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The Nvidia Quadro Plex is an external graphics processing unit
Graphics processing unit
A graphics processing unit or GPU is a specialized circuit designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory in such a way so as to accelerate the building of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display...

 (Visual Computing System) designed for large-scale 3D
3D computer graphics
3D computer graphics are graphics that use a three-dimensional representation of geometric data that is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images...

 visualizations. The system consists of a box containing a pair of high-end Nvidia Quadro
NVIDIA Quadro
The Nvidia Quadro series of AGP, PCI, and PCI Express graphics cards comes from the NVIDIA Corporation. Their designers aimed to accelerate CAD and DCC , and the cards are usually featured in workstations....

 graphics cards featuring a variety of external video connectors. A special PCI Express
PCI Express
PCI Express , officially abbreviated as PCIe, is a computer expansion card standard designed to replace the older PCI, PCI-X, and AGP bus standards...

 card is installed in the host computer, and the two are connected by VHDCI
VHDCI
The Very High Density Cable Interconnect is a 68-pin connector that was introduced in the SPI-3 document of SCSI-3. The VHDCI connector is a very small connector that allows placement of four wide SCSI connectors on the back of a single PCI card slot. Physically, it looks like a miniature...

 cables.

Specifications


The Nvidia Quadro Plex system supports up to four GPU
Graphics processing unit
A graphics processing unit or GPU is a specialized circuit designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory in such a way so as to accelerate the building of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display...

s per unit. It connects to the host PC via a small form factor PCI Express
PCI Express
PCI Express , officially abbreviated as PCIe, is a computer expansion card standard designed to replace the older PCI, PCI-X, and AGP bus standards...

 card connected to the host, and a 2 meter (6.5 foot) Nvidia Quadro Plex Interconnect Cable. The system is housed in an external case that is approximately 9.49 inches in height, 5.94 inches in width, and 20.55 inches in depth and weighs about 19 pounds. The system relies heavily on Nvidia's SLI
Scalable Link Interface
Scalable Link Interface is a brand name for a multi-GPU solution developed by NVIDIA for linking two or more video cards together to produce a single output...

 technology.
! Quadro
Plex
! Quadro
Chip
! # Quadro
GPU
! # CUDA
Cores
! Total
Frame
Buffer
! Display
Channels
! DisplayPort
! FSAA
(Max per Channel)
! Power
Consumption
(Watt
Watt
The watt is a derived unit of power in the International System of Units , named after the Scottish engineer James Watt . The unit, defined as one joule per second, measures the rate of energy conversion.-Definition:...

s)
! Acoustics
! Form Factor
! Notes
|-
! 1000 Model ll
| Quadro FX 4500>
4 384 2GB (512MB/GPU) 8 Dual-link DVI 64x SLI FSAA 640 40dB Deskside or 3U Rackmount Kit >-
! 1000 Model lV
| NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600
2 256 6GB (1.5GB/GPU) 4 Dual-link DVI 64x SLI FSAA 640 40dB Deskside or 3U Rackmount Kit >-
! 2100 D4
| Quadro FX 4700 X2
4 512 4GB (1GB/GPU) 8 Dual-link DVI 128x SLI FSAA 640 40dB Deskside or 3U Rackmount Kit >-
! 2200 D2
| Quadro FX 5800
2 480 8GB (4GB/GPU) 4 Dual-link DVI 2 64x SLI FSAA 640 40dB Deskside or 3U Rackmount Kit >-
! 2100 S4
| Quadro FX 5600
4 512 6GB (1.5GB/GPU) 32x FSAA 1200 Idle 45 dB, Max 72 dB 1U Server >-
! 2200 S4
| Quadro FX 5800
4 960 16GB (4GB/GPU) 32x FSAA 600 Idle 45 dB, Max 72 dB 1U Server >-
! 7000
| Quadro FX 6000
2 1024 12GB (6GB/GPU) 4 Dual-link DVI 128x FSAA(with SLI) 600 Max 32 dB Deskside or 3U Rackmount Kit Host Connection: 0.5M or 2.0M Quadro Plex Interconnect Cable

Targeted audiences


The Plex is aimed at large CGI
Computer-generated imagery
Computer-generated imagery is the application of the field of computer graphics or, more specifically, 3D computer graphics to special effects in art, video games, films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media...

 animation companies, such as Pixar
Pixar
Pixar Animation Studios, pronounced , is an American computer animation film studio based in Emeryville, California. The studio has earned 26 Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes, and three Grammy Awards, among many other awards and acknowledgments. Its films have made over $6.3 billion worldwide...

 and DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. is an American animation studio based in Glendale, California that creates animated feature films, television program and online virtual worlds...

. This product is one of several professional graphics solutions on the market today, along with ATI
ATI Technologies
ATI Technologies Inc. was a semiconductor technology corporation based in Markham, Ontario, Canada, that specialized in the development of graphics processing units and chipsets. Founded in 1985 as Array Technologies Inc., the company was listed publicly in 1993 and was acquired by Advanced Micro...

's FireGL and Matrox
Matrox
Matrox is a producer of video card components and equipment for personal computers. Based in Dorval, Quebec, Canada it was founded by Lorne Trottier and Branko Matić....

's professional graphics cards.

See also

  • Sun Visualization System
    Sun Visualization System
    Sun Visualization System was a sharable visualization solution introduced by Sun Microsystems in January of 2007. It used other Sun technologies, including Sun servers, Solaris, Sun Ray Ultra-Thin Clients, and Sun Grid Engine...

     - uses Nvidia Quadro Plex for 3D rendering and graphics acceleration
  • SGI Virtu VS product line - supports Quadro Plex

External links


System specifications are available from these websites:

Third party information on the Quadro Plex: