NVIDIA has introduced NVIDIA Quadro Graphics Processing Units (GPU) based on NVIDIA Fermi architecture and has also introducing the new NVIDIA 3D Vision Pro solution, launching the era of the ‘computational visualization workstation’ for designers, engineers, researchers and animators.
The new NVIDIA Quadro GPUs deliver performance that is up to five times faster for 3D applications and up to eight times faster for computational simulation, shattering previous benchmarks.
The NVIDIA Quadro 4000, Quadro 5000 and Quadro 6000 GPUs and NVIDIA Quadro Plex 7000 GPUs and all feature the new NVIDIA Scalable Geometry Engines and leverage NVIDIA Application Acceleration Engines (AXE) to enable the world’s fastest performance across a broad range of CAD, DCC and visualization applications.
The NVIDIA Quadro 6000 is rated at an unheard of 1.3 billion triangles per second in raw performance, and it allows users to interactively work with models and scenes that are five times more complex than ever before.
“For over a decade Quadro has been the choice of professionals around the world. We’ve also built Engines like AXE to enable the creation of next-gen applications,” said Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions Group, NVIDIA. “When you couple these technologies with our Fermi architecture, the result is a new Quadro family that’s exponentially better than anything the market has ever seen.”
Redesigned from the Ground Up
The new NVIDIA Quadro graphics processing unit combining high performance computing capabilities with advanced visualization, and is claimed to be the world’s first professional graphics solution with Error Correction Codes (ECC) memory and fast, IEEE double precision floating point performance.
These top-notch technologies are intended for applications demanding the highest accuracy, such as medical imaging, finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics.
“In high-end visual effects development, fast iteration is essential,” said Olivier Maury, research and development engineer, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). “By using NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, we are seeing up to eight iterations each day of complex fire, dust and air simulations, representing speed improvements of ten to fifteen times. NVIDIA CUDA and Quadro GPUs have entirely changed the way we solve complex visual effects challenges.”
The new NVIDIA Quadro GPUs are built on industry standards, including OpenGL 4.1, DirectX 11, DirectCompute and OpenCL. In addition, Quadro leverages technologies that are unique to NVIDIA, including the company’s portfolio of Application Acceleration Engines (AXE) and NVIDIA CUDA parallel processing architecture.
As a result, application and solution developers are able to create and deliver the next-generation of professional applications that incorporate compute-intensive tasks. Among these tasks are ray tracing, physics simulation, computational fluid dynamics and real-time video effects processing.
Company claims that it is working on building better graphics hardware and the software tools needed to drive the needed advancements that are now changing the industry.
The new NVIDIA Quadro GPU professional solutions introduced today include:
Scalable Visualization Systems:
- Quadro Plex 7000, with 12 GB (total) of memory and 896 CUDA cores
Board and Desktop Workstation Solutions:
- Quadro 6000, with 6 GB of GDDR5 memory and 448 CUDA cores
- Quadro 5000, with 2.5 GB of GDDR5 memory and 352 CUDA cores
- Quadro 4000, with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory and 256 CUDA cores
- NVIDIA Quadro 5000M, mobile workstation GPU with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory and 320 CUDA cores
Moreover, all NVIDIA Quadro brand products are compatible with the new NVIDIA 3D Vision Pro active shutter-glasses solution, for the highest-quality stereoscopic 3D immersive experience.
All the major workstation OEMs and System Integrators, including Dell, HP, Lenovo, BOXX Technologies and NextComputing, are now offering the newest NVIDIA Quadro solutions.
Price and Availability
The NVIDIA Quadro 4000 GPU is available for $1,199 MSRP (Rs. 55,233 approx.)and NVIDIA Quadro 5000 GPU comes for $2,249 MSRP (Rs. 103,430 approx.) and both GPUs are available immediately through all channels.
The NVIDIA Quadro 6000 with price-tag of $4,999 MSRP (Rs. 229,900 approx.) and NVIDIA Quadro Plex 7000 with price-tag of $14,500 MSRP (Rs. 666,850 approx.) will be available this fall. There is no news about its release in India market as yet.