Introduction

The recent re-introduction of multiple GPU configurations into the mainstream has given us quite a bit to talk about over the past few months. Recently, the Quadro SLI from NVIDIA was paper launched. While we wait for the drivers to trickle out of NVIDIA so that we can begin testing, we have another interesting multiGPU solution to consider: the 3Dlabs Wildcat Realizm 800.

We've already taken a look at the Wildcat Realizm 200, which forms the basis for the 800. In our investigation of the Realizm 800, we will see more extensive testing of the part when we can get a hold of NVIDIA's SLI drivers, since that will be a relevant comparison. We would also like to compare this card against the top of the line Quadro 4400 and FireGL V7100, which we don't have in our labs yet. As the Realizm 800 is very much an extension of the 200, and because we don't have the very interesting comparisons available yet, we will treat this article as a brief introduction to the card.

3Dlabs parts have their advantages and disadvantages. Whether the Realizm 800 fits your needs or not, Creative has certainly helped to keep the battle for the 3D workstation space interesting. To get us started, here's a quick table showing the differences between some of the cards that we've tested and the Wildcat Realizm 800.

AGP Workstation Graphics Contenders
3Dlabs Wildcat Realizm 200 3Dlabs Wildcat Realizm 800 ATI FireGL X3-256 NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000
Street Price ~$850 ~$2000 ~$800 ~$1500
Memory Size/Type 512MB GDDR3 640MB GDDR3 256MB GDDR3 256MB GDDR3
Memory Bus 256bit 512bit 256bit 256bit
Memory Clock 500MHz 500MHz 450MHz 500MHz
Core Clock ? ? 490MHz 375MHz
Vertex Pipes 4 8 6 6
Vertex Processing 36-bit 36-bit 32-bit 32-bit
Pixel Pipes 12 24 12 16
Pixel Processing 32-bit / 16-bit storage 32-bit / 16-bit storage 24-bit 32-bit / 16-bit selectable
Shader Model Support VS 2.0 / PS 3.0 VS 2.0 / PS 3.0 SM 2.0 SM 3.0
2x Dual-Link DVI Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stereo 3D Yes Yes Yes Yes
Genlock/Framelock Multiview Upgrade Multiview Upgrade No SDI version

Inside the Wildcat Realizm 800
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  • Draven31 - Saturday, March 26, 2005 - link

    Nice performance, too bad if performs so poorly in other applications...

    3dLabs cards are great if 3d is the *only* thing you're doing on it. If you're doing anything 2d, or that uses 2d overlays, forget it. This means problems in After Effects, Combustion, Photoshop CS...

    For those of you that don't know, most 3d artists at least use Photoshop to create textures.
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  • faboloso112 - Friday, March 25, 2005 - link

    good shizzle...how about some reviews of a 512mb vid card meant for gaming...i think i saw someone posted a thread for one in AT forums as a hot deal...was it a 6800 ultra or the x850 series that had the 512...cant remember...wonder if this next mem bump really helps with the FPS in the latest gaming engines...anyone wanna second that? Reply
  • JustAnAverageGuy - Friday, March 25, 2005 - link

    All that and not a single pic of the card itself?

    Dissappointing!
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  • hoppa - Friday, March 25, 2005 - link

    Wow does that card really cost $15500 and suck so bad? Reply
  • stephenbrooks - Friday, March 25, 2005 - link

    May I discreetly point out that 'discreet' and 'discrete' have discrete meanings (page 2). Reply
  • Turin39789 - Friday, March 25, 2005 - link

    *card Reply
  • Turin39789 - Friday, March 25, 2005 - link

    Where are the Doom 2 Benchmarks, how does this care compare!? Reply
  • BaronVonAwesome - Friday, March 25, 2005 - link

    Um, so how well would one of these workstation cards work on games? Reply
  • Johnmcl7 - Friday, March 25, 2005 - link

    It's sad, but I would like to see some proper pictures of this card as well. A quick search showed the Realizm 800 alongside some of the other cards:

    http://pcweb.mycom.co.jp/photo/articles/2004/09/12...

    John
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  • brownba - Friday, March 25, 2005 - link

    seriously, give us pics

    we need our geek-pron
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