New Nvidia Quadro graphics cards boost performance from Photoshop and Illustrator to After Effects and Nuke

Nvidia has launched six new pro-grade boards: the Quadro P400, P600, P1000, P2000 and P4000 - plus the GP100 for rendering.


Until now, if you wanted to get a workstation-class graphics card based on Nvidia's latest tech - the Pascal architecture - you'd have to spend at least £1,600 on the Quadro P5000 (or its big sister, the P6000). Less expensive boards used the older Maxwell tech, or its predecessor, Keplar.

Today, Nvidia has launched a full set of boards based on Pascal that the company says offers up to twice the performance of previous cards. There are two boards aimed at mainstream users of tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator, the Quadro P400 and P600.

For more demanding users of those tools - or entry-level users of video or animation software such as 3ds Max, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Maya or Nuke, there are the P1000 and P2000. Above this comes the P4000, which has 'VR Ready' certification for powering the likes of Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive (including creating content for those platforms).

Nvidia's also announced the GP100, which is specifically aimed at applications that don't require the display of 3D graphics on screen - such as 3D or VFX rendering. It has a lower amount of RAM than other cards - 16GB, compared to the top-of-the-line P6000's 24GB - but it's 16GB of second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2). This makes loading things such as textures from memory for processing significantly faster, so rendering times come down a lot.

Read on for the specs for the cards. The number of CUDA cores reflects the level of performance, as it's how many tasks the card can do at once. Pricing and availability has yet to be announced.


Quadro P400

CUDA cores: 256
Memory: 2GB
Output: 3x miniDisplayPort 1.4 to 3x 4K displays at 60Hz
Replaces: K420

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Quadro P600

CUDA cores: 384
Memory: 2GB
Output: 4x miniDisplayPort 1.4 to 4x 5K displays at 60Hz
Replaces: K620


Quadro P1000

CUDA cores: 640
Memory: 4GB
Output: 4x miniDisplayPort 1.4 to 4x 5K displays at 60Hz
Replaces: K1200

The P400, P600 and P1000 are low-profile boards that will fit in smaller chassis.


Quadro P2000

CUDA cores: 1,024
Memory: 5GB
Output: 4x miniDisplayPort 1.4 to 4x 5K displays at 60Hz
Replaces: M2000

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Quadro P4000

CUDA cores: 1,792
Memory: 8GB
Output: 4x miniDisplayPort 1.4 to 4x 5K displays at 60Hz (or 4x 4K displays at 120Hz)
Replaces: M4000


Quadro GP100

CUDA cores: 1,792 FB 64 / 3,584 FB 32
Memory: 16GB HBM2
Output: 4x miniDisplayPort 1.4 + 1x DVI to 4x 5K displays at 60Hz (or 4x 4K displays at 120Hz)
Multi-GPU: NVLink (2-way)