NVIDIA Delivers New Quadro GPUs, SLI Multi-OS

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 is NVIDIA 's ability to really span the gamut in terms of pricing. The new crew includes an option below the $100 price point (the Quadro NVS 295) as well as a model ringing up at a staggering $3,299 (the 4GB Quadro FX 5800). All of the NVIDIA Quadro solutions are widely available through leading system manufacturers such as Dell, Fujistu-Siemens, HP and Lenovo along with workstation system integrators and channel partners such as PNY, Leaktek and Elsa; details on the new lineup are below:

  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 – the industry’s first and only 4GB, ultra high-end solution delivers the highest visualization performance and capabilities, enabling professionals to work with large-scale models and datasets.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 – ultra high-end solution provides professionals with the most complete toolset to dramatically push the boundaries of realism, performance, and quality.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800 – single slot solution with a robust feature set and added capabilities such as SLI Multi-OS and SDI support to enable a no-compromise, high-performance, interactive visualization experience.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800 – mid-range solution offers the best price performance for workstation graphics and provides the optimal blend of quality, precision, performance, and programmability.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 580 – best-in-class entry-level solution boosts productivity for a variety of industry-leading volume CAD and digital content applications.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 380 – an affordable professional-class graphics solution extends energy efficiency while delivering 50-percent faster performance.
  • The Quadro NVS 295 – capable of supporting up to two 30-inch digital displays at maximum resolutions, taking business graphics to a new level visual perfection.

Additionally, NVIDIA is simultaneously announcing its SLI Multi-OS, which is explained as a "ground-breaking technology that enables, for the first time, 3D workstation virtualization on the Quadro GPU." Specifically, this development allows applications and users to optimize productivity and costs through the use of multiple Quadro GPU technologies from a single workstation in a virtualized environment. In layman's terms, this means that for the first time ever, pro users can tap into multiple Quadro GPUs within a single workstation (so long as it runs Windows XP, Windows Vista or Linux) in a virtualized environment.

As NVIDIA states: "Built into the new Quadro FX 3800, Quadro FX 4800, and Quadro FX 5800, SLI Multi-OS allows users to tap into the advanced visualization and compute capabilities of the Quadro GPUs to experience full graphics performance within a virtualized system. SLI Multi-OS works in association with Parallels Workstation Extreme virtualization software and Intel’s VT-d technology, assigning both the host and guest virtual machine its own dedicated GPU."

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