NVIDIA introduces new workstation graphics lineup, virtualization

NVIDIA introduced its new high-powered workstation graphics chips today, along with new SLI virtualization support, in what it calls "the most powerful and advanced top-to-bottom line of Quadro professional GPU solutions in the company's history" and intended to "set the stage for the next ten years of innovation."Strong words.

NVIDIA introduced its new high-powered workstation graphics chips today, along with new SLI virtualization support, in what it calls "the most powerful and advanced top-to-bottom line of Quadro professional GPU solutions in the company's history" and intended to "set the stage for the next ten years of innovation."

Strong words.

Led by the flagship Quadro FX 5800, the new lineup ranges from  entry-level, sub-$100 systems to standalone systems:

  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 – the "industry's first and only 4GB, ultra high-end solution" offers the highest visualization performance and capabilities. It's intended for professionals who work with large-scale models and datasets.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 – an "ultra high-end solution" for professionals that offers the most complete toolset.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800 – a single slot solution with robust feature set and capabilities, such as SLI Multi-OS and SDI support.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800 – a mid-range solution offering a mixture of quality, precision, performance, programmability and price.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 580 – the company's entry-level solution, offering productivity for volume CAD and digital content applications.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 380 – an affordable professional-class graphics solution extends energy efficiency while delivering 50-percent faster performance.
  • NVIDIA Quadro NVS 295 – capable of supporting up to two 30-inch digital displays at maximum resolutions.

The new lineup also brings the introduction of NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS, which enables 3D workstation virtualization on the Quadro GPU:

With SLI Multi-OS, applications and users are able to optimize productivity and costs through the use of multiple Quadro GPU technologies from a single workstation in a virtualized environment. Users can also enable native SLI technology support on key partner platforms to accelerate application performance, scaling and higher image quality.

The new chips are available through Dell, Fujistu-Siemens, HP and Lenovo; workstation system integrators; and PNY Technologies (US and EMEA), Leadtek (APAC) and Elsa (Japan).

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