Nvidia Quadro FX 1800
Nvidia started its transition to 55nm tech process later than its opponent. Therefore quite a lot of Nvidia’s professional graphics cards are based on 65nm cores. Particularly, the Quadro FX 1800 is based on the well-known G94 chip with 64 stream processors and 12 raster back-ends. This GPU is also installed on the gaming card GeForce 9600 GT.
Like its gaming counterpart, the Quadro FX 1800 is a mainstream solution. It costs about $450. This money will buy you a graphics card that delivers decent performance in 3D modeling and CAD applications and is equipped with a generous 728 megabytes of GDDR3 memory. The card’s GPU is clocked at 550MHz (the shader domain frequency is 1375MHz). The memory is clocked at 1600MHz and has a 192-bit bus.
This combination of characteristics makes the Quadro FX 1800 an original product that has no direct counterpart among gaming graphics cards. That’s why, like the other Quadro series models, it has a specially designed PCB whose face side is completely covered by the cooler. The cooler occupies one slot only, though. Take note that the Quadro FX 1800 does not require that you connect additional power to it because its GPU frequency is lower than that of the gaming cards.
The Quadro FX 1800 is in every respect a big step forward in comparison with the previous-generation professional cards from the 1000 series. Particularly, this refers to the amount of graphics memory because not long ago 512 megabytes used to be installed only on top-end professional solutions.
The demurely designed Quadro FX 1800 box contains the card, a small user manual, CD with drivers, and two adapters (DVI → D-Sub and Displayport → DVI).
These adapters are needed because the card has three outputs: one dual-link DVI and two Displayports. This is a standard selection of connectors for products of this class. Like other such solutions, the Quadro FX 1800 supports resolutions up to 2560x1600 and allows to connect two monitors simultaneously.