AMD introduced a new workstation graphics card with low power consumption, the ATI FirePro 2450. This low-profile model can drive four 1920 x 1200 pixel displays and has an average power consumption of 17W or less, with a maximum of 32W in full load.
The FirePro 2450 has 512MB GDDR3 memory and is available in PCI Express x16 and x1 editions. The card features VHDCI connections with breakout cables for quad DVI and VGA display outputs.
“The ATI FirePro 2450 offers the reliability professionals expect and the efficiency IT departments require. IT managers want a card they can test once, deploy virtually anywhere, and count on to run reliably,” said Janet Matsuda, senior director, AMD Professional Graphics. “The low power consumption enables cool, energy-efficient operation, as well as superior reliability and longevity. The compact form factor can be deployed in nearly any system. This accelerator is perfect for customers who need more than two displays, such as in financial services and process control.”
The low profile design of the ATI FirePro 2450 enables IT departments to standardize on one card that can be installed in a broad range of systems, including workstations, desktop PCs and docking stations featuring AMD or other processors. With 512 MB of on-board graphics memory the card delivers high performance while streaming media and running applications in several windows and includes full Microsoft Windows Vista® Aero support, all while consuming less than 18W of power on average—making the card an exceptional energy efficient solution for virtually any multi-view environment. In addition, the ATI FirePro 2450 supports PCI Express 2.0 and offers two VHDCI connectors with breakout cables for quad DVI-I or VGA support. It allows for flexible output configurations, making the card capable of driving multiple high resolution monitors for the maximum amount of screen space.
The ATI FirePro 2450 has a MSRP of $499 and replaces the ATI FireMV workstation cards used today by many leading financial services organizations. Good luck with that.