Nvidia Quadro FX 5600
The today’s fastest professional graphics card is Quadro FX 5600. It not only works at higher clock speeds, but also boasts maximum amount of onboard graphics memory available today – 1536MB. There are no gaming graphics accelerators that could boast that much onboard graphics memory today. However, this situation is quite logical. Graphics cards with 1GB of memory at first appeared in the professional segment.
As you may have already realized, Quadro FX 5600 has no analogues in the gaming segment. The card features unique PCB and unique cooler design that may make an unforgettable impression due to their size. The thing is that Quadro FX 5600 is a full-size graphics card, it is 312mm long. Besides, it is also equipped with a steel railing on the farther side to ensure its secure retention inside the case and is enforced with an armed steel panel attached along its upper edge.
As for the technology behind Quadro FX 5600, it is based on the same 90nm G80 chip overclocked to 600/1350MHz frequencies (the geometric and shader domain speeds, respectively). So, is we still try to draw some analogies with the gaming solutions, we will be able to say that Quadro FX 5600 yields a little bit to GeForce 8800 Ultra from the processor speed standpoint. Nevertheless, the theoretical performance of Quadro FX 5600 looks very impressive. Thanks to the full set of 128 streaming processors the card can draw 300 million triangles per second and texture 19.2 billion texels per second. Of course, it is fully compatible with DirectX 10 and meets Shader Model 4 requirements.
1.5GB of GDDR3 SDRAM installed on this board is clocked at 1600MHz and use standard for G80 384-bit bus. So, the peak bandwidth of the video memory subsystem equals 76.8GB/s.
Just like the top gaming graphics cards built around G80 GPU, Quadro FX 5600 consumes quite a lot of power – 171W. That is why it is equipped with two 6-pin power connectors.
To cool down the graphics processor and memory Quadro FX 5600 uses a monstrous cooler that is even larger than the one used on GeForce 8800 Ultra cards. However, the cooler design has no specific peculiarities: it simply looks like a stretched out Quadro FX 4600 cooler with longer ribs in the heatsink array.
Quadro FX 5600 comes with the same set of connectors as Quadro FX 4600: two Dual-Link DVI and a port for stereoscopic glasses.
Just like its younger brother, Quadro FX 5600 supports SLI technology and has a corresponding connector onboard. There is also a special connector for Nvidia Quadro G-Sync card implementing GenLock and FrameLock functionality.
The card was provided by PNY Company and comes with a pretty standard bundle of accessories:
The box with the graphics card also contains a user’s manual, a CD-disk with drivers, two DVI→D-Sub adapters and two power adapters. The recommended street price for Quadro FX 5600 is set at $2,999.