Tuesday, July 27th 2010

New NVIDIA Fermi-Class Quadro Launches the Era of Computational Visualization

NVIDIA today launched the era of the 'computational visualization workstation' for designers, engineers, researchers and animators by introducing its Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs) based on NVIDIA Fermi architecture, and by also introducing the new NVIDIA 3D Vision Pro solution. The new 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 Plex 7000 array, and Quadro 6000, Quadro 5000 and Quadro 4000 GPUs 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. Rated at an unheard of 1.3 billion triangles per second in raw performance, the Quadro 6000 enables 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 to Accelerate Entire Workflows
Combining high performance computing capabilities with advanced visualization, the new Quadro GPU is the world's first professional graphics solution with Error Correction Codes (ECC) memory and fast, IEEE double precision floating point performance. These 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 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 -- such as the company's portfolio of Application Acceleration Engines (AXE) and NVIDIA CUDA parallel processing architecture. The result is that software 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.

"NVIDIA isn't just working on building better graphics hardware, but the software tools needed to drive the needed advancements that are now changing the industry," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst, Enderle Group. "NVIDIA was committed to building tool after tool this past decade in order to drive the market where they needed it to go, and their efforts are paying off."

The new Quadro 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
-Mobile Workstations:
  • Quadro 5000M, mobile workstation GPU with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory and 320 CUDA cores
Additionally, all Quadro products are compatible with the new NVIDIA 3D Vision Pro active shutter-glasses solution, also announced today, for the highest-quality stereoscopic 3D immersive experience.
Widespread Adoption
Workstation OEMs and System Integrators, including Dell, HP, Lenovo, BOXX Technologies and NextComputing, are among those that are offering the newest Quadro solutions. Quadro products are also available from value added resellers through master distributors PNY Technologies in North America and Europe, Leadtek in Asia Pacific, and ELSA in Japan.

"As the first professional-class GPUs to integrate high performance computing with advanced visualization, NVIDIA Quadro combined with Dell Precision workstations are poised to transform workflows," said Greg Weir, senior manager, Dell Precision Workstations Product and ISV Marketing. "With this technology, we are enabling our design, research, animation and film customers to deliver higher quality results in less time."

"NVIDIA continues to push the envelope on delivering cutting-edge graphics solutions,"said Rob Herman, director of product marketing, worldwide ThinkStation Business Unit, Lenovo. We're actively incorporating these latest graphics into our newly upgraded ThinkStation C20 and D20 workstations to deliver innovative, 'visual supercomputers' to our customers."

Availability and Pricing
The Quadro 4000 ($1,199 MSRP, USD) and Quadro 5000 ($2,249 MSRP, USD) are available immediately through all channels. The Quadro 6000 ($4,999 MSRP, USD) and Quadro Plex 7000 ($14,500 MSRP, USD) will be available this fall. Mobile workstations based on the Quadro 5000M will be available in the third quarter of 2010 from HP and Dell.
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51 Comments on New NVIDIA Fermi-Class Quadro Launches the Era of Computational Visualization

#1
Sasqui
Quadro Plex 7000 ($14,500 MSRP, USD)

Holy smokes!
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#3
mdsx1950
Can it run Crysis?
xD


But on a serious note how would these perform when running games?
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#4
Jizzler
^ Probably 10-20% under their GTX 4xx equivalent.

Not bad on the Plex. When nVidia first introduced the Plex series they were $20K and $25K.
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#5
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
by: mdsx1950
Can it run Crysis?
xD


But on a serious note how would these perform when running games?
Quardo cards usually don't perform well in games.(since thats not what they were designed for)

Man thats a lot of cash.:eek:
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#6
ebolamonkey3
Wait, why would these run slower than a GTX 4xx? B/c of lower clocks (I didn't see any clock speeds)?
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#7
Pickles24
I bet those cards are unreal. I just finished a project in AE with about 40k+ particles and my 470 sliced through it like a knife in hot butter. The 4xx series run better then the older Quardo in AE and Premier cause they are made for Fermi. I bet these are off the charts on a professional level with ram preview and real time rendering.
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#8
Delta6326
they would run slower than there 4xx in games because of drivers
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#9
Batou1986
they do look nice i would like to see that color scheme on there non quadro cards
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#10
arnoo1
maybe somewhere there is een idiot that will chance the bios and driver so you can use it for gaming and 6gb mem willl be cool lol,
bigg ass overkill xd

and to expensive and useless
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#11
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
In case you thought those Q5000/Q6000 cards use a single 6-pin power input, this is what the reverse side of the cards look like (6+8 pin):



And for the single-slot Q4000 (single 6-pin):



The heatsinks on the reverse side cool the memory chips there.
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#13
Velvet Wafer
because of the drivers.... physically they are just gtx 4xx with insane memory upgrades. they are meant for companies, or people that like to render much (and have the required cash:D)
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#14
(FIH) The Don
why dont they make the gtx-4xx have the same look?

i think the Quadro cards look waaay better than the gtx-xxx cards
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#15
Laurijan
That´s the first single slot Fermi I have seen.
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#16
Velvet Wafer
thats the biggest fan hub i ever saw with those small blades;) must be really efficient if they dont need much air too cool that thing!:p
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#17
Mistral
by: Sasqui
Quadro Plex 7000 ($14,500 MSRP, USD)

Holy smokes!
Maybe for that price they are throwing in a free PSU...
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#18
_JP_
CAD/CFD built cards are never cheap. It's always been that way.
They are not made to fast process graphics and games, they are made to produce highly detailed 3D models in big resolution screens. To view and make 3D CAD models or test CFD models, it doesn't take a 1GHz core GPU, but it takes a heck of a core architecture and ability to calculate tons of polygons and tons of RAM to display them.
I admire the fact that they can go SLI.
Engineer 1 - "Oh, my Airbus A380 3D model is taking quite a while to load!"
Engineer 2 - "Just slap on another 7000 and be done with it!"
I also would like the backside RAM cooler to be included in standard cards. That would be a nice feature in cards w/RAM on the back of the card.
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#19
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Nah, a Quadro "plex" is a sub-system with multiple Quadro graphics cards inside for GPU virtualization.

It comes in desktop and rack-mount form factors.



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#20

It's the economy man, everybody's trying to cash in before the big crash.
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#21
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Taskforce
It's the economy man, everybody's trying to cash in before the big crash.
Lol, when the economy was healthier, graphics cards were actually costlier.
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by: btarunr
Lol, when the economy was healthier, graphics cards were actually costlier.
Really, i don't remember Quadros costing 14k, nor do i remember high-end graphics card costing over 500 bucks on release.
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#23
DanishDevil
by: Taskforce
Really, i don't remember Quadros costing 14k, nor do i remember high-end graphics card costing over 500 bucks on release.
Just read a couple lines of this article near the bottom:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/video/display/20070502085641.html

Besides, these are NOT consumer graphics cards. They are meant for workstations and have specialized drivers that make them good at what they are intended to do, and crap at gaming.
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#24
LAN_deRf_HA
Could someone please benchmark a quadro against it's desktop equivalent in gaming with the appropriate drivers (performance I think?). It's been far too long since we've seen a real comparison like, but there's been evidence here and there that the gaming performance gap between the two has closed quite a bit. Probably to make it easier on developers wanting to work and test quickly on the same rig. I figure it should be done both at stock, and then with the consumer card clocked down to match the workstation card to see the clock for clock difference.
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#25
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
by: LAN_deRf_HA
Could someone please benchmark a quadro against it's desktop equivalent in gaming with the appropriate drivers (performance I think?).
I don't think anyone can actually afford one to do that.:laugh:
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