NVidia has unveiled the Quadro FX 700, a mid-rage addition to their line of graphics chips targeted at graphics and digital content creators. Graphics cards based around the new chip will be available from NVidia and PNY from the end of April, pricing yet to be confirmed.

NVidia claims that the Quadro FX 700’s new silent cooling system gives it performance advantages over competing high-end and upper midrange boards on industry-standard tests such as SPECviewperf 7.1.1 and 3dsmax-02.

“Hardware acceleration for Discreet 3ds max animation software in the film production pipeline via the programmable NVIDIA Quadro FX 700 is expected to result in a more streamlined workflow and faster visual effects development process,” said Chris Ford, director of 3D product management at Discreet.

NVidia claims that the Quadro FX line features the industry’s only true 128-bit floating-point graphics pipeline and that 12 bits of sub pixel precision eliminates rasterization anomalies. The chip claims full support for OpenGL 1.5 and DirectX 9.0 programmability.

“The NVIDIA Quadro FX 700 unleashes the power of graphically and computationally demanding professional applications cost-effectively,” said Jeff Brown, general manager of professional graphics at NVidia. “The solution makes high-quality graphics, real-time rendering, and productivity enhancing capabilities readily available to a broad audience of professional users at a level of performance that keeps pace with tight production schedules.”