On the back of the card is a Molex connector to get extra power from the system’s power supply. George Maestri is president of Rubberbug, a Los Angeles-based studio specializing in character animation. Included with the software are drivers for Discreet’s 3ds max, providing an extra performance boost. Offering users a great bang for their buck, the FireGL Xt would be an excellent addition to any 3D workstation. Of course, benchmarks are a rather synthetic way to test a card.

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For people working in motion pictures or with other high-resolution images, this feature should be incredibly helpful. A massive heatsink with plastic ducting dominates the center of the card.

Because its back end extends only about three inches past the AGP slot, it should fit into almost any case. The FireGL line of cards has gone through several incarnations and different chipsets. These figures were roughly 10 percent lower than those published on the ATI Web ari.

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I benchmarked the card using View-perf 7, the standard test for OpenGL-based cards. Because I did not do any optimizations on my system, my results should be considered typical for most users.

I used the card for several days on a 3ds max project I was developing, and had no problems in either OpenGL or DirectX mode.

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One nice thing about the card is that it supports bit-per-pixel color, which means that you can display more than Offering users a great bang for their buck, the FireGL Xt would be an excellent addition to any 3D workstation. Again, these applications presented no discernable issues.

The Windows drivers provide a robust control panel that enables tiregl to tweak just about every parameter of the card. Display resolution tops out at x per display, which should drive most large monitors.

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Of course, benchmarks are a rather synthetic way to test a card. The cards are also reasonably priced, setting a new standard for price and performance in the high-end workstation market.

The results were excellent, with the FireGL Xt offering a 3ds max score of By clicking the “Subcribe” button, you agree to sign up for the CGW Magazine e-newsletter, as well as to receive third-party promotions from our partners. Included with the software are drivers for Discreet’s 3ds max, providing an extra performance boost.

George Maestri is president of Rubberbug, a Los Angeles-based studio specializing in character animation. Like most high-end cards these days, this accelerator supports dual monitors. The back of the card is equipped with two DVI connectors, which can be used with analog monitors through the supplied adaptor.

Dual-display mode is configured with the use of the control panel. The FireGL X2 series of cards is the newest in the line and is incredibly fast. It’s still not quite large enough to drive the ultra high-end, 9-megapixel displays, but that’s still a small market segment. You can find them configured in high-end workstations from most of the major systems vendors. Hydravision also provides control over such features as window transparency. Regardless, it’s a good idea to keep this slot open, as the card needs lots of cooling.

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Keep up with latest news. I tested it on a machine running Windows XP, and installation was easy. Once configured, ATI’s Hydravision utility enables you to manage the placement of application dialogues between the displays.

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I really enjoyed the FireGL X2 card, and found it to be very stable. Developed by ATI, the FGL chips are custom-made with four geometry engines and eight separate pipelines for pixel processing. Publications CGW Volume: On the back of the card is a Molex connector to get extra power from the system’s power supply.