NVIDIA Quadro M4000 & M5000 Push Workstation GPU Performance

Screen Shot 03-16-16 at 10.50 AM 001For professional level video editing and content creation work Videoguys recommends NVIDIA Quadro cards. These cards cost a bit more, but they are over engineered to maximize workstation performance and reliability. If you're building a DIY machine a gaming GPU can deliver the performance you want at a cheaper price, but for workstations we strongly urge you to get Quadro cards. We have just re-configured our Videoguys Tech Select HP Z Workstations to include m series Quadro cards. AnandTech by Ryan Smith NVIDIA Announces Quadro M5000 & M4000 Video Cards, DesignWorks Software Suite Back in March at GTC 2015, NVIDIA announced the first member and flagship of their Maxwell 2 generation of Quadro cards, the Quadro M6000. Packing a fully-enabled GM200 GPU and 12GB of RAM, M6000 signaled an interesting shift from NVIDIA on the high-end of Quadro, with the company shipping what amounted to a “pure” graphics card as opposed to a jack-of-all-trades type card as they typically do at the high-end. Screen Shot 03-16-16 at 10.50 AMMeanwhile, although the M6000 was the first Maxwell 2 based Quadro card to launch, it was not the first Maxwell 2 GPU to launch. NVIDIA has launched GM204 and GM206 late last year and early this year respectively, and of course Maxwell 1 ended up in the Quadro K2200 and a couple of other cards. As a result we have been expecting NVIDIA to refresh the rest of the Quadro lineup with Maxwell 2 after the release of the M6000, and this week at SIGGRAPH NVIDIA is doing just that with the release of the Quadro M5000 and Quadro M4000. We’ll start things off with the Quadro M5000. While NVIDIA has not announced the GPU for these new products, we believe the M5000 to be based on GM204, given the CUDA core and memory bus configuration. By those standards M5000 would be a fully enabled GM204 card, featuring all 2048 CUDA cores and the full 256-bit memory bus, essentially making this the Quadro version of the GeForce GTX 980. Curiously, the M5000 features DRAM soft ECC support, allowing for error correction on the DRAM. Previous 5000-series Quadro cards have also included this feature, but at a GPU level NVIDIA typically reserves this feature for their highest-tier GPUs. With that said, as it’s software based and we’ve seen NVIDIA enable it in a Kepler-based GK104 product before (Tesla K10), for the moment we believe that they have gone ahead and enabled it for this GM204 product, rather than outfitting the card with GM200. read more...

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