Nvidia migrates Quadro line to PCI Express

Ready for 64-bit Xeon workstations

Nvidia hopped on the back of Intel's 'Nocona' 64-bit Xeon launch yesterday by unveiling its latest workstation-oriented graphics board, the Quadro FX 3400, the pinnacle of four PCI Express cards ready for Nocona's new E7525 chipset.

Joining the 3400 are the Quadro FX 1300, FX 330 and NVS 280, the latter pitched at corporates who only need to accelerate 2D imagery.

All four boards support Nvidia's Scalable Link Interface (SLI), which unifies the output of two Quadro graphics cards installed in the same host to generate one desktop across multiple displays.

While Nvidia touted the new cards' PCI Express support, they remain AGP 8x parts connected to the new bus via a bridge chip.

The FX 3400 ships with 256MB of G-DDR 3 connected across a 256-bit memory bus for 28.8GBps of bandwidth, indicating the double data-rate memory's clocked at 900MHz. The mid-range FX 3100's 128MB of vanilla DDR is clocked at 550MHz and likewise runs across a 156-bit wide bus. The FX 330 has just 64MB of DDR, operating across a 64-bit bus clocked to 400MHz. Nvidia did not provide core clock speeds.

Nvidia's Quadro PCI Express boards are available immediately worldwide through PNY Technologies (US and Europe), Leadtek (Asia Pacific) and Elsa (Japan), as well as a number of VARs and system builders. Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens and HP have already agreed to offer workstations incorporating the cards. ®

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