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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