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Say hello to the new Quadro FX 4600 and Quadro FX 5600

NVIDIA today released three new Quadro products – the Quadro FX 4600, Quadro FX 5600 and Quadro Plex VCS Model IV. The new Quadro FX 4600 and Quadro FX 5600 feature NVIDIA G80-derived graphics processors tweaked for CAD/CAM and visualization applications.

With the G80-derived graphics processor, the new Quadro FX 4600 and Quadro FX 5600 have 128-unified shader units. The new Quadros are also compatible with CUDA technology too, NVIDIA’s answer to AMD’s Stream Computing technology. DirectX 10 compliance and support for shader model 4.0 are also feats of the new Quadros.

Differentiating the Quadro FX 4600 and Quadro FX 5600 is the amount of memory. The lower Quadro FX 4600 features 768MB of video memory – similar to NVIDIA’s GeForce 8800GTX. A whopping 1.5 GB of video memory is available on the Quadro FX 5600; besting ATI’s 1GB of graphics memory endowed FireGL V7350. Both Quadros have 384-bit memory interfaces though.

Although NVIDIA announced the Quadro Plex VCS Model IV at the same time as the Quadro FX 4600 and Quadro FX 5600, there are no details of the Quadro Plex VCS Model IV in the press release or Quadro Plex VCS product pages. However, expect the Quadro Plex VCS Model IV to feature the new Quadro FX 4600 or Quadro FX 5600 graphics processors.

NVIDIA prices the new Quadro FX 4600 at $1995 and the Quadro FX 5600 at $2999.

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games be runnin fine
By wetwareinterface on 3/6/2007 12:19:44 AM , Rating: 2
actually to clear up a few misconceptions...

the only differences are clock speed, extra ram, firmware i.d., and drivers.

the clock speeds are adjusted up or down depending on the model from the gaming version as needed. for workstation non-3d vis parts down. all others typically up.

the only difference in the firmware is the amount of ram listed and reported and the id being different than the gaming version. the firmware is not really any different than the gaming version other than the id which the drivers won't work with unless it's in a certain range. which brings us to our next part the drivers...

the drivers for the workstation cards are the same as the ones for the gaming cards only with the addition of the cuda features and 3dstudio max/autocad certified drivers. these additional drivers have the anti-aliased line code and are designed to accelerate the respective apps in what they each need. the cards themselves don't suffer at all from these additional drivers and in fact some workstation level cards in the past have benefited in performance in games because of the extra features in the cards handling tasks the cpu normaly does if present.

the workstation drivers are able to be "unlocked/hacked" to work on non-workstation gaming based cards due to the faking of the firmware recognition. hence the drivers for games are there with the workstation cards as well as identical hardware with the exception of a few extra resistors for the firmware to check against inside the gpu itself.

so in summary these would play games fine especially that 1.5 GB model, however for the money you could buy a quad cpu and quad gpu setup instead and get better performance...

RE: games be runnin fine
By theapparition on 3/6/2007 10:14:47 AM , Rating: 2
the workstation drivers are able to be "unlocked/hacked" to work on non-workstation gaming based cards due to the faking of the firmware recognition.

This worked up to the GeForce4 line with Nvstrap and Softquadro 4. Past that, the chips themselves are slightly different. The hardware AA lines and clip overlay hardware is not even present in the GeForce chips (according to Nvida), so it is impossible to turn them on using the firmware hack. I've seen a few hacks that allow the quadro drivers to install, but performance does not equal that of a real quadro, and they are buggy and often crash.

RE: games be runnin fine
By emboss on 3/7/2007 1:59:14 AM , Rating: 3
Close ... but it's the NV40 (6-series Geforce cards) that was the last that can be softquadro'd. So the best softquadro card you can get is a 6800 Ultra and turn it into a Quadro FX4000. Performance of the softquadro'd card is actually slightly higher than the real Quadro (in relevant apps like 3DSMax) due to slightly higher memory and core speeds. The only thing you lose are the dual-link DVI ports.

The 7- and 8-series Geforce cards (G70 and G80 respectively) can't at this point be softquadro'd or hardmodded to enable the additional features. NVidia has essentially locked the chips in the same way AMD/Intel do. There is no indication that the functionality has been physically removed from the die.

And indeed, if would be silly for NVidia to do so. The cost of having another die mask for Quadros would almost certainly be more than the cost of a few extra transistors on all the consumer chips.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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