SHINY PIXEL SPECIALIST Nvidia has revealed its latest graphics card, the Quadro M2000, aimed at creative buffs who love having loads of screens on their desks.
The M2000 is a smaller sibling to Nvidia’s Quadro range, which includes the M6000 GPU monster with its 24GB of memory, but still offers a fair wallop of graphics processing power on tap.
The card is built on top of Nvidia’s Maxwell architecture and has 4GB of RAM with a 128-bit memory interface that allows a memory bandwidth of up to 106GBps. This memory is paired with 768 Nvidia CUDA cores which allows the GPU to push pixels to four true 4K resolution displays.
This means that creative professionals who like to channel their inner Neo can run four screens at resolutions of 4096x2160 with a comfortable refresh rate of 60Hz.
Support for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) encode and decode engines allows the GPU to flex its muscles in the creation and playback of HEVC video, graphics and other digital shiny stuff, Nvidia said.
The M2000 also supports a suite of APIs ranging from usual suspects DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.5 to Shader Model 5.0 and the Vulkan 1.0 API. This should help developers create applications that can tap into the power of GPUs more effectively without causing CPUs to break into a sweat. The M2000 is on sale today and will set users back by £529.
Hopefully this tech will lead to graphic designers creating some pretty impressive visual effects for films, apps and whatever series HBO fancies throwing a stack of cash at next.
Nvidia is no slouch when it comes to providing powerful tools for creative professionals, when it's not making in-car supercomputers.
The company recently launched its VR Ready hardware and software programme designed to give developers the kit they need to create virtual reality apps for professional use. µ
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