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Nvidia Maximus Arrives With Kepler Foundation

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Nvidia unveiled Maximus 2.0, the company's second generation workstation graphics platform consisting of Quadro graphics and Tesla acceleration.

Maximus 2.0 is based on GK110 Kepler architecture, and offers the Quadro K5000 as well as the Tesla K20 GPU. According to Nvidia, the new workstation card enables developers to reference over 1 million textures directly in memory, take advantage of FXAA/TXAA film-style anti-aliasing technologies and use up to four displays simultaneously. The integrated Display Port 1.2 supports resolutions up to 3840x2160 pixels at 60 Hz. The frame buffer has been increased to 4 GB and PCIe 3 has been added.

Kepler also benefits the new Tesla products and provides a three-fold increase inc omputational efficiency, Nvidia said, while dynamic parallelization simplify the development of multi-threaded apps and provide greater performance overall.

Workstations integrating the Quadro K5000 and Tesla K20 will become available in December. The standalone K5000 will enter retail in October and is priced at $2,249 MSRP. The K20 will be available for $3,199 MSRP.

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    CaedenV , August 10, 2012 12:22 PM
    uglynerdmanthats nice but can it run crysis? /sarcasm off.

    this is what you use to MAKE crysis!
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    CaedenV , August 10, 2012 12:44 PM
    spookieIs it really worth that price tag?? How much could it really cost to build it?

    These are cards for professionals. In the consumer market it is a question of how much it costs to make, assemble, market, and support, while still allowing a profit margin for the manufacturer of the chip, the manufacturer of the card, and the reseller (typically 5-20% markup for each step). It is all about having the cheapest product that gets the job done with an 'acceptable' failure rate. That is now how 'pro' equipment is priced.

    Professionals dont care (much) about the up front cost of a tool or product. What they care about is the efficiency of the workflow. Think of a video editor (though not the best example for this specific card, just a workflow I am familiar with, but the same general argument can be made for others). A small-time wedding videographer needs to pump our 2-6 videos a month to keep up with demand. Lets say that editing takes ~20-40 hours (importing, AV cleanup, editing, 'effects' and titles, and exporting). That leaves relatively little time allotted for lining up new gigs, actuially shooting projects, or looking at ways to expand or run the business. Also, most of the business lines up in a 2-3 month window during the spring, and how fast you can pump out a quality product determines how much money you will make that year. So getting a card (no matter the expense) that can help speed up that 20-40 hour workflow and shrink it down to ~15-30 hours means that you can all the sudden take on 1/3rd more projects, charge a little more because of your popularity and ability to get the customer their video in a timely manner (something most videographers suck at), or spend that extra time to hire/train new help, or administer the business end of things. Just on that alone it is worth every penny.

    Conversely; What happens when your rig goes down? Missed deadlines typically means giving a discount to your customer, but more importantly it means that word-of-mouth advertising and referrals (which business relies upon) will not happen, and in fact you will likely loose business. That down time costs thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars, hurts your reputation, and delays or looses further business. These pro cards are much beefier, and meant to run 24/7, where as game cards are more designed to run 4/6, so if you are a professional what would you trust?
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    uglynerdman , August 10, 2012 11:04 AM
    thats nice but can it run crysis? /sarcasm off.
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    spookie , August 10, 2012 11:10 AM
    Is it really worth that price tag?? How much could it really cost to build it?
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    captainblacko , August 10, 2012 11:43 AM
    never mind crysis can it run minecraft?
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    CaedenV , August 10, 2012 12:22 PM
    uglynerdmanthats nice but can it run crysis? /sarcasm off.

    this is what you use to MAKE crysis!
  • 13 Hide
    CaedenV , August 10, 2012 12:44 PM
    spookieIs it really worth that price tag?? How much could it really cost to build it?

    These are cards for professionals. In the consumer market it is a question of how much it costs to make, assemble, market, and support, while still allowing a profit margin for the manufacturer of the chip, the manufacturer of the card, and the reseller (typically 5-20% markup for each step). It is all about having the cheapest product that gets the job done with an 'acceptable' failure rate. That is now how 'pro' equipment is priced.

    Professionals dont care (much) about the up front cost of a tool or product. What they care about is the efficiency of the workflow. Think of a video editor (though not the best example for this specific card, just a workflow I am familiar with, but the same general argument can be made for others). A small-time wedding videographer needs to pump our 2-6 videos a month to keep up with demand. Lets say that editing takes ~20-40 hours (importing, AV cleanup, editing, 'effects' and titles, and exporting). That leaves relatively little time allotted for lining up new gigs, actuially shooting projects, or looking at ways to expand or run the business. Also, most of the business lines up in a 2-3 month window during the spring, and how fast you can pump out a quality product determines how much money you will make that year. So getting a card (no matter the expense) that can help speed up that 20-40 hour workflow and shrink it down to ~15-30 hours means that you can all the sudden take on 1/3rd more projects, charge a little more because of your popularity and ability to get the customer their video in a timely manner (something most videographers suck at), or spend that extra time to hire/train new help, or administer the business end of things. Just on that alone it is worth every penny.

