CreativeCOW presents IBC 2012: NVIDIA -- IBC Expo Editorial

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At IBC 2012, NVIDIA reported that the NVIDIA Quadro K5000 for Mac Pro systems provides a range of features for dramatically improved graphics performance. According to Greg Estes, NVIDIA Media & Entertainment Industry Executive, Quadro K5000 gives Mac Pro users "the most powerful professional GPU ever for the Mac, with features and performance that will make a substantial difference in their workflows and allow them to create digital content at speeds never before possible." NVIDIA states that the Quadro K5000 GPU for Mac allows content creation applications to run up to two times faster at lower power than the Fermi-based Quadro 4000 for Mac.

The Quadro K5000, based on NVIDIA Kepler architecture, features Cinema 4K display support as well as the ability to process and view up to four displays simultaneously. Other features include a 4 GB graphics memory and support for up to two Quadro K5000 GPUs for Mac in a single Mac Pro. The NVIDIA Quadro K5000 for Mac will be available later this year, with an estimated starting price of $2,249.

NVIDIA Quadro K5000 for Mac. Click image for larger view.

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"Our media and entertainment customers have been asking for a more powerful GPU for the Mac Pro, and we've responded with the Quadro K5000 for Mac," says Estes. "With applications such as Adobe CS6, Apple Final Cut, ASSIMILATE Scratch, Avid Media Composer, and The Foundry Nuke now being accelerated by NVIDIA GPUs, the creative community is demanding the most GPU power they can get. And with applications such as Adobe After Effects, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, Chaos V-Ray RT and eyeon Fusion taking advantage of multiple GPUs in a system, users want to take full advantage of these tools, so we designed the K5000 to be power efficient enough to be able to put two in a Mac Pro. Quadro K5000 for Mac represents a major leap forward in terms of the new performance gains they will get from their Macs."

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"We've also been listening to other specific requests from our customers in the creative community, providing new features like support for very high resolution and frame rates," he adds. "Not only can we support two 4K monitors from a single card, with the K5000 for Mac, we can also support true cinema 4K resolution of 4096x2160 at 24Hz."

NVIDIA also unveiled its second generation NVIDIA Maximus workstation, featuring the Kepler architecture. Introduced first in November, the Maximus platform is now supported by Kepler-based GPUs. The second generation assigns compute work to run on the new NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU accelerator, freeing up the NVIDIA Quadro K5000 GPU, streamlining content creation. Key features include bindless textures that reference over 1 million textures directly in memory, thus reducing CPU overhead; increased frame buffer capacity of 4GB; support for resolutions up to 3840x2160@60Hz.

Among the content creation facilities that have migrated to using Maximus, Chaos Group and a52 are two that are using the new workstation for a more streamlined workflow and more powerful solution for visual effects, film, media and entertainment, and design industries.

The second generation NVIDIA Maximus-powered workstation with the new NVIDIA Quadro K5000 and NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU will be available in December this year. HP, Dell, Lenovo and Fujitsu plus systems integrators including BOXX Technologies and Supermicro will offer the second generation NVIDIA Maximus workstations.

Also announced at IBC 2012 was a new line of Quadro graphics solutions for mobile workstations. The new NVIDIA Quadro mobile GPUs feature Kepler and include the NVIDIA Quadro K5000M, Quadro K4000M, Quadro K3000M, Quadro K2000M, Quadro K1000M and Quadro K500M.

NVIDIA continues to push the envelope when it comes to graphics processors. The NVIDIA Quadro K5000 has both OpenGL and CUDA performance, which makes it ideal as a shared GUI and image processing GPU in such solutions at Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 9.

GPU processors aren't the sexy part of the business, but they're the engines that powers the faster, cheaper, better that everyone needs to stay ahead in an increasingly competitive business. NVIDIA's news at IBC 2012 did not disappoint.