Nvidia Quadro Delivers Fermi Architecture to Mac Pro Users; Available Now for $1,200

Written By Sam on 17 November 2010

Nvidia is expanding its Nvidia Quadro professional graphics solutions to the Mac platform. Mac Pro users can now leverage the much-touted ‘computational and visualization breakthroughs’ enabled by Nvidia Fermi architecture. So, as the company noted: “For professional users operating on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, this means the wait is over.”

The Nvidia Quadro 4000 graphics processing unit (GPU) for Mac is understood to have been optimized to accelerate workflows and drive a range of professional applications, including the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, or visual effects and image processing applications from The Foundry, including NUKE and STORM, and MATLAB from MathWorks.

Commenting on this development, Ginna Baldassarre, senior product manager at Adobe said, “Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, accelerated by Nvidia Quadro GPUs, have redefined the non-linear editing workflow, delivering huge productivity gains.”

Here’s a look at the Nvidia Quadro 4000 GPU:

  • Comes with 256 Nvidia CUDA processing cores and 2GB GDDR5 memory
  • Incorporates Nvidia Scalable Geometry Engine technology to process up to 890 million triangles per second
  • Provides additional display flexibility through a DisplayPort and a DVI-I (Dual Link) connector built into its bracket, and a 3D stereo bracket for optimal stereo connection to the system.
  • A DisplayPort to mini-DisplayPort cable enables mini-DisplayPort only Apple displays.

Minimum system requirements include:

Mac OS X v10.6.5 or later with MacPro3,1 (early 2008), MacPro4,1 (early 2009), or MacPro5,1 (mid-2010).

The Quadro is available now with an MSRP of $1,200.

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