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Nvidia today followed ATI's workstation-class graphics card launch last week with one of its own.

The first of a "distinctive new family" of pro-oriented cards, the Quadro FX 4400 is nevertheless neither the first PCI Express workstation card, the first such board to support Nvidia's SLI (Scaleable Link Interface) system, or both. The first such boards were announced last June.

The 4400 will be made available in two forms, the 4400 and the 4400G, the latter adding genlock and framelock facilities for broadcast-level and other pro video editing work. Both boards will provide 512MB of GDDR 3 memory across a 256-bit bus running, we calculate, at 550MHz (1.1GHz DDR), for 35.2GBps of memory bandwidth.

Nvidia said both boards can churn out 135m triangles each second with a fill-rate of 6.4bn texels per second. The company quotes SPEC 3DSMAX-02, PROE-02 and UGS-03 benchmark figures of 31.3, 49.8 and 76.4, respectively, for the boards.

Nvidia also launched today the mid-range Quadro FX 1400 and 540, both PCI Express boards that offer 128MB of DDR memory on a 256-bit bus clocked at 300MHz and 137.5MHz, respectively, for memory bandwidths of 19.2GBps and 8.8GBps.

The 1400 also supports SLI, but unlike the 4400 and 4400G, doesn't offer dual-link DVI support. The 540 doesn't support either dual-link or SLI.

The 1400 and 540 pump out 75m and 49m triangles per second, and 2.8bn and 1.2bn texels per second, respectively.

Nvidia didn't provide pricing or precise availability for the four new boards. ®

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