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ATI's new FireGL V7350 with 1GB of memory
ATI introduces the FireGL V7350, the industry's first 1GB workstation card

ATI has announced what it says is the industry's first workstation graphics card with 1GB of GDDR3 memory. The card, called the FireGL V7350, is based on ATI's X1800 family of GPUs. The specialized drivers on the FireGL enable professional-oriented features which are unavailable in ATI's consumer level CATALYST drivers. ATI is on top of its professional certifications as well as OS support and includes full support for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and Linux platforms.

For those professionals who do not require the 1GB of memory that comes with the FireGL V7350, ATI has another card called the FireGL V7300, which is identical in specifications to the FireGL V7350 except it comes with 512MB of memory.

From the press release:

Featuring full Shader Model 3.0 support and a scalable ultra-threaded architecture with true 128-bit floating point precision, 8 parallel geometry engines, 16 pixel shader processors, and an ultra efficient 512-bit ring bus memory controller, ATI FireGL V7350 provides the graphics horsepower for today’s professional applications and tomorrow’s technology innovations.

Quick specifications:
  • Scalable ultra-threaded architecture with 8 Parallel Geometry Engines and 16 Pixel Shader Processors
  • 1.2 billion triangles per second
  • 9.6 giga-pixels per second
  • Full Shader Model 3.0 support for vertex and pixel shaders
  • 1GB GDDR3 graphics memory with 512-bit ring bus memory controller
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) rendering with 8-bit, 10-bit, and 16-bit per RGB color component support
  • High fidelity display engine capable of producing over one trillion colors
  • Two Dual-link DVI outputs each capable of ultra-high resolutions up to 3840 x 2400
  • Stereoscopic 3D output
  • HD Component Video (YPrPb) output
  • Genlock / Framelock ready1
  • Optimized and certified for CAD and DCC applications
ATI says that the new FireGL V7300 family of workstation cards are already beginning to ship to distributors and system integrators. Those who wish to purchase the cards will be looking at $1999 USD for the FireGL V7350 and $1599 for the FireGL V7300. More information on both cards can be found here.

Update 03/22/06: This card is based on Radeon X1800, not X1900 as we originally wrote.

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1 gig of DDR3?
By GGA1759 on 3/21/2006 5:44:24 AM , Rating: 2
I thought recent tests proved that the more memory on the card the more it made it counter productive? Has this been solved? Many of the tests I have seen has shown that the video cards over 256 megs of DDR3 had lower test scores than the 256 meg DDR3 cards. I believe it was that the more memory the longer it took to access it on the card.

RE: 1 gig of DDR3?
By Hokum on 3/21/2006 5:47:21 AM , Rating: 2
It depends on what you are doing... if your running something where it can preload the textures or what ever then the more memory will be advantageous, as its faster than the system memory

RE: 1 gig of DDR3?
By seraph47 on 3/21/2006 10:13:26 AM , Rating: 2
read here on 512MB vs 256MB video cards

RE: 1 gig of DDR3?
By Googer on 3/21/2006 5:34:02 PM , Rating: 2
More than 256MB or Video RAM may not matter very much right now but when Windows Vista arrives, the number of windows you can have open on your desktop will be directly related to the amount of memory you have on your video card.

RE: 1 gig of DDR3?
By abhaxus on 3/21/2006 1:26:29 PM , Rating: 2
More memory on the card used to be counter productive in some situations... the X800XL 512mb used slower ram than the cards with 256mb, and there were other cards in the past that suffered the same problem. But now that games are actually using more on board memory I bet if you went back and compared the X800XL 512 to the 256mb version it would be faster.

RE: 1 gig of DDR3?
By beemercer on 3/21/2006 4:01:47 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not sure, but i think that extra memory is quite helpful when doing CAD/scientific apps; i wish i could test this theory out, but im way too fucking poor.

16 Pixel Shader Processors?
By PrinceGaz on 3/21/2006 7:31:16 AM , Rating: 2
I thought the X1900 series which this is based on had 48 pixel-shader units, but this press release says the card has 16 pixel-shader processors. I know the X1900 has only 16 ROPs but the press release specifically says pixel-shader processors (it actually says it twice).

By lemonadesoda on 3/21/2006 8:39:37 AM , Rating: 2
It wouldn't surprise me if the marketing ladies are a bit confused with all the techno-mumbo-jumbo.

X1800 not X1900
By webdawg77 on 3/21/2006 9:52:59 AM , Rating: 2
It is based on the X1800 family, so 16 Pixel pipelines is correct.

RE: X1800 not X1900
By Saist on 3/21/2006 6:01:17 AM , Rating: 2
according to the press release the card is fully supported under linux, which means that ATi does have drivers for x1x00 parts available...

yet there are no downloads for existing x1x00 owners.

Usefullness of 1GB
By josmala on 3/21/2006 6:26:02 AM , Rating: 2
Too bad its not bigger since you cannot fit even a single movie scene completely inside the cards memory ;-)

But 1GB might be fit for looking part of the scene at a time ;-)

The normally slowness of adding memory is just in past they have clocked the card with more memory slightly slower for implementation reasons. If its equal clocking the more memory is always better.

Game bench's?
By Hypernova on 3/21/2006 6:34:20 AM , Rating: 2
Wonder how 1 gig willhelp games, probably not much for current games though.

Not a gaming card
By RobFDB on 3/21/2006 6:59:51 AM , Rating: 2
This isn't a gaming card, it's a professional card for CAD etc work. I do wonder however how different the card is to the x1900 and if it's just a driver change. Normally the FireGL cards are changed at the hardware level to optimise the work they are meant to do. 1GB of memory for these kids of applications would probably be quite benficial.

By bldckstark on 3/21/2006 12:26:32 PM , Rating: 2
At the bottom of the article is says they updated the post to read X1800 instead of X1900, but it says the update was posted on 3-22-06. It is the 21st today. Please don't read the updated article until tomorrow. Even the updates need updated nowadays!

By killerroach on 3/21/2006 1:34:33 PM , Rating: 2
A video card that has as much memory as my desktop PC. Either GPUs are starting to scale out of control, my PC's getting ancient, or the professional card segment is returning to its roots of glorious spec overkill. Granted, I'd rather see 1GB on a X1900-based pro card, but beggars can't be choosers.

What Core?
By Googer on 3/21/2006 5:35:06 PM , Rating: 2
What GPU core does this Card use? R5xxx? What is it's desktop counterpart?

By stephenbrooks on 3/21/2006 5:38:26 PM , Rating: 2
true 128-bit floating point precision

That is insane. I only use 64/80-bit for particle physics calculations. What you'd want 128-bit for I'm not entirely sure, though maybe if you're accumulating a lot of small values together it would prevent errors occurring. But even so... for a *graphics* card... when most of them seem to use 32-bit floats!

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