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 New NVIDIA Quadro 400 promises Up to 10 Times Better Performance
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Message Text: NVIDIA announced today the NVIDIA Quadro 400 graphics processing unit (GPU), a new professional graphics solution.

Built for use with professional applications, such as Autodesk AutoCAD, the NVIDIA Quadro 400 GPU provides up to 5X faster performance over high-end consumer gaming cards. It also gives up to 10X improvement when running industry leading CAD/CAM applications, according to Nvidia.

Priced at just $169, the Quadro 400 GPU also offers power efficiency, consuming less than 35 watts, and its low-profile footprint means it offers the flexibility to fit into any workstation, including small form-factor systems.

The Quadro 400 processor if featuring 512 MB of DDR3 memory and a 30-bit (10-bits per color) color engine with a dynamic range of over one billion color variations.

Additional features of the new Quadro 400 GPU include:

- Unified Driver Architecture - Guarantees forward and backward compatibility with professional application software drivers, and simplifies upgrading to a new solution.
- Hardware 3D Window Clipping - Accelerated clip regions enable faster data transfer between a window and the frame buffer to improve overall graphics performance.
- Display Connectivity - Dual-link DVI with up to 3840 x 2400 resolution @ 24Hz on each panel, and DisplayPort (DP) with up to 2560 x 1600 resolution.
- NVIDIA Mosaic Technology - Enhances workspace across up to eight displays (using one card per two displays), enabling taskbar spanning, as well as transparent scaling of any application. Works over multiple displays or a single high-resolution display, and with NVIDIA nView desktop management software.

The NVIDIA Quadro 400 processor also supports NVIDIA 3D Vision and 3D Vision Pro active shutter glasses 3D technology .

The Quadro 400 ($169 MSRP, USD) is available immediately for the HP Z800, Z600, and Z400 Workstations, and for all Fujitsu CELSIUS workstations. It will be available later this month and next on select Lenovo ThinkStation D20, C20, S20 and E30 models. It's also available from NVIDIA Quadro channel partners including PNY Technologies in North America and Europe, ELSA in Japan, and Leadtek in Asia Pacific.



Specifications

CUDA CORES: 48
FRAME BUFFER MEMORY: 512 MB DDR3
MEMORY INTERFACE: 64-bit
MEMORY BANDWIDTH: 12.3 GB/s
DISPLAY CONNECTORS: 1 single link DVI-I and 1 Display Port
MAX POWER CONSUMPTION: 32 W
GRAPHICS BUS: PCI Express 2.0 x16
FORM FACTOR: 2.731" H x 5.58" L, Single slot, Low Profile
THERMAL SOLUTION: Active
3D VISION / 3D VISION PRO: Support via USB
 
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