NVIDIA Releases "G80" Derived Quadros
Anh Tuan Huynh
March 5, 2007 7:24 PM
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Say hello to the new Quadro FX 4600 and Quadro FX 5600
NVIDIA today released
three new Quadro products
Quadro FX 4600, Quadro FX 5600
and Quadro Plex VCS Model IV. The new Quadro FX 4600 and Quadro FX 5600 feature NVIDIA
-derived graphics processors
tweaked for CAD/CAM and visualization applications.
-derived graphics processor, the new Quadro FX 4600 and Quadro FX 5600 have 128-unified shader units. The new Quadros are also compatible with
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
. 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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RE: games be runnin fine
3/7/2007 1:59:14 AM
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.
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