updated 01:00 pm EST, Fri November 7, 2008
NVIDIA Quadro FX 370 470
NVIDIA on Thursday announced the release of two new entry-level graphics processing solutions for workstations with its first Quadro FX 470 integrated mainboard GPU and the Quadro FX 370 Low Profile standalone PCIe card meant for use in small form factor desktop PCs. Either GPU is certified for CAD and digital media apps by software makers that include Autodesk and Adobe. Both new NVIDIA products feature 128-bit precision graphics processing and 32-bit floating point precision, filtering and blending, along with advanced color compression and early z-culling. They have full-scene antialiasing capabilities as well and support OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 10 for 3D work.
The Quadro FX 470 is a professional equivalent to the GeForce 9400 mainboard chipset and will support Intel's Celeron, Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad, as well as Pentium D and Pentium CPUs along with up to 4GB of RAM and a 1,333MHz front bus speed when using newer processors. It carries the same CUDA-capable, 16-core graphics processor hardware as the 9400 but tuned for pro-grade software.
ASUS is one PC maker that offers the Quadro FX 470 integrated chipset on its TW100-E5 iQuadro PC, along with Amax in its PowerMax X0307, and Colfax and the company's CX900 workstation PC. Other companies haven't been named, while it's also unknown whether or not the hardware is extensible to support the Xeons more common in workstation systems.
The Quadro FX 370LP offers 256MB of memory and a simpler 8-core processor. Like the FX 470, the FX 370LP lets users spread their workflow across multiple displays thanks to NVIDIA's nView hardware and software.
The Quadro FX 470 is available in systems through NVIDIA's partners, allowing them to price their complete desktops at under $700. The Quadro FX 370 LP GPU is also currently available for sale, priced at $149.
NVIDIA Quadro FX 470 motherboard GPU
NVIDIA Quadro FX 370 Low Profile GPU