Nvidia has launched the Quadro FX 4800 professional graphics card, featuring 192 processor cores and 1.5 GB of memory.
Nvidia has been hard at work lately pushing out new high-end products for the professional market; last month releasing the Tesla personal supercomputer, as well as the world’s first 4 GB graphics card. While not quite as exciting as those releases however, Nvidia has started off December with the launch of its new Quadro FX 4800 ultra-high-end professional graphics card. The new graphics card features 192 CUDA parallel processor cores, 1.5 GB of GDDR3 frame buffer memory and 76.8 GB/s of memory bandwidth.
Designed for applications such as digital content creation and high-performance computational analysis, the Quadro FX 4800 seems to be the replacement for the aging Quadro FX 4600 graphics card, both of which are currently priced at $1,999. Loaded with 192 parallel processor cores though, the new Quadro FX 4800 has even more processor cores than the Quadro FX 5600, while having a lower price and requiring less power. According to benchmarks located on Nvidia’s website, the Quadro FX 5600 and Quadro FX 4800 perform identically.
|Processor Cores||Memory Size||Memory Bandwidth||Memory Interface||Power Consumption||Price|
|Quadro FX 5800||240||4 GB||102 GB/s||512-bit||189 W||$3,499|
|Quadro FX 5600||128||1.5 GB||76.8 GB/s||384-bit||171 W||$2,999|
|Quadro FX 4800||192||1.5 GB||76.8 GB/s||384-bit||150 W||$1,999|
|Quadro FX 4600||112||768 GB||67.2 GB/s||384-bit||134 W||$1,999|
|Quadro FX 3700||112||512 MB||51.2 GB/s||256-bit||78 W||$799|
The Quadro FX 4800 comes equipped with two DisplayPort connectors, a single Dual-Link DVI connector and has support for DirectX 10, OpenGL 3.0 and Shader Model 4.0. The card fills up the space of two slots, consumes 150-watt of power and assuming that a system can handle two of these cards, there is support for SLI frame rendering.