Siggraph 2013: Nvidia launches its most powerful graphics card ever

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The Quadro K6000 comes with the blessing of Pixar, which used Nvidia's cards to create Monster's University (above).

Nvidia has launched the Quadro K6000, which it describes as the the fastest and most capable graphics card ever built.

The company has also launched a new line of professional graphics GPUs for mobile workstations, which it says delivers the highest levels of performance and graphics memory ever available on laptops.

Nvidia Quadro K6000

The Quadro K6000 (above) delivers five-times higher compute performance and nearly double the graphics capability of its predecessor, the Quadro 6000, and features the world’s largest and fastest graphics memory.

The Quadro K6000 is based on the Kepler architecture – which it calls the world’s fastest, most efficient GPU architecture. The K6000 features 12GB of GDDR5 graphics RAM to help it with incredibly complex scenes and 2,880 streaming multiprocessor (SMX) cores for hyper-powerful overall performance.

The card supports four simultaneous displays at up to 4k in resolution (via DisplayPort 1.2).

"The Kepler features are key to our next generation of real-time lighting and geometry handling," says Guido Quaroni, Pixar vice president of Software R&D." We were thrilled to get an early look at the K6000. The added memory and other features allow our artists to see much more of the final scene in a real-time, interactive form, and allow many more artistic iterations."

Nvidia Quadro K5100M

Nvidia has also launched a new flagship professional graphics GPU for workstation-class laptops, the NVIDIA Quadro K5100M. This chip features 8GB of GDDR5 graphics RAM – twice that of Nvidia's nearest current model, the K4100M – and 1,536 CUDA processing cores (vs 1152 on the K4100M) 

Both new Quadros are due in the autumn.

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