Nvidia has revealed its next generation of Quadro GPUs aimed at designers, artists and scientists.
The new graphics cards – the K5200, K4200, K2200, K620 and K420 – deliver an enterprise-grade visual computing platform with ‘up to twice the application performance and data-handling capability’ of the previous generation.
Pricing will remain the same as the previous line-up and is as follows: £109 (K420), £159 (K620), £419 (K2200), £799 (K4200) and £1,759 (K5200).
The Quadro line-up will ship beginning this autumn from Nvidia workstation OEMs, including HP, Dell, Lenovo and more, as well as from systems integrators including BOXX Technologies and Supermicro, and from authorised distribution/vendor partners including PNY Technologies.
The Quadro GPUs let users remotely interact with graphics applications from a Quadro-based workstation from almost any device, including PCs, Macs and tablets. They can run major applications such as Adobe CC, Autodesk Design Suite and Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS 2014 – on average 40 per cent faster than with previous Quadro cards. And they allow users to switch from local GPU rendering to cloud-based offerings using NVIDIA Iray rendering.
Quadro GPUs also accelerate more than 100 CUDA architecture, DirectX, OpenCL and OpenGL applications.
Nvidia boasts that during the past six years running, every film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects was made with Quadro technology, plus Quadro is used by ‘essentially every automotive designer’ worldwide.
“The next generation of Quadro GPUs not only dramatically increases graphics and compute performance to handle huge data sets. It extends the concept of visual computing from a graphics card in a workstation to a connected environment,” said Jeff Brown, vice president of Professional Visualisation at Nvidia.
“The new Quadro line-up lets users interact with their designs or data locally on a workstation, remotely on a mobile device or in tandem with cloud-based services.”