In the next few weeks, PNY will release a graphics card that's designed to boost performance in three of Adobe's Creative Suite 4 applications, Photoshop CS4, After Effects CS4 and Premiere CS4. The Quadro CX uses a brand-new graphics chip from nVidia and has 1.5GB of graphics RAM.
The three applications include GPU-acceleration, where they can tap the power of the host computer's graphics card to boost performance. This works with any graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.0 and Shader Model 3.0, but nVidia says that the Quadro CX is 'architected to deliver the best performance for the new GPU-optimized features of Adobe Creative Suite 4'. It ships with optimized drivers for use with Creative Suite 4 to obtain the best performance possible.
In Premiere Pro CS4, the card does more than boost performance for GPU effects, as it ships with the RapiHD plug-in from Elemental Technologies, which uses the graphics card to accelerate video encoding.
The Quadro CX is the first board from nVidia to offer 30-bit colour (10-bit per colour) output via DisplayPort. This is offers 64 times as many colours as traditional 8-bit colour used by DVI ports. Outputting 30-bit colour requires a 30-bit monitor such as HP's DreamColor LP2480ZX. The board has two DisplayPort outputs and one DVI port. The board can also output 10-bit or 12-bit SDI through an optional adapter board.
Photoshop CS4 uses the GPU to enable real-time image rotation, zooming, and panning, and makes changes to the view instantaneous and smooth. Adobe Photoshop CS4 also taps the GPU for on-screen compositing of both 2D and 3D content, ensuring smoothly anti-aliased results regardless of zoom level. Brush resizing and brushstroke preview, 3D movement, high-dynamic-range tone mapping, and color conversion are also accelerated by the GPU.
After Effects CS4 has Open GL-accelerated viewports, plus accelerated effects including depth of field, bilateral blur effects, turbulent noise such as flowing water or waving flags, and cartoon effects.
Premiere Pro CS4 can take advantage of the graphics to accelerate high-quality video effects such as motion, opacity, color, and image distortion. Quadro CX also enables faster editing of multiple high-definition video streams and graphic overlays and provides a variety of video output choices for high-quality preview, including DisplayPort, component TV, or uncompressed 10-bit or 12-bit SDI.
The Quadro CX costs £1,169 plus VAT.