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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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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.

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