Nvidia launches G80-based Quadro Plex
About a month and a half ago, Nvidia introduced a pair of new Quadro FX professional graphics cards—the Quadro FX 5600 and Quadro FX 4600—based on its G80 graphics processor. Nvidia is now back with a new G80-based professional graphics solution: the Quadro Plex Visual Computing System (VCS) Model IV.
Much like the original Quadro Plex models I, II, and III the firm announced last August, the new Quadro Plex VCS Model IV is a dedicated enclosure that houses two Quadro FX graphics cards and can be stacked in pairs into 3U rack spaces. However, the Model IV comes with a couple of Nvidia's latest and greatest Quadro FX 5600 cards, which each have 1.5GB of memory and 4.3% higher peak texel fill rate than the GeForce 8800 GTX. The Quadro Plex VCS Model IV is launching at a hefty $17,495—about the same as the launch price for the cheapest Quadro Plex model that came out in September last year. The Model IV is already available through Nvidia and partners including PNY, Leadtek, and Elsa.