Nvidia Corp. on Tuesday refreshed the lineup of Quadro professional graphics cards. The new graphics boards are based on either Kepler or Maxwell architectures, will offer higher performance than predecessors as well as a number of new capabilities that will significantly change the way people use professional graphics cards.
The new Quadro K5200, K4200, K2200, K620 and K420 graphics cards – are based on the GK110GL, GK104GL or GM107GL graphics processing units, just like some of their processors. In addition to higher – by up to 40 per cent – performance in a number of cases, the new graphics adapters support several important functions not available on previous-generation solutions.
In particular, the new Quadro graphics boards allow to:
- Interact with data sets or designs up to twice the size handled by previous generations thanks to larger memory buffers;
- Remotely interact with graphics applications from a Quadro-based workstation from essentially any device, including PCs, Macs and tablets;
- Switch seamlessly from local GPU rendering to cloud-based offerings using Nvidia Iray technology.
“The next generation of Quadro GPUs not only dramatically increases graphics and compute performance to handle huge data sets. It extends the concept of visual computing from a graphics card in a workstation to a connected environment,” said Jeff Brown, vice president of professional visualisation at Nvidia. “The new Quadro line-up lets users interact with their designs or data locally on a workstation, remotely on a mobile device or in tandem with cloud-based services.”
The new Quadro GPU family will ship beginning this fall from Nvidia workstation OEMs, including HP, Dell, Lenovo and other major workstation makers; from systems integrators, including Boxx Technologies and Supermicro; and from authorised distribution partners, including PNY Technologies in North America and Europe, ELSA and Ryoyo in Japan, and Leadtek in Asia Pacific.
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KitGuru Says: The new Quadro graphics cards have gained support for modern technologies, such as remote interaction with Quadro-based workstations and switching from local GPU rendering to Iray cloud rendering. It is likely that enterprises will love the new solutions and their capabilities.