While most of us would be contempt with a GTX 1080 in our builds, there are some who have more specific needs, and require a different kind of graphics processing unit that is capable of handling extended periods of heavy load. This is where the workstation GPU comes into its own, with both Nvidia and AMD in a tightly contested battle for top spot. AMD’s FirePro range of professional cards have been making a lot of headway in recent years, closing the gap significantly to the Quadro set of cards from Nvidia. But with the latest news coming out of Los Angeles, Nvidia is hoping to broaden that gap with their new range of Pascal architecture Quadro cards.
The new generation of Quadro GPU’s include the GP100, P4000, P2000, P1000, P600, P400 and the already announced P6000 and P5000 mobile GPU’s. Looking at the GP100 in more detail, and you will see that Nvidia has gone ahead and fitted this with 16GB of High Bandwidth memory, with the NVLink technology allowing users to connect two GPU’s, giving an unbelievable 32GB of HBM2 memory. While pricing is yet to be announced, Nvidia has stated that the Quadro range will be available from March of this year. Keep reading below for the full press release.
Nvidia Quadrop Press Release
LOS ANGELES, CA – SOLIDWORKS World — NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today introduced a range of Quadro® products, all based on its Pascal™ architecture, that transform desktop workstations into supercomputers with breakthrough capabilities for professional workflows across many industries.
Workflows in design, engineering and other areas are evolving rapidly to meet the exponential growth in data size and complexity that comes with photorealism, virtual reality and deep learning technologies. To tap into these opportunities, the new NVIDIA® Quadro Pascal-based lineup provides an enterprise-grade visual computing platform that streamlines design and simulation workflows with up to twice the performance of the previous generation(1), and ultra-fast memory.
“Professional workflows are now infused with artificial intelligence, virtual reality and photorealism, creating new challenges for our most demanding users,” said Bob Pette, vice president of Professional Visualization at NVIDIA. “Our new Quadro lineup provides the graphics and compute performance required to address these challenges. And, by unifying compute and design, the Quadro GP100 transforms the average desktop workstation with the power of a supercomputer.”
Benefits of Quadro Pascal Visual Computing Platform
The new generation of Quadro Pascal-based GPUs — the GP100, P4000, P2000, P1000, P600 and P400 — enables millions of engineers, designers, researchers and artists to:
- Unify simulation, HPC, rendering and design – The GP100 combines unprecedented double precision performance(2) with 16GB of high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) so users can conduct simulations during the design process and gather realistic multiphysics simulations faster than ever before. Customers can combine two GP100 GPUs with NVLink™ technology and scale to 32GB of HBM2 to create a massive visual computing solution on a single workstation.
- Explore deep learning – The GP100 provides more than 20 TFLOPS of 16-bit floating point precision computing(3) — making it an ideal development platform to enable deep learning in Windows and Linux environments.
- Incorporate VR into design and simulation workflows – The “VR Ready” Quadro GP100 and P4000 have the power to create detailed, lifelike, immersive environments. Larger, more complex designs can be experienced at scale.
- Reap the benefits of photorealistic design – Pascal-based Quadro GPUs can render photorealistic images more than 18 times faster than a CPU.(4)
Create expansive visual workspaces – Visualize data in high resolution and HDR color on up to four 5K displays.
- Build massive digital signage configurations cost effectively – Up to 32 4K displays can be configured through a single chassis by combining up to eight P4000 GPUs and two Quadro Sync II cards.(5)
The new cards complete the entire NVIDIA Quadro Pascal lineup including the previously announced P6000, P5000 and mobile GPUs. The entire NVIDIA Quadro Pascal lineup supports the latest NVIDIA CUDA 8 compute platform providing developers access to powerful new Pascal features in developer tools, performance enhancements and new libraries including nvGraph.
Broad Industry Support
Leading OEMs, customers and partners are enthusiastic about the latest Quadro Pascal-based GPUs:
“Customers count on Dassault Systèmes’ simulation tools to easily create often massively detailed models, while minimizing cost and inefficiencies. We have seen significant acceleration of our Abaqus FEA software simulations on the new Quadro GP100, which helps unify traditional design and simulation workflows, and are eager for our customers tap into its power to gain a competitive advantage.”
— Sumanth Kumar, Vice President, Growth, SIMULIA, Dassault Systèmes
“As a leader in workstation technology we know that all of our Dell Precision users rely on the best performance to push the boundaries of their creativity. The new Pascal based Quadro graphics help push the most powerful mobile workstation, the Precision 7720, to become the first VR-Ready notebook in its class, as well as enabling our tower workstations to create photorealistic renders faster than ever.”
— Rahul Tikoo, vice president and general manager of Precision workstations, Dell
“VR has had a huge impact on the AEC industry, having become an important part of design, planning and building. It is transforming Hensel Phelps’ workflow and how we communicate designs and changes to our clients. We are excited about NVIDIA’s new VR Ready P4000 as it delivers a terrific VR experience and because it’s cost-effective. Now even more architects, designers and contractors will be able to tap into the power of VR on their desktops to give their clients the best experience and well communicated finished product possible.”
— Drew Rebman, lead VDC engineer, Hensel Phelps Construction Company
“HP Z Workstation customers are some of the most demanding GPU and CPU customers on the planet. Quadro Pascal will be supported across the HP Z Desktop Workstations portfolio, enabling our professional users to push their creative boundaries in product development, media and entertainment, AEC and anywhere that professional graphics are required.”
— Josh Peterson, vice president of worldwide product management for HP Workstations, HP Inc.
“The new NVIDIA GP100 will be beneficial to our customers in industries such as design and manufacturing who require extreme compute capability for larger datasets. The unmatched power of the Lenovo ThinkStation P910 offers workstation users best-in-class performance with up to three NVIDIA GP100 GPUs, enabling customers in deep learning, AI and simulations to process more data in real time.”
— Rob Herman, general manager and executive director of the Workstation Business Unit, Lenovo
“The NVIDIA Quadro P1000 enables me to work at the speed of thought. Orange County Choppers relies on a number of 3D CAD design and visualization tools to build the most innovative custom motorcycles in the world and the P1000 easily handles everything we throw at it. It’s the perfect GPU for an ultra-compact workstation like our BOXX APEXX 1.”
— Jason Pohl, senior designer, Orange County Choppers
NVIDIA Quadro at SOLIDWORKS World
The entire NVIDIA Quadro family of desktop GPUs will be on display at SOLIDWORKS World, starting today at the Los Angeles Convention Center, NVIDIA booth 628. NVIDIA Quadro will be powering the most demanding CAD workflows from physically based rendering to virtual reality. Visit our partners’ booths to try the latest mobile workstations powered by our new Quadro mobile GPUs.
The new NVIDIA Quadro products will be available starting in March from leading workstation OEMs, including Dell, HP, Lenovo and Fujitsu, and authorized distribution partners, including PNY Technologies in North America and Europe, ELSA/Ryoyo in Japan and Leadtek in Asia Pacific.