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An external Quadro with a ton of processing power

NVIDIA has released its Quadro Plex 1000 Visual Computing System (VCS) at SIGGRAPH 2006. Powered by NVIDIA SLI and Quadro graphics technology the Quadro Plex 1000 is designed with advanced visualization capabilities such as 4K high-definition video, 3D styling and design, scientific and medical visualization, oil and gas exploration and visual simulation and training in mind.

The Quadro Plex 1000 is available in a 3U rackmount or desktop configurations. Performance capabilities of Quadro Plex 1000 systems is rated for up to 80-billion pixels/sec, seven billion vertices/sec, resolutions up to 148 megapixels on 16 synchronized digital output channels and eight HD SDI channels. Three models of varying performance capabilities are available—Model I, Model II and Model III.

Model I and Model II Quadro Plex 1000 systems are similar in specifications with two Quadro FX 5500 graphics cards in SLI, 1GB video memory per graphics card, 4 dual-link DVI, Genlock/framelock compatibility and 32x SLI FSAA. Model I can accept an optional NVIDIA Quadro G-Sync module and supports Frame Synchronization while Model II has an optional NVIDIA Quadro SDI module and HD SDI support. Model II is a behemoth with two NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 X2s and 512MB of graphics memory per GPU. Eight dual-link DVI outputs, Genlock/framelock, Frame Synchronization and 64x SLI FSAA are also supported. It will also accept an optional NVIDIA Quadro G-Sync module too.

NVIDIA partners such as Google have plenty of good things to say about the new NVIDIA Visual Computing Systems; “Seeing the new NVIDIA Quadro Plex running Google Earth is an astounding visual experience," said Michael Jones, chief technologist, Google Earth, Maps and Local. "This extreme level of performance and resolution takes the viewer from visual simulation to emotional reality, showing the Earth in its full detail and glory. Google Earth and the NVIDIA Quadro Plex are a perfect pair—powering a new world of imagination.”

Quadro Plex 1000 Visual Computing Systems are compatible with x86 and x86-64 systems with Intel and AMD processors. Windows and Linux operating systems are supported. The Visual Computing Systems connect to systems using a PCI Express x16 interface with a 2M NVIDIA Quadro Plex Interconnect Cable. A 520 watt power supply provides power to Quadro Plex 1000 Visual Computing Systems. NVIDIA rates acoustic performance on Quadro Plex 1000 Visual Computing Systems at 40 decibels.

Pricing for Quadro Plex 1000 Visual Computing Systems start at $17,500.

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RE: One for gaming
By Mojo the Monkey on 8/1/2006 10:29:00 PM , Rating: 0
.. you current computer screen can even handle past 1600x1200 .... please, think before posting

mighty poor grammar for a flame-type response to some poster asking an innocent question. Why not use your energy informing someone, who obviously is trying to understand, why these machines are different.

To answer your question, I suppose it would be possible to make this into a gaming solution, but one would have to make serveral new drivers/conversions. The level of knowledge required to alter the board in this thing would mean Nvidia would have to do it themselved.

Honestly, there really isnt a market for it - so I would say its not likely to ever happen. It would be just too expensive. Quad 7950 sli can handle anything you can throw at it right now on a 24" too, so there really isnt a practical use yet either.

RE: One for gaming
By RMTimeKill on 8/2/2006 2:13:45 PM , Rating: 2
In the gaming sector, yea, deffinitly no market, but this is a good thing for Pixar type companies, they should gobble this up!!

And to the guy who says your computer screen can't handle past 1600x1200... what weak, lame old screen burned CRT are you using??? not to flame, but that was just an ignorant comment...

RE: One for gaming
By Burning Bridges on 8/2/2006 3:48:32 PM , Rating: 2
Just posting to laugh at you for flaming the grammer of the flamer of the original poster



RE: One for gaming
By Seymourbbuts on 8/6/2006 4:12:43 PM , Rating: 2
There is a difference between bad grammer and typing errors.

RE: One for gaming
By crazydrummer4562 on 8/3/2006 12:09:15 AM , Rating: 2
I think it would be awesome if they could get manufacturers to agree to some kind of port integration on their boards. Think about it, you could move it from computer to computer and if you throw a modest PPU in there you could turn very modest rigs into game capable ones.

RE: One for gaming
By Seymourbbuts on 8/6/2006 4:16:14 PM , Rating: 2
I think he means so you can have Quad-SLI but with only one expansion slot being used. It would be good for those who have SFF computers.

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