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NVIDIA completely revamps its professional GPU line

NVIDIA makes graphics cards and GPUs that are aimed at two broad categories of users groups -- the professional user and the consumer. Among the offerings for the consumer are the mainstream basic GPUs up to the flagship gamer oriented parts. The company is big in graphics for professionals like CAD and graphics design users as well.

NVIDIA announced today that it has added a new line of professional graphics cards to its Quadro series. The new series of cards runs from the high-end FX 5800 to the entry-level Quadro NVS 295 capable of supporting dual 30-inch LCDs at high resolutions.

NVIDIA's Dan Vivoli said in a statement, "Our mission with Quadro is to help customers solve the world’s most challenging visual computing problems. We learn every day from them and are humbled by their brilliance. The new lineup, with the flagship Quadro FX 5800, sets the stage for the next ten years of innovation."

The new line includes the FX5800, FX 4800, FX 3800, FX 1800, FX 580, FX 380, and Quadro NVS 295. The FX5800 is the industry's first 4GB solution for professionals working with large data sets. NVIDIA also claims that the low-end FX 380 is an affordable professional class video card that still offers up to 50% greater performance than the previous generation Quadro entry-level product.

The new line of Quadro video cards is available now through system makers including Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

Along with the new Quadro video cards, NVIDIA has also announced a new SLI Multi-OS that allows users to take advantage of multiple Quadro GPUs for the first time.

NVIDIA says that the new technology gives users a faster and more efficient workflow to maximize productivity as well as lower the total cost of ownership in pro markets like digital content creating, sciences, manufacturing, and oil/gas exploration.

NVIDIA's Jeff Brown said in a statement, "In today’s economy, organizations are turning to virtualization to increase productivity and maximize cost savings. Now professionals working with visualization applications can benefit from virtualization."

The Multi-OS is built into the FX 3800, FX 4800, and FX 5800 Quadro GPUs. The technology works in association with Parallels Workstation Extreme virtualization software and Intel VT-d technology to allow both the host and guest virtual machine to each have their own dedicated GPU.

NVIDIA is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Intel over a license agreement allowing NVIDIA to build chipsets for current generation integrated memory controller processors.



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By Amiga500 on 3/30/2009 2:42:33 PM , Rating: 2
ATI has been beating Nvidia senseless in price:performance in the professional market lately.

What kinda prices does this new stuff come in at?




By therealnickdanger on 3/30/2009 3:15:23 PM , Rating: 2
Meh. It's all about soft-modding. Why spend Quadro-uple for a product you can make yourself?


By theapparition on 3/30/2009 3:42:24 PM , Rating: 2
That worked great in the Geforce2/Quadro2 days. Now, softmoding does nothing except make the card unstable.

They actually use different silicon for both the Geforce and Quadro line now.


By therealnickdanger on 3/31/2009 8:48:43 AM , Rating: 2
Eh? I know it still works just fine for the 8800GTX, as I have personally converted one for my dad's workstation and it damn-near doubled his Lightwave rendering speed. I've also got a 7950GT running soft-quadro'd without issue.

I'm pretty sure they aren't using different silicon for the new Quads, it's just that the regular software hacks haven't been updated (i.e.: RivaTuner's NVstrap doesn't support them). You can still OC and unlock some features using RT, but they haven't coded in the ability to align it with a Quadro yet.

While it's true that the performance doesn't match the "official" Quadros, overclocking helps a bit with that, and I've never experienced any bugs or instability. I think you should look into the soft-mod scene again. I know you can mod ATI 3000-series cards as well - not sure about 4000-series yet, but I haven't really looked.


By wifiwolf on 3/31/2009 11:26:48 AM , Rating: 2
The only reason I can think of to not soft-mod is because it's illegal. You should only be able to use that software if you bought it. When you buy these cards you're buying better drivers, better support and you're staying legal. Companies have to meet these requirements. So they prefer to pay for it big because whem something goes wrong, they have someone paying big for what's wrong.


By theapparition on 3/31/2009 10:30:03 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
While it's true that the performance doesn't match the "official" Quadros

Then what's the point? Yes, I've seen that by hacking the ID, enabling Quadro drivers to be installed (that's all NVstrap really does) does increase performance. But it's no where near the performance of a "real" Quadro card.

Personally, I've had many instabilities and quirky behaviour in the past trying to soft-mod. Like opening several OpenGL windows and the second one becomes unresponsive until the first one is shut down, funky renderings, etc.

