NVIDIA Introduces Quadro® Plex

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  1. Rys

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    With <a href="http://www.siggraph.org/">SIGGRAPH</a> now officially underway, the announcements, PR and event news is starting to roll in. First out of the blocks, hardware wise, is NVIDIA, who have taken this year's event in Boston to announce the Quadro&reg; Plex visual computing system.

    Aimed at the very high-end visualisation and DCC communities, the Quadro Plex VCS systems seem to take Quadro external, housing SLI configurations of Quadro FX 5500 and FX 4500 X2 in chassis you connect to a supported PCI Express host, up to two at a time. And with the Quadro Plex 1000 Model 2, which features SLI QFX 4500 X2s, that means 8 connected GPUs fed into the host system via a pair of PCI Express x16 slots.

    Each Quadro Plex 1000 system -- outlined <a href="http://www.nvidia.co.uk/page/quadroplex_comparison_chart.html" rel="external">here on NVIDIA's UK site</a> -- offers <em>at least</em> 2GiB of connected board memories (2 x 1GiB for the QFX 5500-based Models 1 and 3, 4 x 512MiB for the QFX 4500 X2-based Model 2), 4 dual-link DVI outputs and support for 32X SLI anti-aliasing.

    Those Quadro Plex 1000 systems each connect to the host via a low power (10W) PCI Express x16 connector card and a custom cable. Further, the Model 3 SKU has support for 4 HD SDI (Serial Digital Interface for broadcast-quality video connectivity) channels (no word on <a href="http://www.smpte.org/smpte_store/standards/pdf/s424m.pdf" rel="external">SMPTE 424M</a> compliance) concurrently with a pair of dual-link DVI outputs. Yikes.

    Prices for the Quadro Plex 1000 SKUs have yet to be announced, and the systems won't ship until September, with certified systems also yet to be confirmed. Systems are available in mini-tower (pictured on the Quadro Plex website) or rackmount chassis, and come complete with their own 520W power subsystem. Noise for all is rated to just 40dBA.

    If the specifications are being intepreted correctly, Quadro Plex seems to be the first freely available commercial way to connect 8 modern GPUs to a single system.
     
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    RT render

    I wonder how long it will be before systems like this could render movie quality in realtime. Could this be used as a replacement for dvd based streaming movies? Obvious advantage is scalable resolution but the negative would be sending/storing all the geometry and textures necessary for each scene.:???:
     
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    Can one play games on this? :)
     
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    Yes, but the drivers arent usually optimized for them. Ive used the quadro series of cards, and sometimes it's a bit of a hit or miss to get them to work with games.

    epic
     
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    This is really cool! ...and seems likely more efficient than the Cell PCIE card -- tho not from a power bill standpoint! but from the name I was really hoping it was going to be a set of four Plextors. :???:
     
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    its not really gonna achieve lotr cgi in realtime but will enable higher resolutions + better aa at higher framerates. needless to say this aimed more at pilot / military etc flight (other ) simulators with high resolution screens than home users
     
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    So how long until we see this sort of setup (cards housed in a separate box) for the gaming consumer? This has to be a taste of things to come surely... maybe even as soon as G80, I wonder?
     
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    I'd actually suspect it's more aimed at the GPGPU market. There's no good reason to speak of perf/system size otherwise.

    Uttar
     
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    Mayhem.



    As for home users, that won't come. Noone will place a huge rack eating a few KW of power and producing enough heat to keep the whole house warm into their room. Well, there might be a few "special cases" as always, but I don't think so. Not even to mention that it will cost as much as a mid-class car.
     
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    This looks like the perfect match to go with Gelato 2.0 Pro. :)
     
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    heh, i might have to pick up one of these to sell the RAM inside. ;)
     
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    I doubt even 8 highend Nvidia or ATI GPUs could render movie-grade prerendered CGI in realtome.

    however, lower-end videogame-grade prerendered CGI, or television show prerendered CGI
    may not be out of the question. although not with this type of system with this API. it does not seemed to be aimed at focusing all of the GPUs on creating more complex scenes (I could be wrong) but rather, higher resolutions, much more anti-aliasing, and higher framerates.
     
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