Nvidia launches Quadro K6000 as world's fastest GPU
July 24, 2013 | 09:43
Nvidia has announced what it claims is the world's most powerful graphics card - but before you get excited, it's talking about a Quadro board aimed at workstation users rather than a GeForce part for gamers.
Unveiled at the SIGGRAPH conference in Anaheim, California late last night, the Nvidia Quadro K6000 is designed to take over from the existing Quadro 6000 - and, in doing so, offers a significant upgrade with five times higher compute performance than the card it replaces.
Based around Nvidia's Kepler architecture, the Quadro K6000 includes 2,880 CUDA cores connected to 12GB of GDDR5 memory over a 384-bit bus offering a claimed 288Gb/s of bandwidth. All this power is contained on a double-slot PCI Express 3.0 board, drawing a claimed 225W over two six-pin power connectors. Support for four simultaneous displays is included, over DVI-I, DVI-D, and dual DisplayPort 1.2 connections with support for 4K resolutions.
In the release of the Quadro K6000, Nvidia is claiming a couple of records: the most powerful GPU, and the largest graphics memory - and it's making sure everyone knows it. 'The Nvidia Quadro K6000 GPU is the highest performance, most capable GPU ever created for the professional graphics market,' crowed Ed Ellett, senior vice president of the company's Professional Solutions Group, at the unveiling. 'It will significantly change the game for animators, digital designers and engineers, enabling them to make the impossible possible.'
The company certainly had support for those claims: staffers from Pixar, Nissan, and Apache were all trotted out to offer soundbites about how access to pre-release Quadro K6000 boards had revolutionised their workflows - from Pixar's ability to preview more of a given scene in real time to Apache's claim of a three-fold boost to the performance of drilling simulation package InsightEarth compared to a Quadro K5000 board.
At the same event, Nvidia also announced new Quadro chips for laptop workstations starting with the headlining K5100M and working down through the K4100M, K3100M, K1100M, K610M and K510M parts.
Pricing for the hardware has yet to be confirmed, with Nvidia promising that its various customers will start offering boards in the autumn with prebuilt workstations confirmed from HP, Dell and Lenovo and add-in boards from PNY Technologies, ELSA, Leadtek and Ryoyo.