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Nvidia Quadro Plex Visual Computing Systems

20 August 2008

Nvidia

Nvidia has released the D Series of Nvidia Quadro Plex Visual Computing Systems (VCS) available in deskside or rackmount configurations.

Engineered to provide robust Nvidia Quadro GPU visualisation performance, the Quadro Plex systems are ideal for the styling and design, geosciences and scientific visualisation industries, working with extremely large 3D models, datasets and power walls. The new Quadro Plex series provides performance improvements of up to 100 per cent over previous versions and offers massively parallel processing capabilities using multiple Quadro graphics cards for visualisation, large-scale projection and display, or computation with the Nvidia Cuda parallel computing processor.

The Nvidia Quadro Plex 2200 D2 VCS, with two Quadro GPUs, four dual-link DVI channels, and 8GB of frame buffer memory, is designed for advanced visualisation of extremely large models and datasets, as well as high-performance computing processes. Its partner, the Quadro Plex 2100 D4 VCS with four GPUs, eight dual-link DVI channels and a 4 B frame buffer, is optimised for multi-display applications.

A Quadro Plex D series VCS can turn workstations and servers into visual supercomputers. Easily connected to a host workstation via a low-power PCI Express adapter card, the Quadro Plex VCS gives workstations the massively parallel processing capabilities of multiple Quadro graphics cards and features an ultra-quiet design, allowing the system to be deployed deskside. It can also be deployed in a standard 3U, 19-inch rackmount configuration, for maximum visual computational density.

The new Quadro Plex 2200 D2 VCS houses two Quadro FX 5800 GPUs, providing 480 Nvidia Cuda Parallel Computing Processor cores and 8GB of graphics memory. The thermal and power management capabilities of the chassis offer up to 20 per cent performance improvement over standard add-in graphics, making it the most powerful visual computing system available. The Quadro Plex 2200 D2 VCS houses up to four Quadro FX 4700 GPUs, powering up to four displays via its dual-link DVI outputs, and up to eight displays with its high-resolution projection capabilities.

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