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Nvidia Introduces New Quadros, Multi-OS SLI

Nvidia has refreshed nearly its entire Quadro line with a handful of new cards fit for the those who use GPUs for work instead of play.

Pairing up with the new Intel Xeon chips based on the Nehalem architecture are five new Quadro products. Nvidia actually lists seven Quadros as being new, but the FX 5800 and FX 4800 have occupied the stratosphere since late last year with onboard memory and prices that rival entire gaming rigs.

New, and definitely more economical for the non-heavy industrial user are the FX 3800 ($900), FX 1800 ($600), FX 580 ($150), FX 380 ($100) and NVS 295 ($100).

Perhaps even more significant is Nvidia’s introduction of SLI Multi-OS, which enables use of multiple Quadro GPUs from a single graphics workstation in a virtualized environment.

"In today's economy, organizations are turning to virtualization to increase productivity and maximize cost savings," says Jeff Brown, general manager of professional solutions at Nvidia. "Now professionals working with visualization applications can benefit from virtualization."

SLI Multi-OS is available on the Quadro FX 4800, FX 5800 and the new FX 3800. According to Nvidia, SLI Multi-OS works in association with Parallels Workstation Extreme virtualization software and Intel's VT-d technology, assigning both the host and guest virtual machine its own dedicated GPU.

The new Quadro cards are available now from PNY Technologies, Leadtek and Elsa and systems from Dell, Fujistu-Siemens, HP and Lenovo.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Spanky Deluxe
    Wow, so nVidia is allowing graphics card driver pass through with VM software?? That could be a *big* deal if they open it up to all nVidia cards - especially for OS X gaming.
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  • Tindytim
    spanky deluxeWow, so nVidia is allowing graphics card driver pass through with VM software?? That could be a *big* deal if they open it up to all nVidia cards - especially for OS X gaming.
    The cake is a lie.
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  • OSX + gaming = Error. Go back to podcasting plz
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  • matt2k
    TindytimThe cake is a lie.
    hahahahahahaha
    i like that
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  • Tindytim
    Quick message to whoever -1'd me.

    OSX gaming makes little sense from multiple points.

    A) A gaming machine that could max out the setting on most games at moderate resolutions could be had for half the price of an entry level Mac.
    B) Very few games are written for OSX, and even when they are they come out much later.
    C) With bootcamp, you don't need games written for OSX. You can run all the latest games on your underpowered, and overpriced hardware.
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  • hellraiser06
    Here you go Tindytim... I +1'd ya.....

    Some people just dont understand......Never mind them please...
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  • Daneel
    So you could plonk down a few grand on a quadro, or you could buy a top end gtx295 or lower and bootstrap it. same result: quadro.
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  • but for the casual gamer, this would be great. Or for the CAD professional. Maybe not for someone with WASD tattooed on their forehead..
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