Nvidia this week introduced two new Quadro graphics cards to power workstations.
During the Siggraph conference in California, the chip maker unveiled the Quadro Pascal platform—its “most powerful GPU architecture ever.”
Aimed at artists, designers, and animators, the platform features the Pascal-based P5000 and P6000 cards, the first with 2,560 CUDA cores, 16GB of GDDR5X memory, and nearly 9 teraflops of computing performance. The P6000 (pictured) boasts 3,840 CUDA cores, 24GB of memory, and 12 teraflops.
The P5000 and P6000 are compatible with a new VRWorks 360 Video SDK, which enables developers to create apps that capture, stitch together, and live stream 4K videos to create 360-degree virtual content.
Nvidia is also adding graphics acceleration to popular film-quality renderer mental ray and releasing Nvidia Optix 4—the latest version of its GPU ray-tracing engine that lets designers work with scenes up to 64GB.
“Often our artists are working with 50GB or higher datasets. The ability to visualize scenes of this size interactively gives our artists the ability to make creative decisions more quickly,” Pixar CTO Steve May said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to testing the limits of Pascal and expect the benefits to our workflows to be huge.”
According to Engadget, the Nvidia Quadro graphics cards will ship sometime in October; an exact release date and pricing tier have not yet been revealed.