And you have to wonder why the performance doesn't equal a true quadro. Because the silicon is different. Perhaps it is reminiscent of the 486SX days, when a fully functional co-processor was physically disabled inside package. I don't know, but I do know it is different and no matter what hacks, it's never going to equal a Quadro and you have to deal with potential anomalies. That's just the risk you take with modding.

Back to what's the point? You can easily say cost, and that's fine if it's just you. But I have a company to run, and having the best and most stable hardware ALWAYS trumps cost. In business speak, the ROI of the real quadro cards is definately worth it.


By someguy123 on 4/1/2009 2:23:02 AM , Rating: 2
well there's the reason, you have an 8800/7950.

softmod does not work on the G92/GT200 cards, or at least the original method does not work.


By someguy123 on 3/30/2009 6:34:06 PM , Rating: 2
Because soft-modding doesn't work like it used to.


Price?
By Yaron on 3/30/2009 8:56:38 PM , Rating: 2
I don't even want to think how much the FX5800 will cost...




RE: Price?
By StevoLincolnite on 3/31/2009 8:01:24 AM , Rating: 2
I want to know why they keep using the "FX" Denominator for the Quadro's ~ The Desktop FX Line left a bad taste in most peoples mouths...


RE: Price?
By grath on 3/31/2009 8:23:19 PM , Rating: 2
I think the market is separate enough that someone making a decision to buy a $2000 professional level card would not be swayed by by the reputation of a consumer card from six years and six generations ago. The FX prefix has established brand recognition in the professional market and theres no good reason to stop using it.


RE: Price?
By cherrycoke on 4/1/2009 7:39:18 PM , Rating: 2
Well unless it has changed the current card is around $3000.00, am I right they are just adding to this line with the additional cards or has something changed with the FX5800 as well?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?
Item=N82E16814133253


WORST. NAME. EVER.
By oTAL on 3/31/2009 9:45:25 AM , Rating: 2
Why would nvidia want to bring back memories of the worst high end card they ever launched? People were starting to forget...

Anyway, this is for the professional market and I doubt the lousy name will affect its sales.

However, a clever (dishonest) chap could make some money on ebay selling old Geforces FX 5800 to unsuspecting victims... =P




RE: WORST. NAME. EVER.
By cherrycoke on 4/1/2009 8:58:37 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think it will affect too many people/businesses. Most people shopping for graphics cards can easily tell the difference. Ebay might be a snare for people, I was confused for a moment when I searched for Quadro FX5800 on youtube and it brought up a bunch of Geforce videos. It took me a sec to see what happened.


Exiting times
By modus2 on 3/31/2009 4:50:52 PM , Rating: 2
We must live in exiting times indeed;

NVIDIA's Dan Vivoli said in a statement, "Our mission with Quadro is to help customers solve the world’s most challenging visual computing problems. We learn every day from them and are humbled by their brilliance. The new lineup, with the flagship Quadro FX 5800, sets the stage for the next ten years of innovation ."

and from http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=14718 ;

Intel's Patrick Gelsinger said in a statement, "The Intel Xeon processor 5500 series is the foundation for the next decade of innovation . These chips showcase groundbreaking advances in performance, virtualization, and workload management, which will create opportunities to solve the world's most complex challenges and push the limits of science and technology."

Two such clearly groundbreaking announcements within two hours!! or it might be marketing exaggerating as usual.




RE: Exiting times
By cherrycoke on 4/1/2009 9:07:35 PM , Rating: 2
Entering times maybe... not sure about exiting.

Could be exciting though


off-topic
By Murloc on 3/30/2009 4:58:10 PM , Rating: 2
NVIDIA is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Intel over a license agreement allowing NVIDIA to build chipsets for current generation integrated memory controller processors.

this is off-topic, mods have to close this topic.

/joking




Photoshop CS4 and Badaboom
By flurazepam on 4/1/2009 1:35:28 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
...announced a new SLI Multi-OS that allows users to take advantage of multiple Quadro GPUs for the first time.


I understand that this os is for virtualized graphics workstations, however, hopefully this would entice nVidia to make drivers that would allow a) Photoshop CS4 to use SLi (because right now you have to disable SLi to get graphics card acceleration) and b) increase the speed of the Badaboom app to use multiple GPU's.




Quardo
By CK804 on 3/30/09, Rating: -1
RE: Quardo
By cpeter38 on 3/30/2009 2:28:31 PM , Rating: 5
It is much easier and friendlier to send an e-mail directly to the author - grammar comments just clutter things up after the correction has been ...


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