Over the last few weeks we have been giving NVIDIA’s high-end GPU cards a lot of attention, and although their new lineup offers some of the best options in the industry their lower-cost cards are a perfect option for PC users on a budget.
This morning NVIDIA detailed a new line-up of Kepler-Based, Quadro cards which NVIDIA claims are “the world’s fastest, most efficient GPU architecture”. In a prepared statement sent to us from NVIDIA this morning, the company talks about the line of GPU cards stating, “NVIDIA Quadro with Kepler architecture offers no-compromise workflow acceleration for customers with exacting computing and graphics demands,” said Sandeep Gupta, senior director of the Professional Solutions Group at NVIDIA. “Kepler offers a future-safe GPU solution, whether professionals are integrating more realism and physics into their manufacturing designs or dealing with the complex demands of 4K workflows in broadcast and film.”
NVIDIA also confirmed that the new Quadro products can be paired with the NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU to expand the range of configurations available with the NVIDIA Maximus platform, “giving professionals the ability to match the solution to their workflow” according to NVIDIA. Designers and engineers can perform simultaneous computer-aided engineering, rendering or structural / fluid analysis on the same system they are using for design work. And content-creation professionals can perform faster video editing, effects and animation.
The cards have the ability to “scale-up resolution” using NVIDIA Mosaic Technology, while the new display engine in the NVIDIA Kepler GPU drives up to four displays simultaneously. Users can interact with the displays independently or, with NVIDIA Mosaic technology, combine up to 16 displays as a single large display so any application can easily scale to higher resolutions.
In the new line are five new options which NVIDIA has detailed below.
- NVIDIA Quadro K4000 ($1,269) A high-end card that delivers blazing-fast performance for graphics-intensive applications. Has 3 GB of onboard memory, multi-monitor support and stereo capability in a single-slot configuration.
- NVIDIA Quadro K2000 ($599) A midrange card that offers outstanding performance with a broad range of professional applications. Comes with 2 GB of onboard memory to hold large models and multi-monitor support for enhanced desktop productivity.
- NVIDIA Quadro K2000D ($599) A variant of the Quadro K2000, with native support for two dual-link DVI display connectors for interfacing with ultra-high-resolution medical imaging displays.
- NVIDIA Quadro K600 ($199) An entry-level card with great performance and certifications for leading professional applications. Equipped with 1 GB of onboard memory, comes in a low-profile design for maximum usage flexibility.
The new cards expand the Quadro technology family , which includes Quadro K5000, Quadro K5000 for Mac, and the complete Quadro mobile workstation product line-up – to deliver an unmatched professional application experience, enhanced visual workspace and proven Quadro compatibility and reliability. Features include:
- Next-generation streaming multiprocessor engine (SMX), delivering up to 50 per cent faster visualisation performance and twice the compute horsepower of previous-generation products.
- Larger, faster onboard GPU memory to let designers and animators work with larger models and richer scenes while maintaining smooth interactivity during design, visualisation and simulation.
- Exclusive NVIDIA FXAA (fast approximate anti-aliasing) and NVIDIA TXAA (temporal anti-aliasing) technologies that deliver stunning movie-style image quality and realism while maintaining a fully interactive experience compared to traditional approaches.
- Support for up to four displays from a single card, enabling desktop workspace expansion for higher productivity and dramatically simplified deployment of display walls and immersive display environments.
- NVIEW® Desktop Management Software to boost personal productivity with multi-display setups through intuitive window management, virtual desktops and application management.