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Nvidia Unveils New Quadro Graphics Cards

Graphics card manufacturer Nvidia, has announced four new Quadro graphics cards solutions, the Quadro 4000, Quadro 5000, Quadro 6000 and the Quadro 5000M, the latter being aimed at the mobile market.

The new Quadro models are all based on the company's Fermi architecture which Nvidia claims provides a fivefold improvement over the previous generation in terms of "design, animation and video application performance".

As usual, the main differences between the graphics solution lie in the number of cores, the amount of memory and the clock speed; the Quadro 4000 has 256 processing cores, the 5000 has 352 cores and the 6000, 448 cores.

A new model, the Quadroplex 7000, bundles two Quadro 6000 altogether and brings the number of cores to nearly 1000 and paves the way for a potential quad card fest for those who can afford the $14500 price tag.

Capable of drawing up to 1.3 billion triangles per second, the new cards are 3D ready and compatible with the company's 3D Vision Pro glasses. Nvidia has also said that its new 3D solutions can transmit data up to a distance of 33 metres and allow multiple users to view a single 3D source simultaneously from a wider angle than ever before.

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