updated 03:55 pm EDT, Mon March 31, 2008
AMD/ATI FireGL V7700
AMD has introduced its first professional-level videocard with a DisplayPort connection, the FireGL V7700. Intended for tasks like art and engineering design, the 7700 is a PCIe 2.0 card with 512MB of RAM, and 320 unified shaders. The DisplayPort connection is said to improve image quality, offering 10-bit output with over a billion colors; alternately, users can rely on the card's dual-link DVI-I output, which supports 30-inch screens, and as many as four displays when paired with other cards. Also present is a standard VGA port.
The card further supports some of the latest rendering standards, such as Shader Model 4.0, OpenGL 2.1, and DirectX 10. It should be available in April at a price of $1,099.