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Nvidia Launches Fermi-based Quadro GPUs

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Fermi for serious business.

SIGGRAPH 2010, the annual computer graphics trade show of the ACM, started the exhibition Tuesday and Nvidia demonstrated at its booth its latest Quadro Fermi graphics cards. The cards are based on the same technology as the Nvidia GTX 400 series of consumer cards, but designed for workstation applications.

The Quadro 6000, 5000 and 4000 have 448, 352 and 256 processing cores respectively, with graphics memory sizes of 6 GB, 2.5 GB and 2 GB. While having fewer processing cores than the highest-end GTX 400 series consumer card, they also have up to 4x more graphics memory available. On the mobile front, the Quadro 5000M has 320 processing cores and 2 GB of graphics memory. For truly high-performance GPU-based computing, there is the Quadro Plex 7000 with 896 processing cores and 12 GB of graphics memory. All of the cards are compliant with OpenGL 4.0/4.1, DirectX 11, and shader model 5.0.

Nvidia is projecting that these new cards will bring new levels of interactivity and GPU-based performance extensions to the workstation market. Things like ray-tracing, physics simulations and computational fluid dynamics calculations can be done on the GPU, freeing up the processor to focus on other operations.

Nvidia also introduced and demonstrated their new 3D Vision Pro shutter glasses, to assist in the creation of stereoscopic media and for stereoscopic visualization of medical and scientific data.

The Quadro 4000 and 5000 are available immediately, while the Quadro 6000 and Quadro Plex 7000 are expected to be available this fall. Mobile workstations from Dell and HP based on the Quadro 5000M are expected to be available in 3Q 2010.

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    SchizoFrog , July 29, 2010 1:01 AM
    @wishmaster12

    If you are going to make a pun or joke, you have to reference it against something... otherwise you end up sounding... well, like you.
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    SchizoFrog , July 29, 2010 12:22 AM
    Without actual data and benchmarks it is hard to tell if it will be a success or not. But it will be interesting to learn if the original GF100 chips are better on the workstation front or if the GF104 will once again prove to be the chip to go for (although I have to admit I am not sure which chips will be used or not).
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    mgoblue3296 , July 29, 2010 1:01 AM
    wishmaster12just rember if you use a nvidia card your eyes will go cross eyed, and they will have to pull your eyes, out before you get brain damage from using the card, and hope for the best that your brain doesent explode


    what
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    SchizoFrog , July 29, 2010 1:01 AM
    @wishmaster12

    If you are going to make a pun or joke, you have to reference it against something... otherwise you end up sounding... well, like you.
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    Anonymous , July 29, 2010 1:07 AM
    test GPUs with new 3ds max Quicksilver render engine
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    digitalrazoe , July 29, 2010 1:13 AM
    and how much are we gonna get soaked for these Quadros ? eh ?
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    Spanky Deluxe , July 29, 2010 1:40 AM
    Quadro Plex 7000 - 896 processing cores. Clearly a dual GPU board. Looks like a dual 480 board will be appearing really quite soon. Well they'll probably keep that one in the bag until a week after ATI's 6xxx series is released.
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    Spanky Deluxe , July 29, 2010 1:43 AM
    Actually, looking at the 7000 - it's not on a board. It's in one massive rack mount thing and is actually two 6000s together. Very strange.

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-quadroplex-7000-us.html
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    Draven35 , July 29, 2010 2:05 AM
    Yes, the "Plex" models are external boxes.
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    rohitbaran , July 29, 2010 3:28 AM
    Finally, Fermi put to its primary intended use: Workstation computing. Let's see how it fends in this area.
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    saint19 , July 29, 2010 4:15 AM
    @rohitbaran: nVidia don't need fends in this area since don't exist any other series (nVidia or ATI) that can against that amazing performance and technology
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    one-shot , July 29, 2010 4:50 AM
    digitalrazoeand how much are we gonna get soaked for these Quadros ? eh ?


    The Quadro 6000 is $5000 and the 5000 is around $2500. It's like a shower that never ends.
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    Anonymous , July 29, 2010 5:00 AM
    @spanky Deluxe

    looks like the old tesla number crunching expansion boxes
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    cinergy , July 29, 2010 5:19 AM
    Hey, you forgot to put price tags. Quadro 7000 is $14500. Nvidia wants you to sell your Porsche and buy one of these before Rambus gets their business down.
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    dEAne , July 29, 2010 6:27 AM
    Memory at 6Ghz wow.
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    hardcore_gamer , July 29, 2010 7:08 AM
    " Quadro 7000 is $14500. Nvidia wants you to sell your Porsche and buy one of these before Rambus gets their business down."

    lmao :D 
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    wittermark , July 29, 2010 7:15 AM
    i really want to know the performance difference between lets say, one quadro 5000 vs 4x GTX480 quad SLI, considering they are in similar price range.
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    one-shot , July 29, 2010 8:54 AM
    Wittermarki really want to know the performance difference between lets say, one quadro 5000 vs 4x GTX480 quad SLI, considering they are in similar price range.


    I'm not sure you understand what a workstation card is. A Quadro 5000 is similar to a GTX 470 but drivers for CAD and other professional apps. I don't think it would be fair to compare 4 GTX 480s to 1 card similar to a GTX 470, do you?
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    Learn_w_Graffix , July 29, 2010 11:44 AM
    Re: comparing workstation (Quadro 5000) and desktop (GTX 480) video cards, the question is valid, IMO. If the WS card is 4x the price, then that price chooses what it is competing against. Consider:
    2 x GTX 460 with 1 GB each = $460
    1 x GTX 480 with 1.5 GB = $490
    1 x Quadro 5000 with 2.5 GB = $1900
    I do have a couple of questions. Does the 3 GB offered by two 480s compare to the 2.5 GB of a Quadro in 3D graphics use, or does the configuration still limit video memory effective for such purposes to 1.5 GB? Similarly, what about the 2 GB offered by two 460s? I'm trying to set up a graphics workstation for a hobbyist, and $1900 for a video card is out of the question.
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    aznplayer213 , July 29, 2010 11:56 AM
    You really can't compare performance between a workstation card and a gamin card because of usage. Quadros are specifically built for rendering graphics on such programs as AutoCad. While consumer graphic cards are used for rendering in-game graphics. Each has its own functionality and is therefore in separate categories. Comparing each card would be a waste since neither one is optimized to be used in both areas.
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