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Thursday, 02 December 2010 14:27

Nvidia intros NVS 300 enterprise graphics card

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8-monitor support for peanuts

Nvidia has launched the NVS 300, a rather interesting piece of kit aimed at business users rather than gamers or design professionals.

The NVS 300 replaces the NVS 295 and it should offer better performance-per-watt and a 25 percent reduction in overall power consumption. It’s a low profile card with passive cooling, so it’s silent, which is a fact much appreciated by business users.

The big news is 8-monitor support, which is quite impressive from such an affordable card. Nvidia claims the card will improve user productivity, but since it is aimed at securities traders and bankers, we believe the additional monitors will merely help them screw up the economy a bit faster and lose more of our money in the process.

The MSRP stands at $149 and the card will be available in PCIe x16 and x1 flavours.

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-30 #1 Nerdmaster 2010-12-02 14:54
8 monitors with no serious 3d performance is only needed in certain applications so this card wont sell very well. I bet next year Nvidia will release their version of Eyefinity on consumer cards.
 
 
-29 #2 Nerdmaster 2010-12-02 15:12
Cayman will be released next week and we still don't know anything for sure. Some people claim up to 3x the performance of Cypress in high tesselasion games - benchmarks, 50% more performance on double precision operations, improved power management, better crossfire (80-90% scalling) 6 monitor support per card, more performance / watt than Cypress, 2,5 the performance of 6870 in 2560x1600 with AA, advanced AA support, more opencl performance than Cypress, small overclocking potential, 2x geometry performance of Cypress and finally huge number of TMUs (96 or 120).

Some rumors claim 1536 or 1920 and even 2048 - 2400 sps (is it possible???) at 380 - 480 mm2. Still smaller than the 530-550 mm2 580 according to the rumors.
 
 
+54 #3 Memristor 2010-12-02 15:58
@Nerdmaster, It competes with solutions from Matrox for industrial applications. It's not meant for 3D or desktop use. Cards like this go into digital signage or other commercial multi-display configurations like stock market displays etc.
 
 
-25 #4 Nerdmaster 2010-12-02 16:54
Quoting Memristor:
@Nerdmaster, It competes with solutions from Matrox for industrial applications. It's not meant for 3D or desktop use. Cards like this go into digital signage or other commercial multi-display configurations like stock market displays etc.

Quoting Nerdmaster:
8 monitors with no serious 3d performance is only needed in certain applications so this card wont sell very well. I bet next year Nvidia will release their version of Eyefinity on consumer cards.

But that is what I mean, that this card is sth that very few people would need.
 
 
+23 #5 Quartz 2010-12-02 17:43
Isn't your article rather disingenuous? According to http://www.nvidia.com/object/desktop-nvs.html, the NVS 300 card only supports 2 monitors, but you can have 4 of them. You could do it more simply with 2 NVS 4xx cards.
 
 
+24 #6 Alexko 2010-12-02 17:43
"The big news is 8-monitor support, which is quite impressive from such an affordable card."

From what I gathered, you need 4 of those cards to get 8-monitor support, one alone will only get you dual-monitor support, which makes sense considering this is a "conventional" GPU without anything like Eyefinity.

It seems NVIDIA is doing the multi-display part purely in software, through the drivers.
 
 
+13 #7 yasin 2010-12-02 18:13
so, where is that nvidia fan who was slating eyefinity earlier?
 
 
-10 #8 Nerdmaster 2010-12-02 19:43
Quoting yasin:
so, where is that nvidia fan who was slating eyefinity earlier?

Who do you mean me?
As for myself am not an Nvidia fan. Actually if you search my previous posts in Fudzilla I am sure that you will think of the opposite. ;-)
The last Nvidia card that I had was 6800 for my hi-end laptop. It was fried right after the warranty ended :sad: (1 year and a half). After that I swore that I will never buy a Nvidia hi-end card for laptop :sigh: . Then I bought 1900XTX and 3870. 8)
I had many cards from both camps before 6800. (My favourite was 9800 from ati).
 
 
-14 #9 Nerdmaster 2010-12-02 20:14
Has anyone thought that full Barts may have 1280 sps?
Juniper : 800 sps / 166 mm2 = 4.81 sps / mm2.
Barts : 1120 sps / 256 mm2 = 4.375 sps / mm2.
Both chips do no support dp. Also Barts has Redwood memory controller that saves much die space.
Also 1280 / 256 = 5 (just a little better than juniper). Ofcourse barts has other improvements over Juniper so those numbers may be useless.
Again Cypress that has dp: 1600 sps / 334 mm2 = 4.79 (Almost the same as Juniper!).
From my point of view 68xx series are weird. :-?
 
 
+5 #10 spede 2010-12-02 20:44
I don't think they have HW support for those monitors like ATI has. Some software based stupid tricks. Just google the image of this "NVS" and you can see only one display output there which is DVI. Also whopping 64-bit memory interface is not probably enough to drive pong in 8 displays.
 

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