Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Apr 2008 20:01 UTC, submitted by irbis
3D News, GL, DirectX Open Graphics Project founder Timothy Miller recently noted on the project's mailing list that they are set to announce that their first hardware, the OGD1, is ready for pre-order. "The OGD1 design has actually been finished for a couple of months now," he began, explaining that they've been setting up a way to process pre-orders for the first 100 boards. The board will retail at USD 1500, with a USD 100 discount offered for the first 100 pre-orders. "These are pre-orders, not orders," Timothy continued, "that means the lead time is unpredictable. We don't have a stock. We will purchase a stock based on the number of pre-orders we get. Also, this means that if we never get a large enough number of pre-orders, we will be unable to fulfil them; all pre-orders would be cancelled, and no one would be charged anything."
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RE: Comment by flanque
by CaptainPinko on Wed 16th Apr 2008 21:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by flanque"
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OGD1 is for hardware hackers. This isn't just about graphics. If all you wanted was a graphics card that worked with Free Software, we've had that for a long time with Matrox, for some time with Intel, and most recently and significantly with ATI. Where our graphics pipeline will be competitive is in embedded systems. ...It's for the community of people who want to tinker with their own hardware ideas, students who want to learn, and professionals who need a prototyping platform.

This is NOT a graphics card. This is a hardware development prototype card. This may be used to develop a graphics card, and even used as one (it can also be used as a paper weight and a hammer), but it isn't a graphics card. If you don't want to develop hardware then don't get this card.

This would have been useful for a friend of mine who was doing research on building hardware to speed-up bio-informatics calculations. Or if you wanted to build an open-source wireless card. This is not that expensive for what is meant to be, however, taken as a graphics card -or a paper weight or a hammer- it is outrageously expensive.

Edited 2008-04-16 21:56 UTC

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