Siggraph 2012: Nvidia launches second generation platform to accelerate non-3D creative tools

Digital Arts | 07 August 12

 Nvidia has launched the second generation of its Maximus technology, which combines a Quadro workstation-class graphics card with a Tesla acceleration board to boost performance of non-3D creative tasks such as video processing and physics simulation.

The second generation platform sees the debut of Nvidia’s new Kepler architecture for enhance performance, which underpins both the new Quadro K5000 graphics card and the Tesla K20 accelerator.

Maximus technology is supported by tools such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya, Assimilate Scratch and DaVinci Resolve. It divides tasks accordingly,  using the 3D card to deliver the best performance for real-time 3D, while the Tesla boards takes care of additional non-3D tasks.

The Quadro K5000 graphics card features Bindless Textures, which give users the ability to reference over 1 million textures directly in memory while reducing CPU overhead.

It supports FXAA/TXAA film-style anti-aliasing technologies for better image quality. It feature 4GB of RAM, plus support for the PCIe-3 connection standard that moves data twice as fast as PCIe-2.

Quadro with quad screens

The card has an all-new display engine capable of driving up to four displays simultaneously, and supports Display Port 1.2 for resolutions up to 3,840 x 2,160.

The Tesla K20 board features SMX streaming multiprocessor technology, Dynamic Parallelism and Hyper-Q GPU technologies – which Nvidia says in a nutshell means faster performance than before.

The Nvidia Quadro K5000 costs US$2,249 (around £1,440) and will ship in October. If you want it and the $3,199 (£2,045) Tesla K20, you’ll have to wait until December. They’ll be available in workstations from Boxx, Dell, Fujitsu and HP. UK pricing has yet to be confirmed.