NVIDIA Supercharges Mobile Workstations With New High Octane Maxwell-Based Quadro GPUs for Laptops

NVIDIA today launched a new batch of mobile Quadro GPUs for professionals who need desktop-class power while out in the field. There are six new Quadro parts in all, including the M5000M, M4000M, M3000M, M2000M, M1000M, and M600M, all of which are based on NVIDIA's mighty Maxwell architecture.

According to NVIDIA, these new GPUs are up to twice as fast and energy efficient as their Kepler-based predecessors. Mobile workstations that use them pack nearly the same performance punch as desktop workstations, which means professionals can plow through the same complex and resource-intensive applications out in the field as they do back in the lab.

NVIDIA Quadro Mobile M5000M

The flagship part in the new lineup is the Quadro M5000M. It has 1,536 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR5 memory pushing data through a 256-bit bus, resulting in 160GB/s of memory bandwidth. Power consumption is rated at 100W, the highest of the bunch along with the Quadro M4000M. On the opposite end of the performance spectrum, the Quadro M600M consumers just 30W.

Here's a look at how all six GPUs compare:

NVIDIA Quadro Mobile Chart
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"Over six years of testing goes into ensuring the reliability and performance of Quadro GPUs and their drivers. They’re already certified for more than 100 applications, ensuring compatibility with Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk and many others," NVIDIA says.

The new GPUs also accelerate NVIDIA Iray, the company's physically based rendering technology, twice as fast as the previous generation. According to NVIDIA, this makes creating photorealistic renderings a cinch.

Several OEM partners have already lined up to use the new Quadro parts in forthcoming mobile workstation models. Several of them will launch by the end of the year, including ones from Dell, HP, and Lenovo.