NVIDIA Unveils New Quadro Line of Professional GPUs

NVIDIA has unveiled its new line of Quadro GPUs for professional use. The Quadro line consists of five GPUs – the K5200, K4200, K2200, K620, and K420 that targets designers, artists, and scientists in the professional field.

“The next generation of Quadro GPUs not only dramatically increases graphics and compute performance to handle huge data set,” said NVIDIA vice president of professional visualization. “It extends the concept of visual computing from a graphics card in a workstation to a connected environment. The new Quadro lineup lets users interact with their designs or data locally on a workstation, remotely on a mobile device, or in tandem with cloud-based services.”

On the low end of the new GPUs, the K420 features 192 CUDA cores, 1GB of DDR5 RAM, and has a memory bandwidth of 29GB/s with the K620 having 384 CUDA cores, 2GB RAM but has the same amount of memory bandwidth as the K420. For the middle of the spectrum, the K2200 has 640 CUDA cores, 4GB RAM, and 80GB/s. For those needing more out of the Quadro line, then there is the K4200 with 1,344 CUDA cores, 4GB RAM, and 172 GB/s while the K5200 tops the entire line with 2,304 CUDA cores, 8GB RAM, and 192 GB/s.

NVIDIA states that the new Quadro GPUs can interact with data sets or designs up to twice the size when compared to previous generations and can run over 100 professional applications that includes Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk Design Suite, and Avid Media Composer. According to NVIDIA, users will also be able to remotely interact with graphics from a Quadro-based workstation from PCs, Macs, and tablets. Those who use NVIDIA’s Iray rendering will also be able to switch from local GPU rendering to cloud-based offerings.

The NVIDIA lineup of Quadro GPUs are expected to ship this fall. However, no prices were provided for the new hardware.