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ATI FirePro 2460 touts four Mini DisplayPort outputs

updated 06:45 pm EDT, Mon April 26, 2010

New ATI FirePro promises four displays, one card

AMD signaled a new direction for its workstation-class cards today by unveiling the ATI FirePro 2460 Multi-View. The card is unique in the pro world in carrying four Mini DisplayPort connectors and can use all four at once depending on the configuration, including merged into one or two displays using Eyefinity. It only has 512MB of display memory but can still drive up to three 30-inch displays at once.

In addition to working natively with Apple LED Cinema Displays, the outputs can use adapters to connect to full-size DisplayPort and dual-link DVI screens.

The card is pitched as an option for day traders and other power users that may need multiple screens but who don't need raw 3D performance at the same time, as with the FirePro V8800. Its budget card still supports the full DirectX 11 (and soon OpenGL 4) feature set, however, and uses just 13W of power in a single-slot design much friendlier to smaller desktops.

Like with most of its pro cards, AMD is targeting the 2460 initially at the Windows market and hasn't said whether it plans expansion to other operating systems. The board should be available now for $299.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    AMD is targeting the 2460 initially at the Windows

    Then who gives a $#@%!

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Because it's apple's connector

    Mini DisplayPort connector is something Apple created. They want to push that as a standard, and include it on all of their machines. It's relatively non existent in the PC world so far.

  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    your comment

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Um ya

    DisplayPort Supporters include

    * Acer
    * Altera
    * AMD/ATI
    * Analogix[32]
    * Apple
    * ASRock[33]
    * Circuit Assembly
    * DataPro
    * Dell
    * Eizo
    * Fujitsu
    * Genesis Microchip
    * Gigabyte Technology
    * Hall Research Technologies
    * Hewlett-Packard
    * Hosiden Corporation
    * Intel
    * Integrated Device Technology
    * Japan Aviation Electronics
    * Lenovo
    * Luxtera
    * Matrox Graphics
    * Molex
    * Micro-Star International[34]
    * Mstar
    * NEC
    * NVIDIA
    * NXP Semiconductors
    * Palit Microsystems Ltd.
    * Parade Technologies
    * Pioneer Corporation
    * Philips
    * Quantum Data
    * S3 Graphics
    * Samsung
    * Sparkle Computer
    * Texas Instruments
    * Toshiba
    * Tyco Electronics
    * Unigraf

    Computers with it

    Dell also supplies current products such as the Adamo 13, Studio XPS 13 and Studio XPS 16, Latitude E6400, E6410, E6500, E6510, Z600 and Precision M2400, M4400, M6400, M2500, M4500, M6500 laptops and Optiplex desktops with DisplayPort connectors - sometimes superseding DVI connectors.

    Alongside the standard Dell lineup, Alienware have the displayport connector now on the Alienware M11x, M15x and M17x.

    Lenovo ThinkPad X301, T400s, R500, T500, W500, W700, W700ds, T410s, T410, T510, W510, W701, W701ds. (X200s, X200, X200 Tablet, X201s, X201, X201 Tablet support DisplayPort via the optional X200 Dockingstation.)

    HP ProBook 5310m, 6440b, 6445b, 6540b, 6545b and EliteBook 2540p, 8440p, 8440w, 8540p, 8540w, 8740w.

    Fujitsu LifeBook S710, E780 and Celsius H700.

    Toshiba Satellite Pro S500, Tecra M11, A11 and S11 with Mini DisplayPort.[28][29][30][31]

    Acer Aspire 8938, 8940 and 8942.

    Apple made the Mini DisplayPort not DisplayPort itself which comes from VESA. The standard is by far way better and more scalable then HDMI. It just came out late because they wanted to perfect it VS HDMI which came out quickly to be first, 3 standards later lot of early adopters got screwed.

  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969


    cool card

    This card is perfect for some of our PC needs. We'll probably move to it, or something like it (slim line card w/3 or more mini-DisplayPort connectors) once we've exhausted our supply of current full size graphics cards.

    The kicker (disappointment) of this card is its seeming lack of support in Macs. There are Windows & Linux drivers, but no mention of Mac drivers, leaving many potential Mac customers (the type of people who would actually buy three 30" screens) purchasing something else.

    You'd think that Apple & ATI could at least work together to build a universal driver that would allow all ATI cards to work, even if it didn't support all the features of a particular card.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Um ya

    Perhaps you missed the "mini" in "Mini DisplayPort"?

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