NVIDIA Expands Quadro Line with Mid-Range and Entry-Level Graphics Cards5 Oct, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff
New Quadro 2000 and 600 round out the family of graphics solution offerings launched earlier this year.
NVIDIA has made two additions to its Quadro line of professional graphics solutions based on the company's Fermi architecture: the mid-range Quadro 2000, with 192 NVIDIA CUDA processing cores, and the entry-level Quadro 600, with 96 CUDA processor cores. Released yesterday, these models join the Quadro solutions NVIDIA launched earlier this year: the high-end 4000 and 5000, and the ultrahigh-end 6000. (Cadalyst Labs reviewed the Quadro 5000 in July.)
NVIDIA reports that the Quadro 2000 ($599 MSRP) delivers 1.5 times the geometry performance of the previous Quadro graphics processing unit (GPU) mid-range solution and uses the new NVIDIA Scalable Geometry Engine technology to deliver higher performance across leading CAD and digital content creation applications such as SolidWorks and Autodesk 3ds Max.
Nick Iwaskow, manager, Alliances, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks, said, "With our expected certification of the Quadro 2000, SolidWorks anticipates the newest Quadro solutions will empower designers and engineers with the finely detailed geometry, real-time simulation and analysis, and high visual fidelity they demand."
The economical Quadro 600 ($199 MSRP) is a flexible, half-height solution that features maximum power consumption of 40W.
The newly released Quadro 2000 (left) and 600 (right) fill out NVIDIA's line of Fermi-based graphics solutions.
Both models feature 1GB of graphics memory and are compatible with the new NVIDIA 3D Vision Pro active shutter-glasses solution, enabling 3D visualization and analysis. The Quadro 2000 and Quadro 600 are built on industry standards, including OpenGL 4.1, DirectX 11, Shader Model 5.0, DirectCompute, and OpenCL. They also leverage the NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing architecture. Featuring 30-bit color fidelity (10 bits per color), these Quadro solutions enable the display of billions of color variations. Both models are PCI Express 2.0 compliant, and feature an ultra-quiet design.
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