Nvidia's ultra high-end graphics card

Nvidia has released a graphics card with 4G of memory'an industry first according to the company. At $3,499, the Quadro FX 5800 is being marketed for high-end visualization needs. This card, with 240 processors cores, can render more than 52 billion texture pixels (texels) per second. The cards can be slotted into PCI-Express x16 and x8 buses for maximum throughput. The card supports next-generation OpenGL and Microsoft DirectX 10 graphic libraries.

Nvidia has also bundled four of these cards into a package, called the Quadro Plex 2200 S4 Visual Computing System. Placed into separate servers, the four cards can be yoked into a single 16G buffer for rendering a high-resolution image. Nvidia provides a C language-based toolset for breaking the rendering into parallel tasks.

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