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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 of the platform, and while it's catered to businesses, it's also going to be very useful for creative... 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 Fermi architecture has just arrived and we've got the high-end Quadro 6000 and Quadro 5000 cards in-house... 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 Fermi architecture has just arrived.    Three new models arrive today to bolster the... 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 the latest titles. Today, the company announced that their Quadro digital video pipeline would enable... 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) are frequently comprised of components you typically see in servers. In particular, the motherboards,... 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 phasing out its products, its business customers found a natural replacement in Lenovo, especially... 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 of up to 50 percent on plug-ins from Elemental Technologies, Boris FX, Red Giant Software and proDAD... 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 is NVIDIA 's ability to really span the gamut in terms of pricing. The new crew includes an option below... 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 has taken the first step towards accelerating significant portions of the Adobe CS4 software suite.... 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, nothing would make Adobe software run faster than higher clocked processors, more... 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 Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300, an NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M 1GB GPU, and dual Hitachi hard drives running... 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 solution, coupling together a GT200 graphics processor with 1.5 GB of memory and a price tag nearly... 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 the QuadroFX 3700 board priced at the more cost-conscious (only $1,700) high-end workstation... 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 products to replace the FireGL, but it's delivered the first four cards of many to come in the... Read more...
Although this is not a consumer qraphics platform, the coolness factor alone warrants a peek. Developed on the Quadro side of NVIDIA it is designed for high end CAD and 3D applications. The Quadro Plex 2200 D2 features two of NVIDIA's top of the line Quadro FX 5800 GPUs with a combined frame buffer (memory) capacity of 8 GB.Available in a menacing looking tower or 3U Rackmount form factors this "dedicated deskside visual computing system (VCS)" is sure to pack a polygon manipulating punch.   Breakthrough Visual Computing Power:Professional users can dynamically scale graphics performance, get enhance image quality, and expand their display real estate with NVIDIA® SLI® multi-GPU... Read more...
NVIDIA Introduces NVIDIA Quadro CX - The AcceleratorFor Adobe Creative Suite 4 SANTA CLARA, CA—OCTOBER 16, 2008—NVIDIA today introduced its new accelerator for Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 software, the NVIDIA® Quadro® CX. This new GPU provides creative professionals with a faster, better, more reliable way to maximize their creativity. Quadro CX was architected to deliver the best performance for the new GPU-optimized features of Adobe Creative Suite 4.“Adobe is at the forefront of the Visual Computing Revolution,” said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVDIA. “CS4’s GPU features are sending shockwaves through the creative industry.”“Photoshop users are always... Read more...
Today at HotHardware we take a look at NVIDIA’s latest entrant into the mid-range workstation graphics card market, the QuadroFX 3700. This card has an MSRP of about $1,700, which puts it smack-dab in between the price tags of NVIDIA's mid-range and ultra-high-end products, although street prices for the QuadroFX 3700 are much lower than its MSRP. This card is based on NVIDIA’s popular G92 graphics processor, which has been prominently featured in their GeForce 8800 GT / GTS lineup at a very  competitive price point.  Likewise, with NVIDIA's G92 GL GPU underneath the hood, this professional-grade QuadroFX should also deliver substantially better performance in high-end OpenGL applications,... Read more...
Earlier this year, we conducted a series of reports on both the high-end and mid-range workstation graphics card markets with a range of comparative tests. In our prior tests, we found performance to be exceptionally close between comparatively priced products from AMD/ATI’s and NVIDIA’s high-end and mid-range cards. NVIDIA is typically stronger on the high-end, whereas ATI’s cards are winning in the mid-range; it was pretty cut and dry.  However, once you start pricing these cards out, you’ll soon realize that there is a huge, gaping hole in the price spectrums of each respective competitive product offering. ATI and NVIDIA sell their high-end (V8650/5600) cards for... Read more...
If you're a professional looking for a laptop/mobile workstation, NVIDIA has a new graphics chip you may want to consider before making you're purchasing decision.  Here's the scoop on the Quadro FX 3600M:“Engineered to deliver high performance and visualization of extensive datasets with extremely high image quality in an ISV-certified, notebook platform, the Quadro FX 3600M is available as a fully qualified MXM v2.1A type-III form factor mobile workstation graphics board with: 512 MB G-DDR3 memory 256-bit memory interface 51.2 GBps graphic memory bandwidth OpenGL 2.1, Shader Model 4.0, and DirectX 10 PowerMizer™ adaptive power management toolsThe complete line of NVIDIA Quadro FX... Read more...
Just in case you didn't catch the new link at the top of the page, we’re writing to let you all know that we’ve just posted a mid-range workstation-class GPU round-up at HotHardware.  We look at three cards in particular – two from ATI and one from Nvidia.  From ATI, we’ve got the new FireGL V5600 512 MB card along with the low-end FireGL V3600 256 MB card.  And in the Nvidia camp, we’ve got the popular QuadroFX 1700 512 MB card.  All three of these cards are very tolerable in terms of size, power consumption, noise, and (most of all) price . While one shouldn't expect top of the line performance from them, in our tests we found performance in many applications to be impressively... Read more...
Just a few weeks ago, we took a look at the two fastest workstation class graphics cards currently on the market, the FireGL V8650 from ATI/AMD and the QuadroFX 5600 from Nvidia. We found both products to be quite powerful and thought either one would be a solid choice for a high-end workstation.  However, the one comment which was repeated over and over again when looking at those cards was that unless you worked for a major studio or production firm, they were simply not very affordable. At nearly $3,000 a piece, the FireGL V8650 and QuadroFX 5600 require large investments. However, don’t think that just because a graphics card is targeted for workstation use that... Read more...
Today at HotHardware, we have two impressive workstation-class graphics card on the test bench. We’ve been given the opportunity to orchestrate a direct comparison of two of the most exciting graphics cards shipping today, AMD’s ATI FireGL V8650 and NVIDIA’s QuadroFX 5600.  The V8650 is a monstrous version of ATI’s R600 graphics processor with 2GB of memory attached, whereas the FX 5600 is the 1.5GB heavy workstation cousin of the GeForce 8800 Ultra, both of which use NVIDIA’s G80 processor. Both cards are phenomenally large, as well.  Click the link below and take a look... ATI FireGL V8650 vs. NVIDIA QuadroFX 5600... Read more...
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