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Nvidia doubles performance of Quadro GPUs in line-up refresh

Also allows users to work on more complex models remotely on mobile devices
Wed Aug 13 2014, 14:40

NVIDIA has unveiled its next generation line of Quadro professional GPUs aimed at offering better graphics performance for designers, artists and scientists.

The idea behind the new Quadro GPUs is to not only to increase performance but also to enable users to work with more complex models and higher-resolution images, with access to work remotely on mobile devices.

NVIDIA Quadro K5200

The updated Quadro range consists of the K5200, K4200, K2200, K620 and K420, all of which Nvidia said will "deliver an enterprise-grade visual computing platform with up to twice the application performance and data-handling capability of the previous generation".

Nvidia's refreshed professional graphics range lets users remotely interact with applications from a Quadro-based workstation from any device, including PCs, Macs and tablets, the firm said, as well as running major applications such as Adobe CC, Autodesk Design Suite and Dassault Systèmes Solidworks 2014 40 percent faster than with previous Quadro cards.

"The next generation of Quadro GPUs not only dramatically increases graphics and compute performance to handle huge data sets, [but] It extends the concept of visual computing from a graphics card in a workstation to a connected environment," said Nvidia VP of professional visualisation Jeff Brown.

"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 range increases in price depending on feature set. The budget K420 will retail for £109, the K620 for £159, K2200 for £419, K4200 for £799 and the most powerful K5200 for £1,759 when they ship at the beginning of autumn. They will be available from Nvidia workstation OEMs, including HP, Dell, Lenovo and other major workstation providers, from systems integrators and authorised distribution partners, Nvidia said.

Nvidia's announcement comes just days after AMD rolled out its updated Firepro professional graphics cards aimed at workstation users in the CAD and engineering disciplines.

Claiming to offer "at least doubled memory" over predecessors, the updated Firepro range introduced the AMD Firepro W2100, W4100, W5100, and W7100 professional graphics cards with the AMD Graphics Core Next architecture (GCN) architecture. µ 


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