AMD FirePro 2460 Multi-View offers 4 display outputs in half-height card
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 26, 2010 - 12:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
With the excitement and news surrounding AMD's FirePro additions (including the V8800 and the V5800/V3800 today) another graphics card was released that might be more compelling to readers: the FirePro 2460 Multi-View. How could a half-height card with only 512MB of memory and an average power consumption of 13 watts get us excited?
As the name implies, this card will offer four total display outputs in a low power solution. By using mini-DisplayPort connections the FirePro 2460 Multi-View can support running four monitors at a time in half-height mode!
The key here of course is that this card is not meant for gaming or other 3D rendering. It does have OpenGL 2.1 and DX11 support but that is really just for supporting Windows 7 features and perhaps some basic GPGPU options.
Yes, you can still pick up the AMD Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition graphics card that will support six simultaneous displays but that comes with a higher price tag, more required power, external power connections and the physical limitation of two full sized slots.
UPDATE: We finally got the estimated price on the FirePro 2460 Muliti-view: $299. That is a bit higher than I was hoping it would be seeing as the more graphically powered FirePro V3800 is only $109 but it still puts the 2460 well below the cost of any other 4-output solution. If you are a day trader or a user that needs a LOT of screen real estate without the need for gaming or rendering acceleration, then the FirePro 2460 is compelling!