nVidia this morning is letting us media talk about their new graphics board, the Quadro K6000. It will ship in the fall.
The K6000 is the Kepler version replacing the older Fermi-based 6000.
(The company has two lines of boards, Quadro for CAD and similar applications, and GeForce for gaming. The K in "K6000" is short for Kepler, the name of the GPU technology the board employs, while the 6000 number makes this board the highest-end model available from nVidia.)
In last Friday's conference call, we learned from nVidia's pr staff that the K6000 replaces the Quadro 6000, and the short spec list is as follows:
- 12GB RAM (50% more than what ships today with most laptop and desktop computers)
- Nearly 2 terraflops of computer performance (5x faster than in the 6000)
- 2,880 CUDA cores (1.7x more than before)
This means animators can preview near final-frame quality in near realtime. Car makers are now generating models with 50-70 million polygons. In the past, designers would cut out the interior in order to fit the entire model into memory; this is no longer the case.
nVidia does not sell their boards directly; instead, the boards are relabelled by companies like ELSA, PNY, and Leadertek. In addition, the boards are options in workstations from BOXX, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Supermicro.
The price will be similar to the 6000, which used Fermi-class GPUs. The exact price will be determined the resellers. nVidia says that none of their competitors has a board as powerful as this one. It takes two slots, is very quiet, and uses 225W of power, so beef up those power supplies!