NVIDIA Revamps Quadro Line for Fermi Architecture

Posted by at 10:47 am on July 27, 2010

NVIDA Quadro FX5000M

NVIDIA today began shipping its long promised Fermi-based Quadro workstation graphics cards. They share the same, DirectX 11-capable and OpenGL 4.1 cores as the GeForce 400 series and are claimed to be up to five times faster than the models they replace. The top of line Quadro 6000 has a large 6GB of GDDR5 video memory and can handle as many as 1.3 billion triangles per second across its 448 processing cores.

The lesser cards and cores primarily scale down in memory and cores. The Quadro 5000 uses 352 cores and 2.5GB of memory, while the 4000 drops to 256 cores and 2GB of memory. A mobile workstation version, the Quadro FX 5000M, uses 320 cores and 2GB of memory .

The line is faster for general-purpose math using CUDA, DirectCompute and OpenCL. The 4000 and 5000 should be available today for Windows users at prices of $1,149 and $2,249. Both Dell and HP plan systems before the end of the summer using the new cards.

All of the cards will work with 3D Vision Pro, an adaptation of its gaming-focused 3D Vision to tasks such as 3D modeling and collaborative virtual environments. It uses the same pairing of active shutter glasses with a wireless transmitter and should support up to 20 hours of use for a single pair of glasses on a charge. It costs $349 for the glasses and $399 for the wireless transmitter. Both will only be ready by October.

NVIDIA Quadro 4000

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