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Nvidia launches a low cost Quadro 400 workstation card

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Wed Apr 06 2011, 13:09

GRAPHICS CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia has released an affordable Quadro workstation video card.

The Green Goblin claims that its Quadro 400 card provides "5X faster performance over high-end consumer gaming cards" and a further 10-fold improvement when running CAD/CAM applications. While those claims have yet to be verified, the £120 low-profile card comes with 512MB of DDR3 RAM and is rated at a thermal design power draw of just 35W.

More importantly, Nvidia cites a 30-bit colour engine, 10-bits per colour, and claims a dynamic range of over one billion colour hues. There's dual-link DVI support for resolutions up to 3840x2400 and a Displayport output that supports 2560x1600 resolution. The card supports dual monitor output and Nvidia's 3D Vision technology.

It is surprising to see Nvidia compare the Quadro 400 to high-end consumer gaming video cards. Both AMD and Nvidia promote pixel reproduction fidelity and the increased testing and verification of their workstation boards and drivers rather than their gaming performance.

Nvidia announced that the Quadro 400 cards will be in HP Z400, Z600 and Z800 workstaions and all Fujitsu Celsius workstations, with Lenovo lining up support for the card in its Thinkstation boxes later this month. PNY is shipping the Quadro 400 in Europe and the US. µ


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