ATI Technologies today announced the industry’s first one gigabyte (1GB) workstation graphics accelerator, the ATI FireGL V7350, and also a 512 megabyte configuration, the FireGL V7300. These are ultra high-end 3D card designed for CAD, DCC and imaging professionals who work with massive datasets and the price tag reflects that. The FireGL V7350 and FireGL V7300 are shipping today at $1,999 USD MSRP and $1,599 USD MSRP respectively.
The 1GB FireGL V7350 is accompanied by the V7300, a 512MB version. Both GPUs are fabbed at 90nm and derive from ATI’s Radeon X1000 series. As such they incorporate its Avivo image enhancement pipeline, including support for 40-bit and 64-bit RGB colour, and the latest Radeons’ 512-bit ring memory bus architecture. Both boards provide 41.6GBps of memory bandwidth, ATI said, pointing to as memory clock speed of 325MHz (650MHz effective).