Hewlett-Packard today announced the availability of its Z1 user-serviceable all-in-one PC. Unveiled in February at the HP Global Partnership Conference, the Z1 is said to be the world’s first all-in-one workstation with a 27-inch diagonal display. Hit the jump for more.
Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday announced a bunch of new additions to its workstation portfolio. The reinforcement exercise adds a lot of variety to the company's EliteBook series of mobile workstations with three new models - 8760w, 8560w and 8460w, whereas the Z210 is the only new workstation of the desktop variety.
As much as we like dual-GPU videcoards with more pixel pushing power than most games know what to do with, it's not always fun and games in the graphics card market. There's professional work too, and it's the reason why Nvidia's Quadro line exists. The newest entry to Nvidia's professional graphics line is the Quadro 2000D, which was designed specifically for the medical field.
Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, which became available through Windows Update on Tuesday, is nothing more than a bundle of security and stability updates. Nevertheless, it does bring a couple of new virtualization technologies. One of those virtualization innovations, RemoteFX delivers a full-fidelity virtual desktop experience, including support for Windows Aero and 3D applications, through GPU virtualization. Both AMD and NVIDIA have now enabled RemoteFX support in their professional graphics cards.
Read on to find out which cards currently offer RemoteFX support.
Hey, they can't all be GeForce GTX 580 caliber cards and dual-GPU Cayman killers (which we're still waiting on), and sometimes you have to cater to the professional crowd as well. That's what Nvidia is doing with the launch of its NVS 300 graphics card, a GPU specifically designed for the enterprise with 25 percent more efficient power utilization when compared to the NVS 295, Nvidia claims.
"The NVS is built for demanding enterprises that require high reliability, improved manageability, and tremendous value," said Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions Group, Nvidia. "The ability to support legacy and current display types provides an upgrade path without disrupting existing, complex installations."
Nvidia is touting versatile connectivity with the NVS 300. The low-profile card supports single and multi-display setups via the nView Desktop Management software and the built-in Mosaic technology, which allows for taskbar spanning and transparent scaling of any app across up to eight displays.
Nvidia on Monday announced a couple of new additions to its Fermi-based Quadro professional graphics series, including the mid-range Quadro 2000 with 192 CUDA processing cores and the entry-level Quadro 600 with 96 CUDA processing cores.
According to Nvidia, the Quadro 2000 packs 1.5 times the geometry performance of the previous generation Quadro parts, resulting in "dramatically higher performance across leading CAD and DCC applications such as SolidWorks and Autodesk 3ds Max."
The less powerful Quadro 600 is a half-height card boasting the "industry's best performance per watt for applications such as Audodesk AutoCAD 2011," Nvidia says.
Both cards sport 1GB of dedicated graphics memory and include the usual modern-day marketing bullets, including OpenGL 4.1, DirectX 11, Shader Model 5.0, DirectCompute, and OpenCL.
The Quadro 2000 and 600 are available now for $600 and $200, respectively.
Nvidia this week introduced a bunch of new Quadro-series professional videocards spanning from the sub-$100 entry-level solution all the up to the high end that will hit your wallet to the tune of four digits.
"Our mission with Quadro is to help customers solve the world's most challenging visual computing problems," stated Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at Nvidia. "We learn every day from them and are humbled by their brilliance. The new lineup, with the flagship Quadro FX 4800, sets the stage for the next ten years of innovation."
On the lower end is the Quadro NVS 295, which the company says will support up to two 30-inch displays at maximum resolutions. Other cards in the new lineup, along with Nvidia's claimed standout traits, include:
Quadro FX 5800 - first and only 4GB, ultra high-end solution suitable for large-sclae models and datasets
Quadro FX 4800 - ultra high-end solution
Quadro FX 3800 - single slot solution with support for SLI, multi-OS, and SDI
Quadro FX 1800 - best price performance for workstation graphics
Quadro FX 580 - best-in-class entry-level solution
Quadro FX 380 - up to 50 percent faster performance
Nvidia's Quadro-based workstation cards are available now through system manufacturers such as Dell, Fujistu-Siemens, HP, and Lenovo, as well as workstation system integrators and Nvidia channel partners.
Nvidia recently announced that they’ll be releasing a new “professional video editing accelerator bundle” based on their Quadro CX platform. The bundle consists of a Quadro CX video card and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, and they claim that it will be able to encode H.264 video four times faster than a dual-core CPU.
Nvidia reports that rendering times for a one-hour movie requires 10 hours on a dual-core CPU, whereas with their Quadro CX it would only take two hours and 35 minutes.
So if you’re looking to get yourself into the video editing game with a powerful bundle like this one, be sure to act fast. The bundle will be going for $1,999 until March 31, 2009. After that, the bundle will jump up to $2,299.
Nvidia’s ever growing arsenal of graphics cards has just broken into the low profile market with their Quadro NVS 420. The card features 512MB of memory, 11.2GB/sec per GPU of bandwidth, a CUDA Parallel Computing Processor, and can power up to four 30-inch displays at 2,560 x 1,600.
Admittedly the cards specs along with its size make it a pretty impressive little beast, at $499 it doesn’t seem too practical. But, should there be any small form-factor PC users out there looking to get their hands on this much power, it will be available next month.
Depending on the manufacturer of your notebook, finding updated drivers can be somewhat of a pain. After all, we are assuming that searching through a tangled index of cryptic model numbers probably wasn’t the game you intended to play when you bought your gaming notebook. That’s why we are pleased to pass on the contents of a press release we received from Nvidia which is intended to spread the good news. Your laptop’s GPU drivers can now be obtained directly from Nvidia.com. Using a generic driver platform should allow notebook owners to receive much more timely updates similar to their desktop based brethren. As of right now, only owners of 7, 8, and 9 series GeForce chips as well as Quadro qualify for this offer, but it’s a great start.
To further sweeten the pot, owners of 8 and 9 series GeForce chips will be given both PhysX and CUDA support through the beta driver available. A WHQL certified driver is planned for release early next year. This will go a long way towards ensuring better compatibility on gaming laptops and is something I’m sure we would all like to see migrate to other hardware manufacturers.