Page 1:SIGGRAPH Puts On The Pressure
Page 2:Test Candidates In Detail
Page 3:ATI FireGL T2-128: A Cheap Starter Model
Page 4:ATI Drivers
Page 5:ATI Drivers, Continued
Page 7:NVIDIA/PNY Quadro FX 3000: Flagship
Page 8:NVIDIA/PNY Quadro FX 3000G: The Upper-Crust Version
Page 9:NVIDIA/PNY Quadro FX 500: Entry Level
Page 10:NVIDIA Drivers
Page 11:NVIDIA Drivers, Continued
Page 13:An Overview Of The Most Important Details
Page 14:Test Setup
Page 15:Lab Notes: Drivers Still Have A Way To Go
Page 16:Viewperf 7.1a
Page 17:Viewperf 7.1a, Continued
Page 18:3D Studio Max 4.2.6
Page 19:Solidworks 2003 SP0.0
Page 20:Maya 5.0
Page 21:Price Comparison And Evaluation
Page 22:Equipment Table
NVIDIA/PNY Quadro FX 3000: Flagship
NVIDIA's new workstation flagship is called Quadro FX 3000 and features a 256 MB video memory. Unknown to many, this model comes in two versions. The differences are limited to equipment, however, as you'll soon discover. Compared to the older FX 2000, the noticeably lower noise levels are a positive improvement.
The heart of the FX 3000 is the NV35GL graphics chip. It is based on the NV35 that has found use in the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra gaming card for some time now. By the way, the GeForce FX 5900 is clocked at 450 MHz in 3D mode; the FX 3000 is 50 MHz slower. Buyers beware: In the area of workstation applications, the link between clock speed and performance is not easy to make.
The Quadro FX 3000 bests its seven opponents in almost all benchmark disciplines.
NVIDIA claims maximum memory bandwidth of 27.2 GB/s. Based on a memory bandwidth of 256 bits, the result is a clock speed of 425 MHz or 850 MHz DDR. Altogether, the NVIDIA has found room for 12 shader pipelines - the FX 2000/1000 has 8 - on its 130 million transistor chip. These calculate up to 100 million triangles/s and 3.2 billion texels/s.
On the resolution front, NVIDIA is out to break records. With the luxury IBM T221 and Viewsonic VP2209b models, they've managed to render an impressive 3840x2400 pixels. For those interested, this resolution bears the unpronounceable standard abbreviation of QUXGA-W.
On the left is the jack for stereo glasses. Analog monitors, using the adapter supplied, or digital flatscreens can be connected through the two DVI-I ports. Even a mixed configuration is possible. The TDMS chip is a cut above. It can already handle dual-link mode - i.e. two channels at once.
Since power needs can no longer be supplied via the AGP bus, the NVIDIA device needs an extra power connector.
- SIGGRAPH Puts On The Pressure
- Test Candidates In Detail
- ATI FireGL T2-128: A Cheap Starter Model
- ATI Drivers
- ATI Drivers, Continued
- NVIDIA/PNY Quadro FX 3000: Flagship
- NVIDIA/PNY Quadro FX 3000G: The Upper-Crust Version
- NVIDIA/PNY Quadro FX 500: Entry Level
- NVIDIA Drivers
- NVIDIA Drivers, Continued
- An Overview Of The Most Important Details
- Test Setup
- Lab Notes: Drivers Still Have A Way To Go
- Viewperf 7.1a
- Viewperf 7.1a, Continued
- 3D Studio Max 4.2.6
- Solidworks 2003 SP0.0
- Maya 5.0
- Price Comparison And Evaluation
- Equipment Table