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Old Jul 2, 2004, 05:56 PM   #1
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Default The ATI Radeon To ATI FireGL Mod Guide Rev. 2.0!

Adrian has written a guide on how to modify a few of ATI's desktop cards into their FireGl counterpart. Try it at your own risk!
Yes! The GPUs ATI used in their desktop graphics cards are the same GPUs they use in their FireGL series of workstation graphics cards! They only make some minor changes to the PCB of the FireGL cards. In some cases, it looks like they even use the same PCB used in the desktop cards!

ATI has been using this trick since the release of their Radeon 9500 series, which uses the R300 core. Even NVIDIA did the same thing with their GeForce series, which they turned into Quadro cards with some minor modifications on the PCB board. What this means is these workstation cards are essentially the same as their desktop counterparts.

Why did ATI and NVIDIA choose to do this? Well, as usual, it's all about the money. Designing a different GPU for workstation cards requires a lot of money. And since the market for such cards is relatively small, the cost will cut too deeply into their profits.

By using a desktop GPU in their workstation cards, the cost of workstation cards becomes virtually the same as that of desktop cards. This greatly increases their profit margin and makes workstation cards a very lucrative market. In addition, using desktop GPUs allow great flexibility when it comes to supplying a fickle market.
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Default Re: The ATI Radeon To ATI FireGL Mod Guide Rev. 2.0!

After reading through the whole article I realized its not meant for gamers!
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