Nvidia fires up Quadro 2000 for graphics gurus

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Nvidia has expanded its Quadro lineup with two new GPUs: the mid-range 2000 (192 CUDA processing cores) and the entry-level 600 (96 CUDA processing cores). 

"[Our latest Quadro GPUs] bring the computational and visualization benefits of the breakthrough Fermi architecture to all segments of the [graphics] market," Nvidia spokesperson Jeff Brown told TG Daily in an e-mailed statement.

"[Indeed], the Quadro 2000 delivers 1.5 times the geometry performance of [our] previous mid-range [platform], [while] utilizing Nvidia's scalable geometry engine to deliver [significantly] higher performance across leading CAD/DCC apps such as SolidWorks and Autodesk 3DS Max."

Nvidia fires up Quadro 2000 for graphics gurusAccording to Brown, both cards boast 1GB of graphics memory and fully support OpenGL 4.1, DirectX 11, Shader Model 5.0, DirectCompute and OpenCL.

"The 2000 and 600 also [utilize] Nvidia's CUDA parallel architecture to dramatically increases computing performance. Featuring 30-bit color fidelity (10-bits per color), these Quadro [GPUs] enable the display of billions of color variations for rich, vivid image quality with the broadest dynamic range.

"[Plus], the new [cards] harness Nvidia's Mosaic Technology, which allows any application to harness one or more Quadro [GPUs] to scale across up to eight high-resolution displays. [So], whether the app is CATIA, 3DS Max, PowerPoint or Google Earth, users just simply hit the 'maximize' button and the software seamlessly spans across all connected displays."

The mid-range Quadro 2000 is currently priced at $600, while the entry-level Quadro 600 retails for $200.