nVidia Details Quadro FX 5800

4GB of memory. On a GPU. Are you sure?

Its financials may have taken a bit of a hit, but nVidia isn’t ceasing the business of churning out new GPUs left right and centre as a result. Take the ‘industry’s first’ graphics card packing 4GB of RAM, for example. Sure, almost no-one needs the Quadro FX 5800, but you want one, just admit it, it’s okay.

Sporting 240 stream processors in addition to that massive 4GB memory buffer the FX9800 is targeted towards business users needing to handle large amounts of data. Such applications might include “interactive 4D modelling with time-lapse capability” apparently. Certainly with the increasing adoption of CUDA it seems likely more memory intensive processes are likely to me moved to the platform, so the extra bandwidth provided by this card will doubtless be welcomed by some.

Perhaps more amusing than the huge amount of memory bolted on to the FX 5800 is the fact it can’t be used on a 32-bit OS, as there’s a 4GB total system memory limit. I can foresee nVidia tech support getting a few phone calls related to that issue in the near future!

Such a card is inevitably going to be expensive, and at $3,499 (~£2,240) the Quadro FX5800 is that. Qhat else are company credit cards for, though?

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