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NVIDIA rolls out mobile Pascal-based Quadro GPUs in a handful of portable workstations

By Koh Wanzi - on 13 Jan 2017, 1:33pm

NVIDIA rolls out mobile Pascal-based Quadro GPUs in a handful of portable workstations

Dell Precision 7720. (Image Source: Dell)

NVIDIA has announced the roll out of its mobile Pascal-based Quadro graphics cards in portable workstations from various brands, including the likes of Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, and Fujitsu. These workstations are the first to feature NVIDIA’s latest generation mobile Quadro GPUs, and are targeted at content creators and professionals that require heavy graphics horsepower.

Some of these products were already unveiled at CES as part of the 2017 line-up of their respective brands.

Among the machines is the 17-inch Dell Precision 7720, a powerful VR-ready mobile workstation designed specifically for VR content creation and featuring up to Intel Xeon processors and NVIDIA Quadro graphics.

HP’s ZBook mobile workstations are aimed at a similar crowd as well, combining performance, reliability, and expandability to appeal to discerning power users.

The most powerful of the Quadro mobile chips based on the Pascal architecture looks to be the NVIDIA Quadro P5000, which boasts 2,048 cores, 16GB of GDDR5 memory, and a 256-bit memory bus.

Together with the Quadro P4000, which has 1,792 cores and 8GB of GDDR5 memory, the two comprise the only GPUs in the new mobile Quadro line-up to be officially certified as VR-ready. Furthermore, while the desktop Quadro P5000 uses the faster GDDR5X memory (and has more CUDA cores), it looks like the entire mobile Quadro series uses GDDR5 instead.

However, while NVIDIA also announced the Quadro P6000 desktop card last year, it doesn’t look like there is a mobile variant of that - yet.

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