FirePro 2450 draws 18W, can drive four displays

Workstation graphics cards sometimes dazzle with high-end specifications and price tags in the thousands of dollars, but AMD’s new FirePro 2450 is a little different. The card has a low-profile design, and AMD says it only draws about 18W of power on average.

Despite the small form factor, the FirePro 2450 has 512MB of onboard memory, and it includes a pair of VHDCI connectors. Hook up breakout cables to those connectors, and AMD says you can drive up to four DVI-I or VGA monitors. The official press release doesn’t mention maximum resolutions for each output, but it does mention "driving multiple high resolution monitors for the maximum amount of screen space."

Don’t let the low-profile design fool you: this is still a workstation product, and AMD charges accordingly—$499, to be precise. Purportedly, this offering is designed to replace the FireMV workstation cards used by "many leading financial services organizations."

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    • Wirko
    • 11 years ago

    So, until someone invents a Ethernet-connected monitor, AMD will be able to charge $500 for a card that can draw some text and graphs on four LCDs.

    • ludi
    • 11 years ago

    This looks to be a picture of the actual card:

    §[<http://www.slashgear.com/ati-firepro-2450-quad-wuxga-from-one-card-0936825/<]§ Shrouded, so there's not too much to see other than the profile and the funky connectors.

    • Crayon Shin Chan
    • 11 years ago

    This is all I can think of.

    §[<http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/1051/4chanwhoadude.jpg<]§

      • paulWTAMU
      • 11 years ago

      very NSFW.

        • Convert
        • 11 years ago

        Tell me about it, that kind of a setup is pretty kinky.

        Oh and there is hentai.

        • ImSpartacus
        • 11 years ago

        Are we at work? That’s what I thought.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 11 years ago

    At first I read the title and I’m like WOAAAAAA!!!

    Then I see the price and go Ohhhhhhh……

    • Xylker
    • 11 years ago

    1x PCI-E connector?

    That is an interesting innovation. Might be fun to add this to the HTPC…

    • mczak
    • 11 years ago

    Hmm, so is this a “HD4350X2” (that is, 2x rv710)? I’m a bit surprised to see that those outputs have a limit (digital) of 1920×1200 (like old FirePro MV cards did). Is this a limit of the VHDCI connector which doesn’t have enough pins to support dual-link dvi connections?

      • zqw
      • 11 years ago

      A DMS-59 can do two dual-link DVI. But, it looks like they couldn’t fit two of those:
      §[<http://www.slashgear.com/ati-firepro-2450-quad-wuxga-from-one-card-0936825/<]§ (from ludi.)

        • Cyco-Dude
        • 11 years ago

        the discription said VHDCI, not DSM-59. the picture is blurry, but it looks like there are two there (stacked vertically).

          • mczak
          • 11 years ago

          yes definitely looks like 2 stacked vhdci connectors. btw don’t try to connect your harddisk there (vhdci is a scsi connector…) :-).
          Not sure though why it wouldn’t support dual link dvi. A dvi connector has (including shield pins, analog pins) 29 pins, so two vhdci connectors (68 pins each) should be enough for routing all signals for 4 dual-link dvi-i connections.

    • flip-mode
    • 11 years ago

    Interesting. Currently, ATI’s consumer products and Autocad 2009 seem to tussle with each other from time to time. I wonder if these workstation grade cards avoid that issue.

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