The new professional card has the same connectors as its predecessor: one dual-link DVI connector that supports LCD monitors with a resolution up to 3840x2400 pixels and two DisplayPorts.
DisplayPort has been given preference over the more widespread HDMI interface because it can transmit color information in 30-bit format which is supported by the Fermi-based Quadro cards. As a result, the card can display up to 1.7 billion colors if used together with a Deep Color monitor, e.g. an HP DreamColor LP2480zx, whereas standard solutions can only yield 16.7 million colors.
A standard 3-pin VESA socket for stereo glasses can be found near the video interfaces. This needs a special mention since Nvidia has begun to ship professional glasses 3D Vision Pro along with the new Quadro series. The Pro glasses differ from the consumer version in using a radio interface rather than an infrared channel for transmitting control signals. This expands the coverage and makes it possible to use multiple transmitters connected to different workstations within a single room.
There are two onboard connectors: SLI and SDI.
The former is for combining multiple professional cards into a single graphics subsystem for higher performance, more advanced antialiasing modes and quad-monitor configurations. The SDI connector can be used to connect a daughter card that enhances the main card’s functionality so that the Quadro 5000 could be used in digital broadcastinng.
Now that we’ve learned something about the Quadro 5000, we can read through its specs in comparison with the Quadro FX 4800: