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RoundEye
05-07-02, 09:15 PM
It's $1,699.00 from NewEgg (http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?submit=manufactory&catalog=48&manufactory=1126&DEPA=1) :eek:. Is it fast or best suited for graphics design? For that much money it better get about a billion 3D marks.

http://www.ati.com/designpartners/media/images/fgl4board3.jpg


http://65.119.30.151/productimage/14-102-201-02.JPG

Faust
05-07-02, 09:20 PM
can't read the silkscreens, but i would assume its one of the FireGL series. it's their equivelant to 3DLabs' graphics workstation cards. meant for 3D modeling and programming in OpenGL.


only one problem. they dont have hardware D3D support. only OpenGL. granted, they will run OpenGL faster than absolutely anything, but D3D performance would be significantly worse than most decent desktop cards.

LT-73
05-07-02, 09:21 PM
Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeez !! :eek:

XSeaNX
05-07-02, 09:32 PM
Originally posted by Faust
can't read the silkscreens, but i would assume its one of the FireGL series. it's their equivelant to 3DLabs' graphics workstation cards. meant for 3D modeling and programming in OpenGL.


only one problem. they dont have hardware D3D support. only OpenGL. granted, they will run OpenGL faster than absolutely anything, but D3D performance would be significantly worse than most decent desktop cards.

sooooo basically what your saying is it would suck for most games...

Faust
05-07-02, 09:59 PM
yep.

if its an OpenGL game, and it worked (the engineers use either old Diamond FireGL cards or medium-grade 3DLabs cards at work. i have never tried to run a game at work, though) it would run the game insanely fast. but anything needing D3D would run just awful.

Noevo
05-07-02, 10:12 PM
hmm, have an old FireGL Pro (i think thats the model) laying around somewhere. Gonna have to find it i think. We bought two machines at work in I think '98 or '99 that came with them. They were ~500Mhz Alpha machines. Things blew chunks for pretty much everything. Had to run an emulation software to run most programs, including Office.

Cool cards, just not very useful for general purpose. A lot of card for specific apps though, like Faust said.

A_old
05-07-02, 10:23 PM
i've run q3 on a fireGL 1 card before.. it sucked.. graphic anomalies everywhere..slow..etc..the drivers and cards just aren't made for that type of thing..they're made for redraw..e.g. cad/3d work

HongKongPolice
05-08-02, 05:30 AM
What a rip, you could just hack up a GF3 into a Quadro and it'll have at least 50% of the performance of that card, at like 1/5 the cost.... hehe.