The graphics card market is always a dogged fight of territory, dominance, and market share. Nvidia and AMD pull no punches here any time they get into a fight. This time it is Nvidia throwing the first punch with the update to their Quadro workstation cards in the form of the new K6000.
The Nvidia Quadro K6000 may be the single most powerful workstation graphics card on the market. Starting with 12 GB of GDDR5 at 288 GBps making the K6000's memory the fastest and largest available on a single card. This is paired with 2,880 streaming multiprocessor (SMX) cores based on the Kepler architecture. This is not a card for your average user, but it is still pretty cool.
GPU computing has proven itself to be more than for 3D rendering, video editing, and other more c0mputer intensive operations. If you're a professional that is in need of the most powerful professional card on the planet for these and other purposes, then the Nvidia Quadro K6000 is currently the best of breed. In fact, this new Kepler has aided in professional duties from mining/drilling operations to finally rendering "Toy Story Like Graphics" in real-time. Something that Nvidia has been promising for quite some time.
Along with the launch of the Nvidia Quadro K6000 for desktop, there will also be new Quadro's for notebooks as well in the K4100M, K3100M, K2100M, K1100M, K610M, and K510M GPUs.
Nvidia is leaving pricing of this new card up to its partners, but don't expect it to be cheap when it launches later this Fall 2013.
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NVIDIA Unveils New Flagship GPU for Visual Computing
Quadro K6000 Tackles Most Complex Visual Computing Problems – From Tapping Vast New Energy Sources to Animating Monster Fur
July 23, 2013—NVIDIA today unveiled the visual computing industry’s new flagship technology – the NVIDIA® Quadro® K6000 GPU, the fastest and most capable GPU ever built. NVIDIA today also launched a new line of professional graphics GPUs for mobile workstations, delivering the highest levels of performance and graphics memory ever available on mobile platforms. The Quadro K6000 GPU delivers five-times higher compute performance and nearly double the graphics capability of its predecessor, the NVIDIA Quadro 6000 GPU, and features the world’s largest and fastest graphics memory. Combining breakthrough performance and advanced capabilities in a power-efficient design, the Quadro K6000 GPU enables leading organizations such as Pixar, Nissan, Apache Corporation and the Weather Channel’s WSI division to tackle visualization and analysis workloads of unprecedented size and scope.
Animation and Visual Effects – Pixar
“The Kepler features are key to our next generation of real-time lighting and geometry handling. We were thrilled to get an early look at the K6000. The added memory and other features allow our artists to see much more of the final scene in a real-time, interactive form, and allow many more artistic iterations.” - Guido Quaroni, Pixar vice president of Software R&D
Product Styling – Nissan
“With Quadro K6000’s 12 GB of memory, I am now able to load nearly complete vehicle models into RTT Deltagen and have stunning photorealism almost instantly. Instead of spending significant time simplifying the models to fit into previous hardware, we can now spend more time reviewing and iterating designs up front which helps avoid costly changes to tooling.” - Dennis Malone, associate engineer, Nissan North America
Energy Exploration – Apache
“Compared to the Quadro K5000, the Quadro K6000 tripled the performance when running jobs on Terraspark’s InsightEarth application. With jobs running in mere minutes, we can run more simulations and get better insight into where to drill. In this business, drilling in the wrong place is a multi-million dollar mistake, and the Quadro K6000 gives us the edge to make better decisions.” - Klaas Koster, manager, seismic interpretation, Apache Corporation Unprecedented Performance The Quadro K6000 GPU is based on the NVIDIA Kepler™ architecture – the world’s fastest, most efficient GPU architecture. Key performance features and capabilities include:
- 12GB ultra-fast GDDR5 graphics memory lets designers and animators model and render characters and scenes at unprecedented scale, complexity and richness
- 2,880 streaming multiprocessor (SMX) cores deliver faster visualization and compute horsepower than previous-generation products
- Supports four simultaneous displays and up to 4k resolution with DisplayPort™ 1.2
- Ultra-low latency video I/O and support for large-scale visualizations
“The NVIDIA Quadro K6000 GPU is the highest performance, most capable GPU ever created for the professional graphics market,” said Ed Ellett, senior vice president, Professional Solutions Group at NVIDIA. “It will significantly change the game for animators, digital designers and engineers, enabling them to make the impossible possible.”
New Mobile Workstation GPUs
NVIDIA today also revealed a new flagship professional graphics GPU for workstation notebooks, the NVIDIA Quadro K5100M GPU. Delivering the highest levels of performance and graphics memory available on notebook platforms, the Quadro K5100M anchors a new line of NVIDIA Unveils New Flagship Professional Graphics Processor Page 3 workstation notebook graphics that includes the Quadro K4100M, K3100M, K2100M, K1100M, K610M, and K510M GPUs. Quadro GPUs are designed, built and tested by NVIDIA to provide the superb reliability, compatibility and dependability that professionals require. They are certified and recommended by more than 150 leading software application providers worldwide.
The NVIDIA Quadro K6000 will be available beginning this fall from Dell, HP, Lenovo and other major workstation providers; from systems integrators, including BOXX Technologies and Supermicro; and from authorized distribution partners, including PNY Technologies in North America and Europe, ELSA and Ryoyo in Japan, and Leadtek in Asia Pacific. The new Quadro mobile workstation graphics product line will also be available beginning this fall from major mobile workstation OEMs.