NVIDIA launches industry's first 4GB graphics card
NVIDIA is one of the biggest players in the graphics market and has a full line of GPUs and graphics cards for different needs including those of the general consumer, business user and gamer. NVIDIA's line of Quadro graphics cards are some of the most popular cards in the business market and today NVIDIA has introduced its latest Quadro graphics card.
The card is called the Quadro FX 5800 and its biggest feature is the first time in the industry that a graphics card has featured 4GB of graphics memory. Even NVIDIA's dual GPU enthusiast video cards like the 9800 GX2 only sported 2GB of RAM.
NVIDIA's Jeff Brown, GM of professional solutions said in a statement, "The size and complexity of data is growing at an exponential rate. The challenge for today's professional is to make sense of the mountain of data by distilling it into a form they can comprehend, analyze, and use to make impactful decisions.”
“At stake can be billions of investment dollars, or even people's lives. The Quadro FX 5800 has advanced features to allow massive datasets to be viewed beyond traditional 3D enabling professionals to make fast and accurate decisions."
In addition to the massive amount of RAM, the FX 5800 offers up to 240 CUDA programmable parallel cores. The card supports interactive 4D modeling with time-lapse capability. Memory bandwidth is up to 102 GB per second and fill rates exceed 52 billion texels per second. Geometry performance is reported to be 300 million triangles per second. The card also features 10-bit color.
The FX 5800 supports both Open GL and DirectX 10 applications. Multi-system and multi-device virtualization is supported with Quadro G-Sync II. NVIDIA says that the levels of performance the FX 5800 offers is needed for demanding environments like oil/gas exploration, medical imaging, and styling/design applications.
The Quadro FX 5800 is available now at an MSRP of $3,499. NVIDIA saw its profits drop significantly in Q3 so it needs a popular product to help it regain its former glory.