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What is NVidia really releasing?

by on March 31, 2009
 

nvidia_logoYesterday the internets were alight with talk of NVidia’s latest QuadroFX card offerings.  However, a few astute readers saw something fishy in the announcement.  In particular, the following comment about sums it all up:

What is NVidia announcing today?

Certainly it is not the Quadro FX 5800 with 4GB of video ram on-board. That was announced on November 10, 2008.

Certainly it is not the Quadro FX 4800. That was announced on December 18, 2008.

So really it appears that the new cards are the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800, NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800, and the NVIDIA Quadro FX 580/380.

The Quadro FX 3800 should sell for between $900 to $1200. This card has 1GB GDDR3 memory, 192 shader processors, 256-bit memory bus, and 51.2GB/s memory bandwidth. The maximum power consumption is about 107 watts.

The Quadro FX 1800 should sell for about $600. This card has 768 MB GDDR3 memory, 64 shader processors, 192-bit memory bus, and 38.4GB/s memory bandwidth. The maximum power consumption is about 59 watts. It is based on the G94 core (a.k.a. the GeForce 9600).

The Quadro FX 580 should sell for about $150. This card has 512 MB GDDR3 memory, 32 shader processors, 128-bit memory bus, and 25.6GB/s memory bandwidth. The maximum power consumption is about 40 watts. It is based on the G96 core (a.k.a. the GeForce 9500).

At the low end you have the Quadro FX 380 with 256 MB of memory, and 22.4 GB/s memory bandwidth. That is, it is a Quadro FX 580 with slower clocks and less memory. It is based on the G96 core (a.k.a. the GeForce 9500).

The Quadro NVS 295 is really multi-display graphics for businesses.

In other words, even these new cards are nothing really new. The only new thing that I can see is the SLI Multi-OS. Now that is worth paying attention to.

Seems NVidia is trying to gain some press with another “Paper Release”.