AMD releases extreme low-power FirePro 2450 quad-display graphics

Sunnyvale (CA) – Operating on less than 18 watts, the ATI FirePro 2450 quad-display graphics card might be just what the low-power, non-gaming, traditional use, multi-screen crowd is looking for — though its sales price of $499 might be a little steep for the same crowd’s pockets.

The FirePro 2450 has 512 MB memory, operates on less than 18-watts on average, supports PCI Express 2.0 and has two VHDCI connectors with breakout cables for quad DVI-I or VGA monitors. AMD suggests the graphics card serves as a replacement for the ATI FireMV workstation cards which are currently used by financial service organizations.

Janet Matsuda, senior director of AMD Professional Graphics, said, “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. 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.”

Competitor Nvidia recently offered the Quadro NVS 420 video card which also supports four displays, though using DVI-D or DisplayPort connectors. Nvidia’s card also sells for $499, and is designed to operate at a maximum of 40 watts driving four 2560 x 1600 monitors.

See AMD’s press release.