Nvidia have just launched what is their fastest ever card for professionals today, the Quadro K6000. Nvidia claim the card is "the most powerful pro graphics on the planet built for tackling the largest visual projects".
The card specifications mean that the card is an absolute behemoth, it is based on the same Kepler Architecture as their consumer parts, the K6000 features 12GB of GDDR5 graphics memory and 2,880 SMX cores which gives it an impressive leap in performance over the now second rung K5000 card.
Nvidia appears to have given the card to a few select companies to see how it performed and this is what each of them had to say:
Animation and Visual Effects - Pixar
"The Kepler features are key to our next generation of real-time lighting and geometry handling. We were thrilled to get an early look at the K6000. The added memory and other features allow our artists to see much more of the final scene in a real-time, interactive form, and allow many more artistic iterations." -Guido Quaroni, Pixar vice president of Software R&D
Product Styling - Nissan
"With Quadro K6000's 12 GB of memory, I am now able to load nearly complete vehicle models into RTT Deltagen and have stunning photorealism almost instantly. Instead of spending significant time simplifying the models to fit into previous hardware, we can now spend more time reviewing and iterating designs up front which helps avoid costly changes to tooling." -Dennis Malone, associate engineer, Nissan North America
Energy Exploration - Apache
"Compared to the Quadro K5000, the Quadro K6000 tripled the performance when running jobs on Terraspark's InsightEarth application. With jobs running in mere minutes, we can run more simulations and get better insight into where to drill. In this business, drilling in the wrong place is a multi-million dollar mistake, and the Quadro K6000 gives us the edge to make better decisions." -Klaas Koster, manager, seismic interpretation, Apache Corporation
Nvidia say that they expect the K6000 to be available towards the back end of this year, with them being available to OEM's such as Dell,HP,Lenovo and other major workstation providers. If you just want to upgrade your current Quadro card they will be available to purchase as a PNY branded card, which we will be hoping to list as soon as stock is available. Prices are yet to be announced however, but with the K5000 currently being £1,637.99 they certainly won't be cheap.