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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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By Scabies on 8/2/2006 2:10:01 AM , Rating: 2
"Connecting with a 2m nVidia Quadro Plex Interconnect Cable," which spouts out the back of your main case where the interconnect thing is plugged into a PCIe x16 slot.
Therefore, Holy Damn, one (hypothetically) could get two of these mugs in mobo SLI (while each one is SLIed by itself) with the appropriate driver support.
Is this what the external video card hubbub was all about? Cause I would love to see one of these with empty innards to plug in whatever card you like (read "can afford")




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By Scabies on 8/2/2006 2:17:30 AM , Rating: 2
*checks NVIDIA site*
damn, these have all kinds of weird ports on the back. Model 1 has what appears to be four DVI ports, two SVIDEO ports, and two LAN ports, and I cant tell but it looks like a knob?
Model II has double Model I. Eight DVIs, four SVIDEOs, and four LANs. I'm going to stop, since Model III has stuff I cant even name.

There's a little disclaimer at the bottom:
"maximum # of Quadro Plex per host = 2"

So, there's our quad SLI Quadro. pun.
Yeilding eight GPUs when having two of either the Model II or the model III.
shxt. I'm going to bed.


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By Tyler 86 on 8/2/2006 4:22:43 AM , Rating: 2
Those LAN ports are used for some kind of synchronization between graphics cards; genlock, framelock, or whatever they call it...

I don't think if you can 'SLI' 2 of these boxes with any current drivers... but it isn't impossible...


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By Tyler 86 on 8/2/2006 4:27:15 AM , Rating: 2
Er, I don't know, maybe they are LAN ports, I'm not digging any more into that.. they are probably Ethernet/RJ45 jacks of some kind, whether or not they're actually used for networking I'm unsure, as I have seen other Quadro cards, and their 'network' ports are for something else.

The 'knob' is a CATV/Coaxial connector of some kind...


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By Tyler 86 on 8/2/2006 4:29:53 AM , Rating: 2
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By Tyler 86 on 8/2/2006 4:32:36 AM , Rating: 2
Wrong link, my bad.. lost it.. arg, was supposed to be a pdf, that's an swf...


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By Tyler 86 on 8/2/2006 4:45:12 AM , Rating: 2
wtf, I can't find it on nvidia's website anymore, but I swear to god it was like right there, I copied the link, then I copied that swf's page link to send in an instant msg and forgot....

I just googled for some words I read in it, and got this...

http://www.cs.unc.edu/Research/stc/FAQs/nVidia/Fra...
Why isn't this on nvidia's website? Anyway, go to page 3... you'll see something familiar.


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By Tyler 86 on 8/2/2006 5:23:05 AM , Rating: 2
*cough* upon review, my bad, page 4...


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By PhantomKnight on 8/2/2006 9:13:55 AM , Rating: 2
I think the LAN ports (if they are in fact LAN ports) are for the abillity of like 3DS Max to offload rendering work to a\multiple computers on the same network. I'd imagine that this external box works in a simialr but more powerful way, this'd be like the quick PnP feature everyone wants.


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By Suomynona on 8/2/2006 4:29:54 AM , Rating: 2
All those funny ports are the "options" listed on the model comparison page: either sync or SDI outputs.

and they clearly say on the Requirements page that you can SLI the boxes:
PCI Express® x16 slot (up to 2 NVIDIA Quadro Plex per SLI certified system)


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By Tyler 86 on 8/2/2006 4:34:04 AM , Rating: 3
It doesn't say you can SLI the boxes, only that you can use 2 of them...

That could simply mean you have effectively 2 graphics cards, each of them as one of those boxes with 2/4 GPUs...


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By defter on 8/2/2006 5:49:57 AM , Rating: 2
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It doesn't say you can SLI the boxes, only that you can use 2 of them...


The press release says:
"resolutions up to 148 megapixels"

That kind of resolution is only possible when two boxes are working together on a same image. Thus, SLI across boxes is possible.

FYI:
Dual link DVI max resolution: WQUXGA (3840 × 2400) @ 41 Hz => 9.216Mpix

Single type II box (8 dual link DVI outputs): 73.7Mpix
Dual type II boxes (16 dual link DVI outputs): 147.4Mpix

With two boxes you could easily drive 4x4 display wall (16 displays in total) consisting of Apple/Dell's 30" LCDs at full resolution :)


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By brshoemak on 8/2/2006 7:49:21 AM , Rating: 3
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With two boxes you could easily drive 4x4 display wall (16 displays in total) consisting of Apple/Dell's 30" LCDs at full resolution :)

With two boxes you could easily drive a new Lexus :)


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By Tyler 86 on 8/4/2006 8:14:25 AM , Rating: 2
I swear to god if this thing eats another of my posts...

Virtual dual head technology does not equal 'nVidia SLI'.

Each Optiplex... ah ****, I should have copied my last post...

Anyway, short and sweet, just because you can have 2 of these spitting out 16 DVI links full throttle to get a total 148Mp resolution does not have anything to do with SLI.

I agree SLI with any combination of videocards is possible - even "CrossLI" (combination of nVidia SLI & ATI Crossfire) is possible, but I don't think that they're supporting it upon delivery, or that they will support it any time soon.


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By Tyler 86 on 8/4/2006 8:22:56 AM , Rating: 2
Technicly, with the right software, recent desktop segment Radeon & GeForce cards can render images well over 148 megapixels... not with any feasible time constraint, mind you... and display them on a 148Mp dfp wall... It's tricky, oh so tricky, in the realm of possibility...

Heck, I could probably make my "old" Radeon 9800 Pro do it...

Should nVidia support SLIing these monsters, I will be both pleasantly supprised and mystified that someone actually found a use for a huge synchronized ultra-high resolution 16 flat-panel-display sized wall within a (virtually) singlular framebuffer...

Like that 'lost episode' of Dave Chapelle's show where he cuts off a freshly hatched T-Rex's head, simply because it's the most 'baller' thing he could possibly do...

... and while he's at it, he sprinkled diamonds on his food to make his doo-doo twinkle...

No, no, nVidia just isn't that 'baller' yet.


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