Nvidia Quadro FX 3500
Another new professional solution from Nvidia based on the latest G71 GPU is Quadro FX 3500. While the top-of-the-line Quadro FX 5500 costs around $2,000, Quadro FX 3500 sells for as low as $1,000, although it uses the same GPU. The prices of these two graphics solutions are so far apart, because the differences between the Quadro FX 5500 and Quadro FX 3500 are much more significant than just clock speeds and smaller amount of onboard graphics memory.
First of all, when we speak of G71 GPU in Quadro FX 3500 we should keep in mind that Quadro FX 3500 is based on a cut-down modification of this chip. Some pipelines of this GPU in Quadro FX 3500 are disabled, so its only has 20 pixel and 7 vertex units. At the same time, the GPU clock speed of this card has been reduced to 470MHz. So, Quadro FX 3500 is evidently much slower than the high-end professional Quadro FX 5500 from the theoretical performance point of view.
Quadro FX 3500 is equipped with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM connected to the GPU via a 256bit bus. The memory on this graphics card runs at 1320MHz, which makes this solution a memory bandwidth leader of the entire Quadro FX family.
The maximum power consumption of Quadro FX 3500 based on a cut-down G71 GPU is 80W. This allows using a single-clot copper cooling solution. Nevertheless, this card does require additional power supply for proper operation.
Just like its elder brother, Quadro FX 3500 features two DVI Outs with Dual-Link technology support on both of them and a stereo out. Moreover, the card supports SLI technology. As for Genlock and Framelock technologies, they are not implemented on this solution.
I have to point out that there are no cards with 512MB of graphics memory among the new professional solutions from Nvidia. However, the launch of the new Quadro FX 5500 and Quadro FX 3500 cards doesn’t at all mean that they will out the predecessor, a great Quadro FX 4500, from the market. This popular professional solution is based on G70 GPU and features exactly 512MB of GDDR3 memory. It will remain in the line-up of Nvidia’s professional graphics accelerator family.