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11 November 2008, 05:52 PM
Professionals searching for oil, diagnosing illness or styling the next high-performance luxury vehicle all have one thing in common, the need for advanced visual computing solutions. NVIDIA Corporation, the world leader in visual computing technologies, today unveiled the most powerful professional graphics card in graphics history —the NVIDIA® Quadro® FX 5800.

“The size and complexity of data is growing at an exponential rate. The challenge for today’s professional is to make sense of the mountain of data by distilling it into a form they can comprehend, analyze and use to make impactful decisions,” said Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions, NVIDIA. “At stake can be billions of investment dollars, or even people’s lives. The Quadro FX 5800 has advanced features to allow massive datasets to be viewed beyond traditional 3D enabling professionals to make fast and accurate decisions.

The Quadro FX 5800 graphics card offers unprecedented performance and scalability to rapidly visualize and interpret massive datasets that until now were unattainable on a workstation graphics board. Offering up to 240 CUDA™ programmable parallel cores and the industries first 4GB of graphics memory, the Quadro FX 5800 graphics card is ideally suited for oil and gas exploration, medical imaging, styling and design, and scientific visualization. Other advanced features of the Quadro FX 5800 graphics card.

· Interactive 4D modeling with time lapse capabilities

· Massive memory bandwidth of up to 102 GB per second

· Fill rates that exceed 52 billion texels per second and geometry performance of 300 million triangles per second

· Support for next-generation OpenGL and Microsoft DirectX 10 applications

· Advanced multi-system and multi-device visualization environments with Quadro G-Sync II

“Landmark’s recently launched GeoProbe® R5000 software empowers geoscientists with an unprecedented ability to visualize large-scale regional datasets at full resolution from a standard Linux® workstation,” said Nicholas Purday, manager of Geophysical Technologies at Landmark. “The NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 graphics card has a more powerful GPU and superior triangle performance, which make it possible for the GeoProbe application to quickly render large surfaces, and allow us to move many computing-intensive processes to the graphics card, significantly enhancing the overall user experience.” Landmark is an industry leading software and technology services brand of Halliburton, one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry.

"The advanced textured graphics capabilities of the Quadro FX 5800 are enabling CyberHeart to provide 3D radiosurgical target visualization and definition tools for the purpose of treating cardiac arrhythmias,” said Thilaka Sumanaweera, CTO, CyberHeart. “Our applications are processing very large data sets acquired by the state-of-the-art 64-slice CT scanners using respiratory- and cardiac-gating. The Quadro FX cards provide us with the extreme bandwidth necessary to support our cutting-edge technology, and essentially, save lives.” CyberHeart, Inc., is a medical device company developing a non-invasive radiosurgical system for cardiac applications.

The Quadro FX 5800 GPU features true 10-bit color enabling billions rather than millions of color variations for rich, vivid image quality with the broadest dynamic range. Professionals now benefit from viewing their models with higher degrees of precision and realism never before possible.

“Our customers are making important decisions about future products on the basis of RTT-powered 3D real-time models,” said Ludwig Fuchs, cofounder and CEO of RTT. “The new Quadro FX 5800 will be the platform of choice to bring that arena to the next level. Higher levels of realism, physical correctness and large models are now made possible through a double number of cores and a generous frame buffer.” Realtime Technology AG, is a leading supplier of real-time visualization technology and virtual prototyping solutions to the automotive, aerospace, industrial and consumer goods design industries.

Pricing and Availability
NVIDIA Quadro solutions are widely available through leading PC manufacturers and workstation system integrators and NVIDIA channel partners PNY Technologies (US and EMEA), Leadtek (APAC) and Elsa (Japan). The Quadro FX 5800 graphics board has an MSRP of $3499 USD. For more information about the full lineup of NVIDIA professional solutions please visit (

NVIDIA Corporation
NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, a high-performance processor which generates breathtaking, interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles and mobile devices. NVIDIA serves the entertainment and consumer market with its GeForce® products, the professional design and visualization market with its Quadro® products, and the high-performance computing market with its Tesla™ products. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For more information, visit (

11 November 2008, 06:07 PM
looks like the Nvidia dev team who were made up from quite a few silicon graphics dev chaps who moved to nividia have been busy getting back that leap forward that silicon graphics used to hold in the cutting edge of computing.

4gb graphics card is...huge!

11 November 2008, 07:55 PM
holy freaking crap, that is huge. i wish when this was posted they didnt use black text on a grey background....eeehh

wow, it has a connector for stereo along with the two dvi ports.

11 November 2008, 08:50 PM
Still no Double Precision Floating Point Hardware on a new $3.5k Quadro.
ATi have had double precision on their consumer cards since the 3xxx series.. Ppphhh Nvidia!

Pay twice the price for half as much, no thanks!

11 November 2008, 01:38 AM
The new cards offer hardware supported 64bit float at IEEE 754(r) compliance.

This should be just about all the precision you need unless you are working on nuclear fusion simulations or something of the sort.

Are you working on nuclear fusion simulations?


11 November 2008, 02:12 AM
What is so damn hard, after 5 or 6 times you've been told, about understanding that press-releases need to be in a colour scheme different from black on dark gray, and need to go in the press-release subforum of news, and not spam the root forum?

11 November 2008, 03:24 AM
Are you working on nuclear fusion simulations?


He probably couldn't say it, if he were. ;)

11 November 2008, 03:52 AM
What is so damn hard, after 5 or 6 times you've been told, about understanding that press-releases need to be in a colour scheme different from black on dark gray, and need to go in the press-release subforum of news, and not spam the root forum?
wow, you know all the time i have been coming to the news section i never noticed that there was a subforum for press-releases.

11 November 2008, 03:58 AM
Mudbox users will benefit from 4GB of memory.
wow, you know all the time i have been coming to the news section i never noticed that there was a subforum for press-releases.
It is relatively recent, about 6-7 months old.

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