AMD touts first pro graphics card with DisplayPort

— 10:54 AM on March 31, 2008

The new DisplayPort display interface is slowly starting to trickle into the market. Dell already sells 24" and 30" monitors outfitted with DisplayPort connections, and users can plug them into graphics cards like Palit's pimped-out GeForce 9600 GT.

AMD apparently thinks professional users ought to get a taste of the new interface, too, because it has released what it says is the world's first workstation graphics card with DisplayPort output. The new card is branded ATI FireGL V7700, and it looks to be based on the same RV670 graphics processor as desktop Radeon HD 3800-series offerings. The FireGL V7700 features 320 stream processors, Shader Model 4.0 support, 512MB of memory, maximum theoretical memory bandwidth of 72GB/s, and PCI Express 2.0 compliance. Aside from DisplayPort, the card features one dual-link DVI port, one high-definition component video port, and stereo 3D output capability.

The V7700 is scheduled to start shipping worldwide next month. As a workstation-class product targeted at computer aided design, digital content creation, and professional imaging, it won't be cheap. AMD quotes a suggested price of $1,099.

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