Nvidia Quadro Plex

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The Nvidia Quadro Plex is an external graphics processing unit (Visual Computing System) designed for large-scale 3D visualizations. The system consists of a box containing a pair of high-end Nvidia Quadro graphics cards featuring a variety of external video connectors. A special PCI Express card is installed in the host computer, and the two are connected by VHDCI cables.

Specifications[edit]

The Nvidia Quadro Plex system supports up to four GPUs per unit. It connects to the host PC via a small form factor PCI Express card connected to the host, and a 2-meter (6.6-foot) Nvidia Quadro Plex Interconnect Cable. The system is housed in an external case that is approximately 9.49 inches in height, 5.94 inches in width, and 20.55 inches in depth and weighs about 19 pounds. The system relies heavily on Nvidia's SLI technology.

Quadro
Plex
Quadro
Chip
# Quadro
GPU
# CUDA
Cores
Total
Frame
Buffer
Display
Channels
DisplayPort FSAA
(Max per Channel)
Power
Consumption
(Watts)
Acoustics Form Factor Notes
1000 Model ll Quadro FX 4500 4 384 2GB (512MB/GPU) 8 Dual-link DVI 64x SLI FSAA 640 40dB Deskside or 3U Rackmount Kit Host Connection: 2M (6.5 foot) NVIDIA Quadro Plex Interconnect Cable
1000 Model lV Quadro FX 5600 2 256 3GB (1.5GB/GPU) 4 Dual-link DVI 64x SLI FSAA 640 40dB Deskside or 3U Rackmount Kit Host Connection: 2M (6.5 foot) NVIDIA Quadro Plex Interconnect Cable
2100 D4 Quadro FX 4700 X2 4 512 4GB (1GB/GPU) 8 Dual-link DVI 128x SLI FSAA 640 40dB Deskside or 3U Rackmount Kit Host Connection: 2M (6.5 foot) NVIDIA Quadro Plex Interconnect Cable
2200 D2 Quadro FX 5800 2 480 8GB (4GB/GPU) 4 Dual-link DVI 2 64x SLI FSAA 640 40dB Deskside or 3U Rackmount Kit Host Connection: 2M (6.5 foot) NVIDIA Quadro Plex Interconnect Cable
2100 S4 Quadro FX 5600 4 512 6GB (1.5GB/GPU) 32x FSAA 1200 Idle 45 dB, Max 72 dB 1U Server Host Connection: 0.5M or 2.0M Quadro Plex Interconnect Cable
2200 S4 Quadro FX 5800 4 960 16GB (4GB/GPU) 32x FSAA 600 Idle 45 dB, Max 72 dB 1U Server Host Connection: 0.5M or 2.0M Quadro Plex Interconnect Cable
7000 Quadro 6000 2 1024 12GB (6GB/GPU) 4 Dual-link DVI 128x FSAA(with SLI) 600 Max 32 dB Deskside or 3U Rackmount Kit Host Connection: 0.5M or 2.0M Quadro Plex Interconnect Cable

Targeted audiences[edit]

The Plex is aimed at large CGI animation companies, such as Pixar and DreamWorks Animation. This product is one of several professional graphics solutions on the market today, along with ATI's FireGL and Matrox's professional graphics cards.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

System specifications are available from these websites:

Third party information on the Quadro Plex: