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NVIDIA has finally brought its Kepler GPU to all parts of its product range after announcing its latest low-end and mid-range Quadro graphics cards.

NVIDIA launched its next generation Kepler architecture a year ago with the Geforce GTX 680 and slowly trickled it down to mainstream desktop graphics cards, laptops and its Tesla accelerators. Now the firm has launched the Quadro K4000, Quadro K2000 and Quadro K600 aimed at the volume part of the workstation graphics card market.

While NVIDIA brought its Kepler GPU to the Quadro range in the shape of its Quadro K5000 card, its three new models are somewhat more affordable, single slot boards with considerably lower power requirements.


The firm's specification slide shows how the three new Quadro cards sit within its existing range. The Quadro K2000, at least on paper, seems to be the card best bang for your buck, with 364 CUDA cores producing 733 GFLOP/s, with 64GB/s bandwidth to the 2GB of frame buffer memory. Nvidia has managed to package all that up in a board that consumes 51W and comes in at a palatable $599. NVIDIA said it expects this card to be is big volume seller.

NVIDIA confirmed that all of its Quadro boards will be actively cooled and said that only the Quadro K5000 will feature ECC memory. The firm also confirmed that the Kepler GPUs on the Quadro boards are specifically tuned for single-precision floating point performance meaning double-precision performance will be artificially limited, similar to its Tesla K10 and its Geforce branded graphics cards.

NVIDIA said PNY is its workstation board vendor in Europe and the US with Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and Supermicro shipping systems with its new Quadro graphics cards immediately.