
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