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nVidia Quadro FX 5800 graphics card launches

High-end chip not for gamers

nVidia has released the nVidia Quadro FX 5800 a high-end graphics card that offers high performance for professional applications.

The nVidia Quadro FX 5800 packs 4GB and 240 graphics processor cores, and costs $3,500 (around £2,242).

The nVidia Quadro FX 5800 is designed for professional users that want to tap the parallel processing power of graphics chips to crunch massive amounts of data without overloading the microprocessor inside a computer.

With 102GB per second of memory bandwidth, the nVidia Quadro FX 5800 has a fill rate of 52 billion texture elements (texels) per second and can draw 300 million triangles per second, nVidia said.

Designed for use in financial modelling, medical imaging, and exploration for oil and gas, among other industries, the nVidia Quadro FX 5800's 240 processor cores can be programmed using nVidia's Cuda C-Language development environment and tools.

Quadro FX 5800 boards are currently available from PNY Technologies in the US and Europe, Elsa in Japan, and Leadtek in the rest of Asia.

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