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Nvidia Quadro 5000: Features, Connectors, And Driver

Workstation Shootout: Nvidia Quadro 5000 Vs. ATI FirePro V8800
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DisplayPort is the graphics card industry’s new favorite connector, since it guarantees high scalability for upcoming display solutions. There’s just one catch. How do you establish a new connector if the monitor makers aren’t willing to play along, and the majority of users have only just made the switch from VGA to DVI? Many folks may not even quite know what to make of HDMI yet, much less DisplayPort.

Nvidia’s approach is a cautious one, and while the company equips the Quadro 5000 with two DisplayPort connectors, it also provides a single dual-link DVI output. However, unless your monitor is already compatible with DisplayPort, you’ll still need to buy additional adapters if you’re planning to use a multi-monitor setup.

The memory system has also undergone an evolutionary change in that it now supports ECC (error correction code), making the Quadro 5000 the first card with this capability. The technique is not necessarily all that relevant to image processing. However, it is of great importance in medical analysis, financial computation, and cluster-based configurations. Even small single-bit errors can have a tremendous impact on the final result. ECC allows the graphics card to detect and correct this type of error, just like server and workstation motherboards can with system memory. The downside is that it results in a performance penalty. By default, Nvidia deactivates this feature in its drivers.

Nvidia also provides a 3-pin DIN port for use with 3D shutter glasses on the card’s backplate. The company already has compatible wireless solutions in its product portfolio as well.

Feature-wise, Nvidia is competitive with AMD once again. Shader Model 5, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, and OpenCL 1.0 are all finally supported in this generation of GPUs after several delays. Special solutions like Framelock, Genlock, and Serial Digital Interface required by the broadcast industry are also provided by this card.

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    joytech22 , September 1, 2010 6:42 AM
    You need to remember, Fermi is designed not "Just" for games, but was also designed, from day one, with computing in mind as well.
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    reprotected , September 1, 2010 7:55 AM
    Why isn't the Quadro 6000 and the FX 5800 in the benchmarks?
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    Randomacts , September 1, 2010 6:20 AM
    That graphics card cost more then both of the computers I own. O.o
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  • 15 Hide
    Randomacts , September 1, 2010 6:20 AM
    That graphics card cost more then both of the computers I own. O.o
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    tacoslave , September 1, 2010 6:22 AM
    if amd put a little more work on their drivers (i.e crossfire and firepro performance)they would be the clear performance champion.
  • 15 Hide
    Gin Fushicho , September 1, 2010 6:35 AM
    I really wish I knew what these numbers meant.

    For someone who doesn't do 3-D design these benchmarks are kinda confusing.
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    TheStealthyOne , September 1, 2010 6:36 AM
    The cooler for the FirePro card is really attractive imo.
  • 20 Hide
    joytech22 , September 1, 2010 6:42 AM
    You need to remember, Fermi is designed not "Just" for games, but was also designed, from day one, with computing in mind as well.
  • 6 Hide
    darthvidor , September 1, 2010 6:56 AM
    I'm impressed to find nvidia beating amd in power consumption.
  • 17 Hide
    reprotected , September 1, 2010 7:55 AM
    Why isn't the Quadro 6000 and the FX 5800 in the benchmarks?
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    SchizoFrog , September 1, 2010 8:08 AM
    Once again the arguement regarding AMD Drivers is brought to the fore. But more than this, when AMD has a line of products that could be said to 'miss' they absolutely FAIL. nVidia on the otherhand seem to have learned their lesson well from the 5xxxFX series and can still produce products that can compete at least at some level, ie: GTX460. Although these are Workstation products, nVidia have a complete package with GPUs and Drivers that work from the off.
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    scrumworks , September 1, 2010 8:10 AM
    I'm sure you'll be hearing from AMD pretty soon publishing those kind of results.
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    davefb , September 1, 2010 8:21 AM
    sort of interesting, but why is there no comparison to mainstream boards? There is a massive premium of cost here but nothing to be able to say 'hey boss, the onboard graphics we use really don't cut it any more, how about a quadro'.
    (or have I sped-read past the reason why ;)  )
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    L0tus , September 1, 2010 8:34 AM
    "AMD's best approach would be to commit more resources to its driver team to rectify the situation."

    Hence why I'm selling my HD5770 and getting a GTX460. Much as I like their hardware, ATI sucks balls on drivers...this card won't even shine on M&B and BF2 is a nightmare.
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    ohim , September 1, 2010 9:30 AM
    L0tus"AMD's best approach would be to commit more resources to its driver team to rectify the situation."Hence why I'm selling my HD5770 and getting a GTX460. Much as I like their hardware, ATI sucks balls on drivers...this card won't even shine on M&B and BF2 is a nightmare.

    Why do you even want to compare 2 different cards that have different price range ? At least in my country GTX460 costs almost twice as much as 5770. I wonder why nobody can force Nvidia or AMD to bring the workstation optimization found in Quadro - FirePRO drivers to normal cards ... we all know about the past Quadro mods from normal gaming cards ... most of the time all that differes between the 2 cards is amount of memory.
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    joytech22 , September 1, 2010 10:44 AM
    ohimWhy do you even want to compare 2 different cards that have different price range ? At least in my country GTX460 costs almost twice as much as 5770. I wonder why nobody can force Nvidia or AMD to bring the workstation optimization found in Quadro - FirePRO drivers to normal cards ... we all know about the past Quadro mods from normal gaming cards ... most of the time all that differes between the 2 cards is amount of memory.


    Because then Nvidia wouldn't have their Quadro lines would they?

    It's mostly for money, they just change a product a bit and market it as a completely different thing, this rakes in more money, and i know you can turn GTX2** Series card's to Quatro's because iv'e turned my GTX285 into one before.
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    soo-nah-mee , September 1, 2010 12:17 PM
    It may be an older card, but I hate the Quardo FX3700 that's in my workstation. I can run Inventor and Solidworks far better at home with an HD4870. ...And if you say your paying for durability or service hours, I don't buy it. You could buy 8 "gaming" cards for the price of my Quadro.
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    meat81 , September 1, 2010 12:50 PM
    AMD Drivers fault? Big shocker there
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    Poisoner , September 1, 2010 1:18 PM
    Maybe the ati cards just suck. Anyways fermi is designed for compute power is almost apples to oranges. This is no surprise to me knowing that fermi rapes g200 in folding.
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    geok1ng , September 1, 2010 1:33 PM
    "AMD's best approach would be to commit more resources to its driver team to rectify the situation."

    A true statement if i ever heard one, since AMD merged ATI and fired lots of ATI personnel.
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    pinkfloydminnesota , September 1, 2010 1:38 PM
    more or less a twin? could we have more riddles and less actual description of the components next time?

    what is it, not what is it more or less
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    saint19 , September 1, 2010 1:39 PM
    This isn't a secret the Nvidia’s Quadro series is an amazing card against his contenders I just wish that this amazing performance was used in the Fermi series :lol: 
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