NVIDIA QuadroFX 4800 1.5 GB Workstation Graphics Card - HotHardware

NVIDIA QuadroFX 4800 1.5 GB Workstation Graphics Card

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Specifications

Before we look at this card specifically, we wanted to run through some of the specification and compare them to the newly launched FirePro V8700 card as long with its bigger brother, the QuadroFX 5800.



ATI FirePro V8700

  • ATI RV770 Graphics Processor
  • 55nm Manufacturing Process
  • 750 MHz GPU Clock Speed
  • 800 Stream Processors
  • Shader Model 4.1 (DX 10.1) and OpenGL 2.1
  • 1 GB of GDDR-5 Memory
  • 850 MHz GDDR-5 Clock Speed
  • 256-bit Memory Controller
  • 108 GB/s Memory Bandwidth
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16 Connector
  • Dual Slot Copper Cooling System
  • Standard Length Card (EATX Not Required)
  • 2 x DisplayPort, 1 x DL-DVI Outputs
  • Stereoscopic Output
  • Genlock/Framelock Compatible
  • Crossfire 2.0 Multi-GPU Connector
  • Supports Windows XP/Vista x32/x64-bit, Linux x32/x64, Solaris
  • MSRP : $1,499 USD


NVIDIA QuadroFX 4800

  • NVIDIA GT200 Graphics Processor
  • 65nm Manufacturing Process
  • 602 MHz GPU Clock Speed
  • 192 Stream Processors
  • Shader Model 4.0 (DX 10) and OpenGL 3.0
  • 1.5 GB of GDDR-3 Memory
  • 800 MHz GDDR-3 Clock Speed
  • 384-bit Memory Controller
  • 76 GB/s Memory Bandwidth
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16 Connector
  • Dual Slot Copper Cooling System
  • Standard Length Card (EATX Not Required)
  • 2 x DisplayPort, 1 x DL-DVI Outputs
  • Stereoscopic Output
  • Genlock/Framelock Compatible
  • 2-Way NVIDIA SLI Multi-GPU Connector
  • Supports Windows XP/Vista x32/x64-bit, Linux x32/x64, Solaris
  • MSRP : $1,999 USD


NVIDIA QuadroFX 5800

  • NVIDIA GT200 Graphics Processor
  • 65nm Manufacturing Process
  • Unknown GPU Clock Speed
  • 240 Stream Processors
  • Shader Model 4.0 (DirectX 10) and OpenGL 3.0
  • 4 GB of GDDR-3 Memory
  • 800 MHz GDDR-3 Clock Speed
  • 512-bit Memory Controller
  • 102 GB/s Memory Bandwidth
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16 Connector
  • Dual Slot Copper Cooling System
  • Standard Length Card (EATX Not Required)
  • 2 x DisplayPort, 1 x DL-DVI Outputs
  • Stereoscopic Output
  • Genlock/Framelock Compatible
  • 2-Way NVIDIA SLI Multi-GPU Connector
  • Supports Windows XP/Vista x32/x64-bit, Linux x32/x64, Solaris
  • MSRP : $3,499 USD

For those who cannot tell by looking at the specification differences between the QuadroFX 4800 and QuadroFX 5800, what we're basically dealing with here are the Quadro versions of the GeForce GTX 260 and 280 series, somewhat beefed up for the workstation market. These variants are equipped with huge frame buffers, native DisplayPort options, Stereo output support, and support for Genlock/Framelock. ATI's FirePro V8700 follows that same strategy, using their RV770 GPU used in the Radeon HD4870 series and re-equipping it for the pro market.

While the "upgrades" to the GeForce GTX 260 design to make the move over to the Quadro series are certainly positive all across the board, there is one thing to note. The QuadroFX 4800 is using NVIDIA's 192-shader core variant of the GT200 GPU, whereas the GTX 260 is now shipping with a 216-shader core variant. Effectively, this makes the QuadroFX 4800 the slowest member of the GT200 family to ship thus far - however, we're dealing with very solid architecture already, so performance wise, we're not worried about this card not delivering. It will--how much versus the ATI FirePro V8700 is yet to be seen, however.

Also worth noting - the new QuadroFX series cards officially support OpenGL 3.0, whereas ATI's new lineup still only states OpenGL 2.1 support.

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