SINGAPORE — NVIDIA yesterday introduced the Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card — the company’s first midrange professional GPU powered by the NVIDIA Turing architecture and the NVIDIA RTX platform.
Unveiled at the annual Autodesk University Conference in Las Vegas, the Quadro RTX 4000 puts real-time ray tracing within reach of a broader range of developers, designers and artists worldwide.
Professionals from the manufacturing, architecture, engineering and media creation industries witnessed a seismic shift in computer graphics with the launch of Turing in August. The field’s greatest leap since the invention of the CUDA GPU in 2006, Turing features new RT Cores to accelerate ray tracing and next-gen Tensor Cores for AI inferencing which, together for the first time, make real-time ray tracing possible.
The Quadro RTX 4000 features a power-efficient, single-slot design that fits in a variety of workstation chassis. Other benefits include:
- Significant performance improvements — 8GB of ultra-fast GDDR6 graphics memory technology provides over 40 per cent more memory bandwidth than the previous generation Quadro P4000.
- 36 RT Cores — enable real-time ray tracing of objects and environments with physically accurate shadows, reflections, refractions, and global illumination.
- 288 Turing Tensor Cores for 57 TFLOPS of deep learning performance — accelerate neural network training and inference, which are critical to powering AI-enhanced rendering, products and services.
- Hardware support for VirtualLink — new open industry standard meets the power, display and bandwidth demands of next-generation VR headsets through a single USB-C connector1.
- Improved performance of VR applications — new and enhanced technologies include Variable Rate Shading, Multi-View Rendering and VRWorks Audio.
- Video encode and decode engines — accelerate video creation and playback for multiple video streams with resolutions up to 8K.
Ernesto Pacheco, Director of Visualisation at CannonDesign, whose firm uses the Quadro RX 4000 said:
“Our designers need tools that unleash their creative freedom to design amazing buildings. Real-time rendering with the new Quadro RTX 4000 is unbelievably fast and smooth right out of the gate — no latency and the quality and accuracy of the lighting is outstanding. It will enable us to accelerate our workflow and let our designers focus on the design process without the technology slowing them down.”
Availability and Pricing
The Quadro RTX 4000 will be available starting December on http://www.nvidia.com and from leading workstation manufacturers, including Dell, HPI and Lenovo, and authorised distribution partners, including PNY Technologies in North America and Europe, ELSA/Ryoyo in Japan, and Leadtek and Ingram in the Asia Pacific.
Developers can access the powerful new capabilities of NVIDIA RTX through industry-leading OptiX, DXR and Vulkan APIs. Estimated street price for the Quadro RTX 4000 is $900.
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