Items tagged with Quadro

3D, like it or not, is big business. Not just big business, but huge business. The past 6 months have shown at the box office that people are willing to pay for 3D, particularly with blockbuster films that really take advantage of the effect. NVIDIA knows this quite well, and they have already seen that people are eager to bring 3D to their notebooks and desktops. The company's 3D Vision software/hardware has enabled 3D PC gaming to come to life, but stopping at the consumer realm wouldn't make too much business sense. So now, there's 3D Vision Pro. This is the next logical step in the evolution... Read more...
Not long ago, we reviewed the entire FirePro workstation graphics card lineup from ATI. With the V8800, our testing revealed considerable performance gains over the previous generation V8750, coupled with a lower price point. Surely, that's a combination that consumers can appreciate, especially for those looking to upgrade sooner, rather than later. But, at the time, the market was not yet settled as we anxiously awaited a response to ATI's FirePro products from NVIDIA. Thankfully, the wait is over as the launch of a new series of professional graphics cards from NVIDIA based on the company's... Read more...
Not long ago, we reviewed the entire FirePro workstation graphics card lineup from ATI. With the V8800, our testing revealed considerable performance gains over the previous generation V8750, coupled with a lower price point. Surely, that's a combination that consumers can appreciate, especially for those looking to upgrade sooner, rather than later. But, at the time, the market was not yet settled as we anxiously awaited a response to ATI's FirePro products from NVIDIA. Thankfully, the wait is over as the launch of a new series of professional graphics cards from NVIDIA based on the company's... Read more...
NAB 2010 has kicked off in Las Vegas, bringing the world's focus yet again on the 3D universe. NVIDIA has shown interest in the format before, with the company's 3D Vision technology enabling gamers to experience all sorts of new depth on all sorts of new gaming titles. But of course, just satisfying gamers who yearn for 3D isn't enough. Now, the company is getting into...broadcasting. An odd choice, it may seem, but actually, it makes sense. NVIDIA has had success in unusual ventures before, with their technology helping to map out oil and gas exploration when not being used to push pixels in... Read more...
Today we have a new Intel Xeon W3540-based Lenovo workstation – the ThinkStation S20 - on our bench for some testing. Some of you may be wondering what a “workstation” really is. Well, it’s a term more commonly used in a business environment, especially one in which CAD/CAM design, 3D rendering or high performance computing occurs, and it basically just refers to a higher-end desktop or laptop. In the environments we’ve worked in, we’ve heard workstations referred as high-end desktops or laptops, tech PCs, and technical workstations. In this context, workstations (at least the desktop variety)... Read more...
IBM has been a name synonymous with computers and technology for nearly 30 years. That point alone leaves little doubt as to why Lenovo moved to acquire IBM’s Personal Computing Division in 2004. When the acquisition was finalized in 2005, Lenovo instantly became a global PC leader. Over the past four years, Lenovo has worked hard to become a household name. With slick product lines, like the IdeaPad, ThinkPad and the IdeaCentre, that goal is gradually becoming a reality. One place where Lenovo probably hasn’t had to work quite as hard at making inroads, is the corporate environment. As IBM began... Read more...
NEW NVIDIA GPU-ACCELERATED PLUG-INS DRAMATICALLY BOOST PERFORMANCE FOR ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE 4 USERSWide Range of Plug-ins Offered at Discounted Pricing for NVIDIA Quadro Customers SANTA CLARA, CA-June 29, 2009- Professional videographers face continuous pressure to deliver high quality work under tight deadlines. To ease that burden and enable greater levels of creativity, NVIDIA today announced the availability of GPU-accelerated plug-in solutions for Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) users, optimized to run on a wide range of NVIDIA Quadro graphics solutions. NVIDIA is offering exclusive discounts... Read more...
Never mind that whole NVIDIA / Intel lawsuit thing that's going on in the background; the real NVIDIA news is right here. The company has today introduced a slew of new GPUs, obviously catering to the professional set but intriguing from a technology standpoint to the consumer. Described as the most powerful and advanced top-to-bottom line of Quadro professional GPU solutions in the company's history, the fresh range of Quadro FX cards aim to provide even more pixel-crushing power for industry pros that are "designing the next aircraft or delivering seven-day weather forecasts."Most impressive... Read more...
NVIDIA is betting that there is a market for Adobe CS accelerators, and their first foray into this area is what we're looking at today on HotHardware, the recently released Quadro CX. This is not a daughterboard or separate add-in which works with your standard graphics card, but rather this is a full-on, pro workstation graphics card which just happens to have a link with the Adobe CS suite through software for accelerating specific content types, similar to the Quadro FX for 3D content creation software. It's a new product segment which much of the market is still somewhat confused by, but NVIDIA... Read more...
Adobe, the software development powerhouse behind Photoshop, Premiere, and dozens of other content creation suites, has finally embraced the power of the GPU. Amazingly, until Adobe's CS4 suite of graphics software came out this year, the company which has nearly built their empire on graphics related software, relied entirely on the system's CPU for processing. Despite major advances in the performance and infrastructure which surrounds the GPU market, Adobe's software was never written to take advantage of the newer programmable hardware. No matter how fast of a graphics card you had,... Read more...
The Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds is a rather unique product, targeted squarely at mobile professionals who require the power, features, and performance of workstation-class machine on the go. We previously evaluated the standard ThinkPad W700 and praised the system for its performance and stand-out integrated features, like a Wacom Digitizer Tablet and X-Rite Color Calibrator. The ThinkPad W700ds takes all of the features offered by the W700 and ads a secondary, slide-out display, which increases monitor real-estate by 39%. The machine we received for evaluation was outfitted with 4GB of RAM, a 2.53GHz... Read more...
Two new cards were recently introduced in NVIDIA's Quadro FX lineup of professional workstation graphics cards. On the high-end, they have the Quadro FX 5800 card, which uses the same powerful GT200 architecture that powers the GeForce GTX 280, coupled with 4 GB of memory and a 512-bit memory interface. Of course, that beast costs $3,499, and it's going to be a tough sell in this economic climate, powerful as it may be. Perhaps the more reasonable solution is the card we're looking at today, the Quadro FX 4800, the Quadro FX 5800's little brother. The Quadro FX 4800 is a much more palatable high-end... Read more...
While NVIDIA has released a number of new graphics cards for the gaming market over the last year and a half, we have seen relatively few updates to their workstation lineup in that same timeframe. It's been since mid-2007 that we saw the last major performance update to the QuadroFX lineup with the launch of their flagship QuadroFX 5600. While the monstrous G80 GPU-based QuadroFX 5600 has no doubt had competition since its release, it's been able to effectively hold off competing ATI products to reign as the performance champ throughout this last year and a half or so. Early in 2008, NVIDIA released... Read more...
ATI has spent much of the last decade producing the FireGL line of high-end workstation graphics cards, regularly challenging and often times besting competing products from Nvidia's Quadro lineup. ATI's last generation of FireGL products, which we covered heavily, were excellent all around performers. Certainly not perfect, but definitely solid improvements over the generation of FireGL cards which preceded it. Now in late 2008, we're seeing ATI / AMD's first moves to eventually kill off the long-known FireGL brand. Its replacement? The ATI FirePro.ATI has yet to introduce top to bottom FirePro-class... Read more...
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