Just look at that Quadro 2000 circuit board shimmer in the perfectly directed studio lighting. It’s almost enough to take your mind off the $50k you just spent upgrading all the company’s computers to the, now antiquated, Quadro FX 1800. So what, I say! What’s $50k when it comes to a full 1GB of memory, nearly twice the triangle pushin’ power and over 3 times the CUDA processor cores. NOTHING.

NVIDIA launched it’s new line-up today. It includes five new cards upgrading the entire Quadro line from Entry level to melt-your-face Ultra High End. You’ll see each getting a boost across various tech spec that will provide you with just enough reason to either, wait and get one or become unnervingly frustrated with a recent purchase of an ‘old’ one. Here’s the rundown with a focus on the ever-so famous for 3D, mid-range 2000 model.

FX no more

Quadro is still a valid term, but the FX nomenclature is gone. It’s all bout “Fermi” now. Fermi is the new architecture which NVIDIA introduces as the best Quadro GPU performance you’ve ever dreamed of. You can of course get the full overview of the Fermi tech at NVIDIA, but the one thing you’ll want to know when talking with your GPU geek friends is that “Fermi’ is the new term to drop. That, or CUDA, because that’s where you’ll see the biggest boost with the Fermi cards. The new cards get double or triple the CUDA parallel processing capability. CUDA is a development platform started by NVIDIA which uses the GPU to help with realtime simulation and rendering. This will be handy, granted your 3D modeling programs make use of it.

Here’s the chart that puts all argument to rest. See, Fermi is better…

The new Quadro 2000

The entry level card is the Quadro 600, which is 1-uping the FX 580 with 1GB of memory, but most of you will probably be interested in the Quadro 2000. As stated above, it’s lining up alongside the FX 1800 to bring in more memory and slightly more bandwidth. Here’s the comparison and the press shots.

NVIDIA has put the MSRP for the 2000 set at $599. Currently, you’ll find FX 1800 listing for anywhere between $350 and $500, so expect the actual price on either to be dropping as soon as the stores get the 2000’s in stock.

We have yet to run the card in an actual comparison. That will be coming up, but if you’ve just bought an FX 1800 and can’t return it, don’t worry. These cards are new, the Fermi tech is relatively new, so you’ll have some time to let your FX cards be killed by hours of brutal modeling, simulation, rendering or several swift kicks to the Display Port plugs.


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.