Nvidia has announced the "world's fastest, most efficient" workstation GPU, the second-generation Maximus.
Nvidia said: "Maximus delivers unparalleled performance and efficiency to professionals in fields as varied as manufacturing, visual effects and oil exploration".
The second generation Maximus architecture breaks down the workload between the Tesla K20 GPU computing accelerator and the Quadro K5000 GPU. The heavy compute work is directed to the accelerator while the GPU handles the graphics functions. The Maximus unified technology automatically handles this division of labor and assigns visualization, simulation and rendering work to the correct processor.
Nvidia's Quadro K5000 GPU features include 'Bindless Textures' that give users the ability to reference over 1 million textures directly in memory while reducing CPU overhead, FXAA/TXAA film-style anti-aliasing technologies for improved image quality, and a frame buffer increased to 4GB.
A single K5000 is capable of driving up to four displays simultaneously and the Display Port 1.2 connector has support for resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 at 60Hz.
Nvidia's Tesla K20 GPU offers SMX streaming multiprocessor technology for up to three times the performance per watt advantage over existing hardware, 'Dynamic Parallelism' and 'Hyper-Q GPU technologies' for a more streamlined parallel programming with dramatically better performance compared to previous workstation GPUs.
"With the parallel processing capabilities enabled by Nvidia Maximus systems, we can now be 10 times more creative," said Alan Barrington, a designer at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center California. "With the Nvidia Maximus-powered environment, we can continue to refine and improve our design, right up to the last minute. We can stay efficient and multitask. We no longer have to settle for less or to compromise on our creativity".
Workstations powered by second generation Nvidia Maximus hardware featuring the new Quadro K5000 ($2,249 MSRP) and the new Tesla K20 ($3,199 MSRP) will be available come December 2012 from a number of OEMs, including HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Fujitsu. A standalone Quadro K5000 GPU will be available in October 2012.
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