On the heels of its introduction of the Quadro M6000 at NAB in April, at SIGGRAPH, Nvidia announced the release of two more Maxwell-architecture-based Quadro professional graphics cards, the Quadro M5000 and Quadro M4000.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Quadro M5000||Quadro M4000|
|GPU Memory||8 GB GDDR5211 GB/s||8 GB GDDR5192 GB/s|
|Single Precision||4.3 TFLOPS||2.6 TFLOPS|
|Displays||4 x 4K||4 x 4K|
These new cards replace the Quadro K5200 and Quadro K4200, and the Maxwell architecture improvements allow them to, like the Quadro M6000, double the performance of the cards that preceded them. This leaves the Quadro M4000 with theoretical performance that would surpass the previous top-end Quadro K6000 in a single slot, according to Nvidia.
Pricing data was not available at press time, but it is safe to assume that they will occupy the same price point as their predecessors.
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It depends on the application. There are some apps that NEED a quatro/professional card or they wont work/work so slowly they aren't worth it. Others function just fine with regular geforce cards.
The pro cards are chips that come out of the foundry almost perfect and are very stable. They can run very hot without issue, but they're also down clocked to survive running 100% for sometimes days on end. It wouldn't be cost effective for us in gaming cards.
No it's not. I have a FirePro W9100. It runs games as good as the R9 290X, but I need it for Ansys and CATIA. If you don't need a pro card, the gaming cards are just as good, and a bit better. Like I said above, pro cards are a bit down clocked and their firmware targets stability first, plus overclocking them is a headache.
If you are using CAD with a Quadro card you get tech support so if you have a issue you can get help. If you are using a GeForce card they will tell you good luck, and hang up on you.
Off to SIGGRAPH.
Because these are lower TDP and thus lower clocks. Quadros are basically gimped Geforce cards that go forever. My Quadro FX 4800 is still going strong 24/7
Depends, is it revenue generating and do you need manufacturer support? Hardware wise there is very little difference between a Quadro and a Geforce, the software drivers on the other hand are not only optimized but also certified and supported for specific applications. If a business is using a specific application, and that application manufacture has Quadro certification, then that business can be certain to get the advertised results. Both nVidia and the application vender have legal liability for costs incurred if the Quadro product doesn't' work or produces faulty results. A GeForce product on the other hand has no such guarantee or liability. Same with Radeon and Firepro cards. Same with many business targeted solutions, business's pay an extra premium for the support and legal liability. Those are not needed for the home user and thus they don't pay for them. Where it gets dicey is the independent professional who works on contract with their own gear. There may or may not be a business case for them to spend the extra money on the support and liability that comes with a professional level graphics card.