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Nvidia's Dual-GPU SFF Card Packs a Punch

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 11 comments

Nvidia has released the industry’s only low-profile professional graphics solution designed for maximum display real estate in a Small Form Factor (SFF) package. The Quadro NVS 420 packs a punch.

The new Quadro NVS 420 compliments the ever increasing popularity of the small form factor PC. Although not mainstream yet, they could be in the near future – even in the workplace. Having a physically smaller computer means less physical space required. Not to mention that small form factor computer cases add a bit of elegance to your workspace on the job or at home.

With support for up to four 30-inch displays at a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels each, business professionals that require a lot of digital desktop real estate can maximize their productivity with the use of display management tools such as Nvidia nView.

Quoting Jeff Brown, general manager of Professional Solutions at Nvidia:

“The convenience of small form factor computers can now finally be matched with remarkable business graphics and digital display capabilities. The Quadro NVS 420 transforms these small form factor machines into business graphics powerhouses.”

Computer aided drafting (CAD) specialists or graphic design artists will surely enjoy the capabilities of the Quadro NVS 420 (if they are in need of a powerhouse low-profile card). This card comes equipped with a  large frame buffer and high memory bandwidth, something that is definitely required by many digital signage installations.

The Nvidia Quadro NVS 420 should be available this coming February, carrying a price-tag of roughly US$499.00. More information on Nvidia Quadro technology can be obtained here.

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    Pei-chen , January 23, 2009 5:39 PM
    Is Matrix still around? Isn't multi-monitor workstation graphics Matrix's specialty?
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    ram1009 , January 23, 2009 5:56 PM
    Elegance in the workplace????? What a load of crap. Sounds like something Steve Jobs would sell.
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    Tindytim , January 23, 2009 7:13 PM
    4 monitors at 2560x1600!?

    Considering all the monitors I've seen at that resolution are +30', I don't see how you could fit all of those on a single Desktop. I have two 24' monitors on my desk now, and they take up quite a bit of space. It seems like the space you'd save on the PC form factor would be quickly lost by using 4 monitors.
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    Shadow703793 , January 23, 2009 8:20 PM
    TIndytim4 monitors at 2560x1600!?Considering all the monitors I've seen at that resolution are +30', I don't see how you could fit all of those on a single Desktop. I have two 24' monitors on my desk now, and they take up quite a bit of space. It seems like the space you'd save on the PC form factor would be quickly lost by using 4 monitors.

    :lol:  Very true.
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    mrubermonkey , January 23, 2009 9:50 PM
    Lol at $499.00.
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    dyingcat , January 24, 2009 12:15 AM
    TIndytim4 monitors at 2560x1600!?Considering all the monitors I've seen at that resolution are +30', I don't see how you could fit all of those on a single Desktop.

    Got a friend who used to work at a big finance company. Heard almost everyone at his place has 4-8 monitors on their desks, so I guess it's possible =P
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    Niva , January 24, 2009 3:45 AM
    Yup, I'm at work right now with 5 21" monitors in my face! I wish we'd have $ for the big 30" screens.
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    bf2gameplaya , January 24, 2009 6:23 AM
    Come on! Multi-monitor set-ups are a breeze when you have the right stand and select thin bezel monitors ostensibly designed for matrix set-up. I personally use and love Ergotron but check this out:

    http://www.ergoindemand.com/lcd-monitor-stands-multi-monitors.htm
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    Anonymous , January 26, 2009 3:24 AM
    Usually cards like these go for couple of hundred bucks more!
    I wonder how they'll perform in gaming environments; and how much they improve CAD / 2D drawings compared to a good modern to date- 3D card like a radeon 4870 card or so..?
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    apache_lives , January 26, 2009 10:38 AM
    ummmmmmm is it just me or this is some half assed dual low end card? 2x64 bit memory channels, 256mb per GPU, and with a cooler like that it cant be too powerful etc (not to sound like thats important etc)

    i cant see a proper workstation in a slim line case either, this is just a no no for high end systems etc usually (raid setups, lots of cores, ram etc)

    then again its not really my specialty....
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    bounty , January 26, 2009 4:55 PM
    It says 16 processor cores, but I wonder if that's total or per card. Nvidia 9400 has 16 "cores" so it's probably close to a 9400, or if each has 16 cores it's 2 9400's in SLI. Which would still be kinda slow I think.