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NVidia Shows Love to Creative Professionals with Lower priced Quadro Cards

By Anthony Thurston on March 9th 2013

Being a creative professional these days almost always means you will be married to some form of a computing device, be it for editing photos or cutting videos. The problem is that as technology has progressed these files we are working with are getting bigger and bigger and take more juice to process. Graphics card maker NVidia recently shed light on its latest group of workstation graphics cards aimed directly at creative professional who need a lot of juice to get the job done.

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The three new cards start at the top with the K4000 listed at $1,269 which features 768 CUDA Cores, 3GB of RAM, and 134GB of Memory Bandwidth – the device tops out at 1.246 TFLOPs. The next in line is the K2000 listed at $599, it features half as much CUDA cores, 2GB of RAM, and 67GB of Memory bandwidth – it tops out at 733 GFLOPS. The final addition to the group is the K600, listed at $199. The K600 features 192 CUDA cores, 1GB RAM, 29GB Memory Bandwidth, and tops out at 336 GFLOPS.

I am very excited about these cards and their pricing structure. I am probably going to run out and pick up one of the K600 cards to replace my old GeForce card that is currently on its last legs. The card should help greatly with my photo and video editing, and vastly improve on my machines performance.

[via Endgadget]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Nico Socha

    Yeah the Quadros are nice but the architecture is the same as the counterpart from the Geforce series. There are not many reasons why you need a “Quadro”, from my point of view there are only 2 good reasons and they are not applicable for every user:

    First reason: Quadro cards have certified drivers for the most software packages outside (but to be honest i never had any issues with the normal Geforce cards and drivers).

    Second reason: For Videocutters, you have the genlock function but this is only necessary in a profesional environment.

    Because the Quadro cards have special proofed drivers they are not so “tweaked” like the Geforce drivers. Take a Geforce with the same GPU and memory amount and the Geforce will beat the Quadro. In the absolute HighEnd area NVIDIA only offer a couple of Quadros wich are faster than the fastest Geforce but only because they have more memory the GPU is all most the same.

    Did i forgot anything that makes the Quadros better? Let me know.

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