ATI to release FireGL V5200 series for Notebooks

By Justin Mann on February 6, 2006, 12:32 PM
It's all well and good when ATI or nVidia release the next Radeon or GeForce for mobile platforms, and the performance seen from them in the past 2 years has been incredible on laptops. Luckily for the serious developer, such as AutoCAD users, they aren't forgetting workstation mobile users either. ATI is releasing the FireGL V5200, featuring 5 vertex engines and 12 pixel shaders. Based on the X1600, it's a card that is sure to have decent performance with 256MB of RAM, a 128-bit memory bus and a PCI-Ex connection to the motherboard. Lenova, who own the Thinkpad series now, will already be incorporating this new chip into their boards. We'll likely see more fairly soon.




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Cartz said:
CoolI have a friend who does a ton of work with AutoCAD and he has been given a bit of cash to snag himself a new laptop/desktop replacement system. This would do nicely I think, and I'll recommend it to him for sure.It's always nice when you can take your designs to the shop floor, and see the plans on your computer in front of you taking shape in reality.That thing almost sounds better then my gaming systems video card though, thats a little depressing :S
MonkeyMan said:
Nice, the only question I have, is how much is this thing going to actually cost? I'm hoping the price doesn't exceed $200, but we'll just have to see when this new card is released. Great Job ATI.
nathanskywalker said:
Well, i'm not quite sure what all taht means, because i'm not one of those people who actually needs something like this but[quote]If the V5200 is the X1600 under another name, it will contain 157m 90nm transistors and connect to its 256MB of GDDR 3 memory - double the complement of the V5000 - across a 128-bit, quad-channel bus. It'll be a native PCI Express x16 chip and feature dynamic voltage control to moderate its power consumption.[/quote]From the sound of that, any mobile platform with that sucker in it is going to fly!!!
need_a_dell said:
Sounds like a decent upgrade for laptop users. Some programs rely heavily on videio memory, so this should be able to help out quite a bit! (Adobe Premiere Pro for example)Looks like ATI has a real winner on their hands.
barfarf said:
I wonder what would be the battery drain on it? Would it reduce battery life that much?
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