Quadro 4000 Video Card Coming to Mac

Posted by at 10:26 am on November 16, 2010

NVIDIA today brought its Fermi graphics architecture to the Mac t by launching the Quadro 4000 for Mac. The workstation-class video supports the same features as its Windows counterpart and focuses heavily on general-purpose computing.   It  adds  sppeed  to OpenCL in Snow Leopard and can greatly accelerate apps that are using NVIDIA’s own CUDA language as well, such as video processing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.

General performance also goes up compared to through a rendering engine that handles as many as 890 million triangles per second, the inclusion of 2GB of video RAM and a 256-bit memory bus that gives about 89.6GB per second of bandwidth. Dual-link DVI and a stereo 3D port are the main connections.   NVIDIA has decided to equip the 4000 with a full-size DisplayPort and bundles an adapter to plug into a Mini DisplayPort screen.

The card will be available directly from the Apple Store later this month for $1,199. The card  requries a Mac Pro from early 2008 or later as well as Mac OS X 10.6.5 or later.

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