Nvidia pulls out the silicon chainsaw to make the Quadro M2000

Nvidia has pulled out the world's smallest chainsaw again. Last time we heard of this mythical tool, Nvidia split the GM204 inside the GeForce GTX 980 to produce the GM206 of GeForce GTX 960 fame. This time, the workstation-oriented GM204GL found inside the Quadro M4000 and M5000 is on the chopping block. When the silicon sawdust clears, we're left with the GM206GL and the shiny new Quadro M2000.

Product Memory interface Memory Memory bandwidth CUDA cores TDP
Quadro M4000 256-bit 8GB GDDR5 192GT/s 1664 150W
Quadro M2000 128-bit 4GB GDDR5 106GT/s 768 75W
Quadro K1200 128-bit 4GB GDDR5 80GT/s 512 45W

AIDA64's patch notes effectively spilled the beans on the lineage of the GPU inside the newest Quadro a little over a week ago. The Maxwell GM206GL GPU in the M2000 has 768 CUDA cores, roughly half of the M4000's GM204GL GPU with 1664. The M2000 ships with 4GB of GDDR5, half of the M4000's 8GB of GDDR5. About the only thing Nvidia didn't cut on the M2000 is the display outputs —both the M4000 and the M2000 have 4 standard DisplayPort 1.2 outputs on board. 

While these specs are a big step down from the M4000, they should still put it well ahead of the next-cheapest Quadro, the K1200. The 75W Quadro M2000 also doesn't require a six-pin PCIe power input, which could make it attractive to buyers who need more performance than the K1200 but don't have a power supply compatible with the M4000. Nvidia didn't say how much the M2000 would sell for. A listing for a PNY Quadro M2000 is on Newegg now, but at the moment the listing only shows an April 21 release date.

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    • Forge
    • 4 years ago

    I’d like one, I have two 4K panels with only DP inputs and a GTX 970 with only one DP output. On the other hand, I doubt I’m willing to pay what Nvidia will be asking.

    • anotherengineer
    • 4 years ago

    And in yesterdays news

    [url<]http://www.techpowerup.com/221848/nvidia-to-launch-mid-range-gp106-based-graphics-cards-in-autumn-2016[/url<] Hopefully there is a new polaris part to compete with them.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    Ah, that connector-less GTX 950 has made its way into the pro market, and to celebrate Nvidia gave it a new name.

    • NTMBK
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]The 75W Quadro M2000 is also the first Maxwell Quadro that doesn't require a PCIe six-pin power input[/quote<] Untrue- the K2200 and K1200 are both Maxwell 1 based (GM107). Yes, the naming is screwy 🙂

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 4 years ago

      Whoops, reworded.

    • Krogoth
    • 4 years ago

    The primary catch for these Quadros is 10bit support.

      • MathMan
      • 4 years ago

      And 4 DP outputs.
      That’s how my Wall Street trader buddies know Nvidia: it drives their trading setups with 4 screens.

        • morphine
        • 4 years ago

        Only 4? They’re in the stock market trading with single dollars amounts? 🙂

        Wall of screens or GTFO.

      • morphine
      • 4 years ago

      And certified drivers, which are a great percentage of the “catch” for getting a Quadro. And worth the money for CAD/CAM/etc people.

        • Krogoth
        • 4 years ago

        Most CAD/CAM people are going to opt for the bigger Quadros though. These units are the lower-end models that are geared more towards 2D graphical professionals. The bigger item would be 10-bit color support and certified drivers that come with it.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 4 years ago

          Lots of design jobs don’t need tons and tons of polys. Not everything is a Pixar movie.

            • chuckula
            • 4 years ago

            For example, that new shroud for the GTX-1080 cooler needed about 12 polygons tops!

      • Deanjo
      • 4 years ago

      Oh there are a few more benefits such as mosaic support, certified drivers, professional support directly from Nvidia, etc.

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