    Conversely; What happens when your rig goes down? Missed deadlines typically means giving a discount to your customer, but more importantly it means that word-of-mouth advertising and referrals (which business relies upon) will not happen, and in fact you will likely loose business. That down time costs thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars, hurts your reputation, and delays or looses further business. These pro cards are much beefier, and meant to run 24/7, where as game cards are more designed to run 4/6, so if you are a professional what would you trust?
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    jupiter optimus maximus , August 10, 2012 2:14 PM
    The name "Optimus Maximus" seems familiar to me... :heink: 
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    sslapikas , August 10, 2012 3:36 PM
    spookieIs it really worth that price tag?? How much could it really cost to build it?


    Nothing in this world is worth price tag. It is worth what people are willing to pay for it.
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    CaedenV , August 10, 2012 4:21 PM
    Hey Toms, Could you do more benches on these types of 'pro' products? I realize they are much harder to bench and compare, but there are very few reviewers who review these types of products, and even fewer who do a good job at it. I would love to see how these stack up against AMD FirePro cards, as well as how they stack up against high end gamer cards for those who are transitioning to professional workloads and are not sure what level of product to purchase.
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    dalethepcman , August 10, 2012 5:27 PM
    They should have named it Prime Optimus to mess with Hasbro.
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    kronos_cornelius , August 10, 2012 5:52 PM
    uglynerdmanthats nice but can it run crysis? /sarcasm off.

    The updated question is Can Crysis run at 3840x2160 resolution ?
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    kronos_cornelius , August 10, 2012 5:57 PM
    I could only find one monitor (or TV) with that resolution and it cost $40,000
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    danielravennest , August 10, 2012 6:59 PM
    caedenvthis is what you use to MAKE crysis!


    It should perhaps be obvious that Crysis is built on the same kind of computers as players use. If it were not, you could not test how it looks and runs from the player standpoint. But what do I know? I only build CryEngine game levels. Download the developer kit and see for yourself:


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    danielravennest , August 10, 2012 7:02 PM
    http://www.crydev.net/dm_eds/download_detail.php?id=4
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    hetneo , August 10, 2012 9:53 PM
    kronos_corneliusI could only find one monitor (or TV) with that resolution and it cost $40,000

    Hey I found four that support that resolution, and thankfully this card supports four displays. /sarcasm

    That's resolution for four 1920x1080 displays stacked in 2x2 configuration.
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    Draven35 , August 11, 2012 8:06 AM
    caedenvHey Toms, Could you do more benches on these types of 'pro' products? I realize they are much harder to bench and compare, but there are very few reviewers who review these types of products, and even fewer who do a good job at it. I would love to see how these stack up against AMD FirePro cards, as well as how they stack up against high end gamer cards for those who are transitioning to professional workloads and are not sure what level of product to purchase.


    Working on it....
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    eddieroolz , August 13, 2012 6:33 PM
    spookieIs it really worth that price tag?? How much could it really cost to build it?


    If it was not, the market for workstation cards would have died out 15 years ago.

    However, they are still going strong; strong enough that new card releases are worthwhile.
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    folem , February 14, 2013 8:56 PM
    kronos_corneliusI could only find one monitor (or TV) with that resolution and it cost $40,000

    There is a Sony TV that can do 4K (the shorthand name for this resolution) for $25,000.

    There are a lot of TVs (and monitors I think) that can process 4K, but most don't have the capability to display at that resolution. 4K is mostly meant for HD theater (usually IMax) screens and 3D televisions, which only show to layers of 1080p totaling only 1/2 of the total resolution (3D theater screens use 8K).
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    folem , February 14, 2013 8:58 PM
    caedenvHey Toms, Could you do more benches on these types of 'pro' products? I realize they are much harder to bench and compare, but there are very few reviewers who review these types of products, and even fewer who do a good job at it. I would love to see how these stack up against AMD FirePro cards, as well as how they stack up against high end gamer cards for those who are transitioning to professional workloads and are not sure what level of product to purchase.

    It doesn't use this card, but Tom's did a review comparing new FirePro and Quadro cards.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/firepro-w8000-w9000-benchmark,3265-20.html#BOM_comments
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    brythespy , July 8, 2013 10:15 PM
    No, this cannot run Minecraft... Goddamn NASA computer can't run it, terribly coded OpenGL game... Yet, addicting as hell..