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Linux Magazine [Germany]: Workstation Video Adapter ATI FireGL X1 Tested

Dec 12, 2002, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mirko Dölle, Bernhard Kuhn)

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"The specs for the ATI FireGL X1 released at the end of July were definitely something to write home about. The FGL-9700 processor, with a clock speed of 325 MHz, a development based on the Radeon 9700, boasts no less than eight parallel pixel pipelines, four rendering units, a fully programable floating point pixel unit, and 256 Mbytes of DDR RAM hitched up to a 256 bit bus to allow transfer rates between the graphics processor and the frame buffer of up to 20 Gbytes/sec. Additionally, the manufacturer assures us that the adapter can display an infinite number of colors simultaneously to provide for photorealistic graphics.

"In contrast to its competitors from 3Dlabs and nVidia, the FireGL X1 makes do with a comparitively small and quiet fan. At least, any noise it may have made had very little effect on the noise levels in the vicinity of our lab computer, an HP Workstation X2100. The pre-release model that driver developer Alexander Stohr brought along to the Linux New Media labs already boasted the final, patch-free PCB layout. The adapter needs two slots due to the connector for a 3D glasses..."

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