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Nvidia's SLI monster GPU rig


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What do you get for the graphics buff who has everything? How about Nvidia's Quadro Plex 1000, a racked collection of GPUs in their own box, together capable of rendering 80bn pixels every second and powering monitors with a combined resolution of up to 148 megapixels.

It doesn't come cheap, mind - prices start at $17,500. Nvidia has three models on offer. Two contain two Quadro FX 5500 GPUs, while the mid-range version, the Model II, has two Quadro 4500 X2 GPUs - ie. four graphics cores.

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The Model I also contains a Quadro G-Sync board, while the Model II has two G-Sync cards. The Model III has two SDI (Serial Digital Interface) boards for broadcast-quality HD TV work.

Models I and III can do 32x SLI full-screen anti-aliasing, while the Model II goes up to 64x SLI FSAA. The Model II has 1GB of DDR2 graphics memory per GPU, while the other two machines have 512MB of GDDR 3 per GPU.

The machines are controlled from a PC or workstation - 32- or 64-bit, Windows or Linux - connected across a network. Nvidia reckons the boxes will interest not only content creators but folk doing scientific modelling and simulation work.

The Quadro Plex 1000 family is due to ship in September.

News from: RegHardware

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