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Nvidia launches Quadro K5000 for Apple's Mac Pro

Unloved workstation gets graphics boost
Fri Sep 07 2012, 22:31
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CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia has released the Quadro K5000 GPU for Mac Pro workstations, its first Kepler based discrete graphics card for Macs.

As Apple has let its Mac Pro workstations languish without a major update in years, Nvidia is doing its bit to keep Apple's professional faithful equipped with its current GPU. The firm launched its Kepler based Quadro K5000 GPU for the Mac Pro claiming it has twice the performance of the previous generation Quadro Mac GPUs.

Nvidia's Quadro K5000 is the firm's high-end workstation graphics card sitting just below the headline Quadro 6000, which isn't available on the Mac. Nevertheless the firm's Quadro K5000 is far from a cut-and-shut board, with 1,536 cores and 4GB of 256-bit GDDR5 with a total memory bandwidth of 173GB/s, all within a 122 TDP envelope.

Nvidia's Quadro K5000 offers two dual-link DVI display and Displayports outputs with the option for stereoscopic 3D output. While Apple's Mac OS X doesn't use Microsoft's DirectX 11, as the Mac version of the Quadro K5000 is for the most part the same board as its PC counterpart it has DirectX 11 and more importantly OpenGL 3.21 support.

Much like Apple's Mac Pro, Nvidia's Quadro K5000 isn't what many would call cheap. The firm has priced the board at $2,250 and said Apple resellers will have their hands on boards later this year, with PNY, Elsa and Leadtek being regional board partners. µ


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