Nvidia intros Kepler-based Quadro K5000

Today's all about pro graphics, it seems. Not long after AMD's hail of FirePro releases this morning, Nvidia announced a high-end Quadro graphics processor based on its new Kepler architecture.

The Quadro K5000 features 1536 ALUs and a 256-bit memory interface, just like the GeForce GTX 680, but it has twice as much memory: 4GB of GDDR5. The card has peak arithmetic rates of 2150 GLFOPs for single-precision computations and 90 GFLOPs for double-precision work. Nvidia outfits this bad boy with a dual-slot cooler and a mix of display outputs, including DVI-I, DVI-D, and dual DisplayPort. (The card can drive up to four displays at once.) Peak power consumption is rated at 122W.

Since this is a Kepler-based product, it delivers some of that architecture's improvements to the professional graphics world. In particular, Nvidia touts bindless textures, which "give users the ability to reference over 1 million textures directly in memory while reducing CPU overhead," and TXAA antialiasing, which is meant to improve image quality and reduce crawling and flickering from one frame to the next. PCI Express 3.0 support is on the menu, as well.

Ths Quadro K5000 has a suggested retail price of $2,249, and Nvidia expects to make it available in October. Workstations that couple the Quadro K5000 with Nvidia's Tesla K20 processor, in what Nvidia calls its second-generation Maximus platform, will be available in December from vendors like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Fujitsu, BOXX, and Supermicro. Nvidia's Maximus technology allows a Quadro GPU to shoulder graphics work while a companion Tesla processor handles general-purpose computing duties. The first-generation Maximus platform debuted last fall with Fermi-based offerings.

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