AMD has fleshed out its FirePro W-series range of graphics card following the release of the W9100 and W8100 earlier this year – debuting the FirePro W7100, W5100, W4100 and W2100 (the last two being aimed at CAD and medical markets). Nvidia has given almost all of its two-year-old Quadro range a refresh, launching the Quadro K5200, K4200, K2200, K620 and K420.
The first three cards are for creative pros, while the K620 and K420 are for areas such as the financial markets. These cards replace the K5000, K4000, K2000, K600 and 410 respectively – with only the ultra high-end K6000 remaining from the previous line. This is likely to be upgraded at a later date to the K6200.
For 3D modelling and animation, Nvidia says that its new line of Quadro cards can work with models and scenes up to twice that of the previous generation – and performance across both 3D and processing of other creative tasks such as VFX and video encoding up by up to 40 per cent in tools such as those in Adobe's Creative Cloud and Autodesk’s Design Suite.
Nvidia also says that the boards can be used to help push interactive representations of scenes and projects to other devices from phones to tablets to laptops. Details on this are sketchy and we’ll update this story as more information is forthcoming. The company is also debuting tech that it says allows you to quickly switch from GPU-based rendering to cloud- or server-based rendering systems using Nvidia’s Iray rendering engine.
Read on to discover what each board from AMD and Nvidia has to offer.
Nvidia Quadro K5200
The Quadro K5200 is a PCIe Gen 3 board with 8GB of RAM and a 192GBps memory bandwidth. It has 2,304 CUDA cores capable of producing 3.1TFLOPs of single-precision computing power.
The K5200 can output to four displays, with two DisplayPort outputs and two DVI. It’s a dual-height card and uses 150W of power.
The Quadro K5200 costs £1,759 plus VAT.
Nvidia Quadro K4200
The Quadro K4200 has 4GB of RAM and a 173GBps memory bandwidth, The PCIe Gen 2 board has 1,344 CUDA cores capable of producing 2.1TFLOPs of single-precision computing power.
The K4200 can output to four displays, with two DisplayPort outputs and a single DVI. It’s a single-height card and uses 108W of power.
The Quadro K4200 costs £779 plus VAT.
Nvidia Quadro K2200
The Quadro K2200 has 4GB of RAM and a 80GBps memory bandwidth, The PCIe Gen 2 board has 640 CUDA cores capable of producing 1.3TFLOPs of single-precision computing power.
The K2200 can output to four displays, with two DisplayPort outputs and a single DVI. It’s a single-height card and uses 68W of power.
The Quadro K2200 costs £419 plus VAT.
AMD FirePro W7100
AMD’s FirePro W7100 is designed for VFX and video editing work, and can support up to three 4K monitors at 60HHz simultaneously.
The board features HD Multimedia Engines to improve performance when editing, playing and transcoding 4K footage. A Unified Video Encoder supports H.264, VC-1, MPEG4, MPEG2 and MJPEG – including high-framerate 4K footage. The video encoding offers HD video that 12x faster than real-time, says AMD.
The FirePro W7100 has 8GB RAM, 1,792 Stream processors and up to 160GBps memory bandwidth. It replaces the W7000, over which it offers what AMD claims to be big jump in geometry performance, as it can process twice the number of triangles for each of its chips' ‘clock cycles’ using a new form of AMD’s GeometryBoost technology.
AMD has yet to release pricing info for the FirePro W7100.
AMD FirePro W5100
The FirePro W5100 offers up to 190 per cent faster application performance than the W5000 it replaces, says AMD.
The W5100 has 4GB RAM, 768 Stream processors, up to 96GBps memory and can produce 1.4TFLOPS of single-precision computing power.
AMD has yet to release pricing info for the FirePro W5100.