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Nvidia finally releases 1GB Quadro card

G71-based corporate crowd-pleaser
Fri Apr 21 2006, 11:40
LOOKS LIKE we were right all along, when we said a Quadro card powered with 1GB of memory wouid tip up in April.

Nvidia confirmed the date and announced the card wil be called the Nvidia Quadro FX 5500. The card is based on the G71 chip and sports 1GB of GDDR 3 memory with a 256-bit memory bus.

It will be a PCIe card and boast a total of 33.6 GB/sec bandwidth. Nvidia has two more SKUs (Stock Keeping Units) branded as Quadro FX 4500 and 4000. The first has 512MB memory while the latter has 256MB, but the Quadro FX 4000 has AGP interface.

Nvidia is also preparing a few more SKUs based on its new 90 nanometre chips: Quadro FX 3500 GPU, NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500 GPU, NVIDIA Quadro FX 560 GPU, NVIDIA Quadro FX 550 GPU and Quadro FX 350 GPU.

Nvidia rocks in Professional market so it is a safe win for them, it has superior drivers and big OEMs and SIs love it, but ATI is getting closer. ATI will be remembered as the first company to launch a 1GB graphic card. µ


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