SGI Announces New Graphics Solutions for Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Linux Visual Workstations

SGI has announced the immediate availability of two new graphics solutions, V7 and VR7, for its Intel-based visual workstations running Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Linux operating systems.

The V7 graphics are the first multidisplay graphics solution for the Silicon Graphics 230 and Silicon Graphics 330 visual workstations, while the VR7 graphics are the midrange graphics solution with advanced features available on the Silicon Graphics 330 and Silicon Graphics 550 visual workstations. These graphics solutions are the next-generation graphics products spawned from the strategic alliance between SGI and NVIDIA Corporation. SGI delivers its visual workstations with differentiated graphics performance to meet the demanding application needs of technical and creative professionals in various industries.

The new graphics solutions deliver robust features and high-performance required by demanding digital content creation, CAD, sciences, and visual simulation applications. The V7 graphics are based on NVIDIA Quadro2 MXR graphics processor and include increased geometry performance, enhanced realism for 2D/3D viewing, as well as more screen real estate. The VR7 is based on the NVIDIA Quadro2 Pro graphics processor and delivers realistic images and exceptional performance including features such as increased geometry performance, enhanced realism for 2D/3D viewing, and more screen real estate. SGI's implementation of NVIDIA's Quadro2 family of graphics processors dramatically lowers the cost of the preeminent technology available in the workstation graphics market. The V7 and VR7 represent the pinnacle of workstation graphics performance and are priced to make that technology available to a broader group of graphics professionals. SGI visual workstations with the new VPro graphics are available immediately through SGI value-added resellers. Recent price reductions on selected configurations of up to 18% make these workstations even more affordable. The Silicon Graphics 230 visual workstation with V7 graphics starts at $2,645 (U.S. list), while the Silicon Graphics 330 visual workstation powered by a Pentium III 866 MHz processor with V7 graphics starts at $3,615 (U.S. list).

The Silicon Graphics 550 Pentium III Xeon 866 MHz processor-based visual workstation with VR7 graphics starts at $5,995 (U.S. list). For more information about SGI products visit the company's Web site at About SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their toughest computing problems. SGI develops, sells and supports high-performance visual workstations based on the IRIX, Linux, Windows 2000 and Windows NT operating systems using the most advanced SGI VPro graphics solutions for the creative and technical professionals in markets such as digital media, visual simulation, medical imaging and manufacturing. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at