Professional Graphics Cards from Nvidia
Nvidia Quadro FX 380
Nvidia, just like AMD, has a sort of professional graphics card with minimal performance and corresponding price point. It is Quadro FX 380 based on G96 graphics processor still manufactured with 65 nm process, but nevertheless, supporting all contemporary standards, such as DirectX 10.0, OpenGL 3.0 and Shader Model 4.0. Moreover, in this case they even use a “lite” version of the GPU with only 16 shader processors and 8 rater units. However, this appears more than enough to make Quadro FX 380 offer even greater theoretical performance than FirePro V3700, which gives Nvidia every reason to price their solution a little higher: it is retailing for $130.
I would like to remind you that G96 graphics processor is also used in gaming graphics cards, such as GeForce 9400 GT, where it is configured in exactly the same way as in Quadro FX 380. Nevertheless, Nvidia decided to introduce new PCB layout for their professional graphics accelerator. It looks like they were trying to lower the production costs this way, because the layout looks very primitive.
G96 graphics processor on Quadro FX 380 works at 450 MHz frequency, which is lower than that of gaming graphics cards. The same is true for the memory: the card is equipped with 256 MB GDDR3 with 128-bit bus working at effective 4100 MHz.
The GPU of Quadro FX 380 graphics card is cooled with a very compact cooling system that consists of an aluminum heatsink and a pretty noisy small and fast fan. Note that since the card uses 65 nm GPU, this solution consumes more power than the competing offering from AMD.
This card is equipped with two Dual-link DVI outs supporting monitors with 2560x1600 maximum resolution. Besides, the card is bundled with two D-Sub adapters.