I know it’s bound to bring on the arm spasms, causing you to fall from your chair, spilling your coffee on your workstation tower and frying the Quadro GPU you already have, but that’s ok, because NVIDIA has gone and done the unthinkable, nay the unimaginable–they’ve released a new line of Quadro workstation graphics cards and all in time for the yearly chat/cage match with the company IT manager.
3,2,1… Quadro power
In October 2012, NVIDIA released the first of the next generation Quadro line, the K5000, based on NVIDIA’s Kepler™ architecture. Compared with the specs of the previous generation Quadro 5000, there was a substantial increase in performance, memory and bandwidth. The same holds true for the new line of Quadro K-cards. For example, if you’re currently mid-ranging your workstation graphics with a Quadro 2000, you have 192 CUDA Cores and 1Gb of GPU Memory at 42 GBps. The new Quadro K2000 brings you 384 of those CUDA cores and 2GB of memory at 64 GBps. You can find the K2000 online currently priced at roughly $150 more than the Quadro 2000.
Another beautiful feature these cards bring is support for more monitors. Your Quadro 2000 was limited to two monitors. Now, you have support for up to four monitors (2 DP, 1 DVI) using NVIDIA’s Mosaic Technology. All four GPU’s are now available via online retailers and workstation partners. Pricing and all sorts of comparison tables below.
Quadro Kepler video card prices
Quadro K4000 – $1,269
Quadro K2000 – $599
Quadro K2000D – $599
Quadro K600 – $199
|New Quadro Kepler Workstation Specs|
|Feature||Quadro K4000||Quadro K2000||Quadro K2000D||Quadro K600|
|Memory Size||3GB GDDR5||2GB GDDR5||2GB GDDR5||1GB DDR3|
|Memory Bandwidth||134GBps||64 GBps||64 GBps||29 GBps|
|NVIDIA® CUDA™ Parallel Processor Cores||768||384||384||192|
|Max Power Consumption||80W||51W||51W||41W|
|Power Connector||1x 6-pin|
|Number of slots||1||1||1||1|
|# Simultaneous Displays||4||4||4||2|
Data from NVIDIA Workstation Linecard (pdf)