And now, some news from the highly exciting world of professional graphics cards. Nvidia says its new NVS 300 GPU should now be available in pre-built workstations and as a discrete solution from PNY. This innocuous-looking low-profile card costs only $149, has a thermal envelope just shy of 18W, can be stacked to drive as many as eight displays, and supports Nvidia’s Nview desktop management software.
To aid with the whole stacking thing, the NVS 300 is offered in both PCI Express x16 and PCI Express x1 variants. Also, that lone connector on the card is actually a DMS59 port, which can fork out into dual DisplayPort, dual DVI-I, or dual VGA ports depending on the adapter used. A word of warning if you use the DVI-I adapter, however: only resolutions up to 1920×1200 are supported. You’ll need the DisplayPort adapter to go up to 2560×1600.
If you were hoping for oodles of graphics horsepower, prepare to be disappointed—Nvidia only squeezes in 16 stream processors and 512MB of DDR3 RAM pushing bits through a measly 64-bit memory interface. This is a DirectX 10.1 part, too, so it’s not based on the new Fermi architecture. I suppose getting away with passive cooling in that kind of form factor requires some compromises.
In any case, Nvidia expects the NVS 300 to come in handy for “mission-critical applications ranging from command and control centers, to securities trading floors, to digital signage installations.”