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NVIDIA Corp. has updated its lineup of professional graphics accelerators – Quadro FX – with new offerings that serve high-end and ultra high-end market segments. One of the newcomers – Quadro FX 4500 – is based on the company’s latest GeForce 7 graphics architecture.

GeForce 7 Goes Professional

Both of the newly introduced Quadro FX products – 3450 and 4500 – support Shader Model 3.0, Open EXR HDR lighting and other capabilities provided by both GeForce 6 and GeForce 7 desktop generations of graphics processors. In addition, the products sport caps exclusively available on the Quadro-series accelerators thanks to special drivers and software suites.

The most advanced Quadro FX model presently is 4500, which is based on the GeForce 7 architecture, thus, provides the highest speed possible.

 
NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500. Click to enlarge

NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 features 24 pixel processors as well as 8 vertex processors, according to NVIDIA Corp. NVIDIA spokespersons declined to comment on the clock-speeds of the graphics processing units, which vary in case of the GeForce 7800 GTX: the chip’s pixel processors operate at 430MHz, whereas vertex processors function at 470MHz. Nevertheless, it is known that GDDR3 memory clock-speed of the part is 1050MHz.

“The workstation team never provides clock-speeds [of the chip] to the public. Our customers prefer we do this on the workstation products – what is more important to them and the end-users are [results of] the industry benchmarks,” said David Higham, Professional Products PR Manager at NVIDIA Corp.

Power Consumption Bar Downed a Bit

The Quadro FX 4500 graphics board features dual-slot cooling system, a larger one compared to single-slot cooler on the GeForce 7800 GTX product. There are a number of reasons for the dual-slot cooling solution for the latest professional graphics cards, including requests from OEMs, the product’s increased power-consumption due to features like G-Sync, presence of 512MB of onboard memory as well as some other factors, according to NVIDIA.

“Part of the NVIDIA Quadro value add is the fact that we provide three year support on these boards, so it is obviously in our best interest as well as our OEM and channel partners, and, in the end, the final customers, that we build-in a level of cooling in these products to ensure the maximum longevity of these products,” Mr. Higham noted.

According to NVIDIA, maximum power consumption of the Quadro FX 4500 is 109W, 9W higher compared to that of the GeForce 7800 GTX. Maximum power consumption is, however, not the best way to reflect the demand of a component for power, as real-world power consumption of NVIDIA’s GeForce 7800 GTX is 80W, according to measurements performed by X-bit labs, a lot less than NVIDIA advertises.

NVIDIA’s previous-generation GeForce 6-based Quadro FX 4400 graphics card could consume up to 110W, according to NVIDIA’s estimates.

Performance Enhanced

Peak geometry performance of the Quadro FX 4500 graphics card is 36% higher than that of the predecessor, whereas maximum fillrate is nearly three times higher compared to the Quadro FX 4400.

According to benchmark results provided by NVIDIA, Quadro FX 4500 outperforms the predecessor by 40%, 14% and 23% in SPEC UGS-04, SPEC PROE-03 and SPEC SW-01, respectively. In SPEC 3DSMAX-03 benchmark the newcomer does not show significant speed improvement, however. The Quadro FX 3450 show results very close to those of the Quadro FX 4400.

Pricing Unknown

The NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards are now available widely through leading OEMs, including HP, workstation system integrators, including Alienware and BOXX Technologies, and NVIDIA channel partners PNY Technologies (US and EMEA), Leadtek (APAC), and Elsa (Japan ).

Pricing was not determined.

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How does these perform in games.. how big a difference is these cards in cad/cam compared to a Geforce 7800 GTX ?

Is the only difference between this Quadro and the Geforce double memory, and higher clockspeed or is it lower clockspeed for more reliability ??
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