Matrox has announced a new version of their Parhelia graphic card with 256MB, the price of this professional card? $599 :
Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of professional graphics solutions, today announced the new Parhelia 256MB graphics board designed for the most demanding 3D workstation users in the AEC, DCC, MCAD and GIS markets. At an ESP of US $599, an unprecedented price for this memory configuration on a graphics accelerator, the Parhelia 256MB provides the ultimate in productivity and reliability, award-winning image quality and cutting-edge workstation features.
Providing ample local memory for high-resolution multi-head display buffers and locally-cached datasets such as textures, the Parhelia 256 MB enables sustained productivity for the most demanding design environments including hardware-accelerated 3D on triple-displays and complex rendering with abundant high-resolution texture usage.
With support for DCC applications such as 3ds max™, by Discreet™ and Softimage XSI™ as well as AEC applications such as AutoCAD 2002®, by Autodesk® and Microstation®, by Bentley Systems Inc., professional workstation users will benefit from the significant productivity gains of Parhelia's revolutionary Surround Design, the only triple-head accelerated 3D environment from a single AGP graphics solution.