NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000

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The NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000
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By: Dave Altavilla
September 10, 2003


A Closer Look At The NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000
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The Quadro FX 3000 is a beast of a card, sporting a serious cooling package on both the back and front sides of the PCB.  The heat sink is very similar to NVIDIA's reference design on the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra.  The turbine fan design on this card, thankfully is as quiet as well.  The fan actually runs at about half speed while idle, running just in a desktop environment.  However, fire up a 3D design application and the fan kicks up a notch or two, creating an audible but completely tolerable low level whine.  If you've heard a stock GeForce FX 5900 fan, it sounds much the same.

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Dual DVI

Heat Sink

External Power


Dual Silicon Image "PanelLink DVI" Transmitters provide the interfaces off the front side of the card, along with a stereo connector for stereoscopic 3D glasses.  High quality 3D Stereoscopic Shutter Eye Glass technology is sometimes used for adding depth and realism when displaying in certain CAD or DCC applications.  On the back end of the card, there is a 4-pin Molex type connector, for a required external power connection.  NVIDIA designs and manufactures these cards themselves, as they do with the other members of the Quadro FX line-up.  Speaking of the line-up, here's a quick take on that, from a recent briefing NVIDIA gave us on the entire product line.

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                                                                           Quadro FX 3000G

As you can see, there are a number of price points covered in the line-up and at the top is the Quadro FX 3000G (pictured to the right).  This is an enhanced version of the QFX3K, with a daughter card that sits on top of the board, mezzanine style.  This board provides such functionalities as "Framesynch" multi-system synchronization and "Genlock" for synchronization to an external source input.  The Framesynch connections are the sockets that look similar to Ethernet jacks.  These provide the ability to have multiple systems working on a single model and rendering contiguous pieces of it, for example, while displayed at the same time on a larger screen format.  The Genlock connector is the coaxial plug on the card.  However, we're looking at the standard version of the Quadro FX 3000 here for our test purposes, so that's what we'll be focusing on in this showcase.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000 Driver Suite
Unified Driver Architecture - Feature Rich And Stable

We've covered NVIDIA's driver control panels and features in our recent Quadro FX 2000 article, so we won't go to deeply into them here.  However, we'll present you with our standard control panel screen shot "nickel tour" and take it from there.

Driver Control Panels
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Clock Speed
Image Quality

Direct 3D


NV Rotate

With the exception of application specific OpenGL and Direct 3D driver optimization drop down selection boxes, NVIDIA's Pro Graphics drivers have the same look, feel and functionality as their consumer products.  These drivers are extremely stable and we didn't experience even the slightest hiccup in our testing on various i875 based Pentium 4 test beds.  Image quality settings are abundant in these drivers, just as they are in the consumer product.  However, users can enable various levels of Anti-Aliasing all the way up to 16X, while the consumer product tops out at 8X.  Anisotropic Filtering settings are available up to 8X as well.  Additionally, NV Rotate provides screen layout positioning for engineers that work in different horizontal or vertical formats.


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