NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 Architecture Now Available

NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 Architecture Now Available

NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 Architecture Now Available Top-to-Bottom

Powerful GPU Architecture Enables Breakthrough Capabilities from Ultra-High-End 3D to Professional 2D Segments

SANTA CLARA, CA—September 12, 2007—Earlier this year, NVIDIA unveiled its record-setting NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 and Quadro FX 4600 professional graphics boards based on an industry-changing unified architecture that delivers high-performance processing, support for Shader Model 4.0, NVIDIA GPU computing, and other breakthrough features. Today, the company extended the family, with the launch of new mid-range and entry-level 2D and 3D Quadro boards for professionals in the CAD/CAM, DCC, medical imaging, digital video and financial sectors. The new Quadro professional graphics also redefine the price/performance dynamic for professional graphics—from the Quadro FX 370, available for the unprecedented entry price of $129 MSRP to the Quadro FX 1700, with an MSRP of $699. These new boards have the capabilities required to visualize the latest generation of complex 2D, video and 3D content. Now there is a Quadro solution for many types of users, projects and budgets.

The NVIDIA Quadro professional series now includes:

 

Market
Name
Frame Buffer Size
Price (MSRP)
Entry-Level 3D
Quadro FX 370
256MB
$129
Professional 2D
Quadro NVS 290
256MB
$149
 
Quadro FX 570
256MB
$199
Mid-Range 3D
Quadro FX 1700
512MB
$699

 

"NVIDIA breathed new life into the upper end of the professional graphics market, and now they’re pushing in the other direction with the Quadro FX 370—driving current generation GPU technology to a very aggressive sub $150 price point—and this focus should be rewarded once more," said Jon Peddie, principal, Jon Peddie Research. "There are a lot of budget conscious professionals out there who may have opted for consumer-class graphics in the past, but will now take the step to the promise of better performance and reliability of ISV-certified Quadro FX hardware."..

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I have a Quadro FX 3450/4000 in my work machine and, frankly, it sucks. I haven't run any benchmarks on it, but it just performs poorly in normal desktop operations as compared to my ATI 1950 XT at home. Worst of all, when I turn my widescreen monitor on its side for reading long documents and dealing with excel spreadsheets, it slows down tremendously. Simply opening a right-click menu becomes an arduous task, and scrolling in windows slows to a crawl.

I need to read up on the difference between "professional" and consumer graphics cards, but so far I see no benefit whatsoever for professionals.

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