Nvidia has expanded its line of Quadro professional graphics solutions (http://www.nvidia.com/quadro) to the Mac platform, bringing the computational and visualization breakthroughs enabled by the Nvidia Fermi architecture to Mac Pro users.
For professional users operating on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the Nvidia Quadro 4000 graphics processing unit (GPU) for Mac is optimized to accelerate workflows and drive a range of top professional applications. For example, the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 software leverages Nvidia CUDA parallel processing technology. Other examples include visual effects and image processing applications from The Foundry, includingNuke and Storm and Matlab from MathWorks.
The high-end Nvidia Quadro 4000 GPU for Mac, with 256 Nvidia CUDA processing cores and 2GB of fast GDDR5 memory, delivers exceptional graphics performance across a broad range of design, animation and video applications, according to the folks at Nvidia. With new Nvidia Scalable Geometry Engine technology, the Quadro 4000 for Mac can purportedly process up to 890 million triangles per second.
The Quadro 4000 GPU for Mac also provides additional display flexibility through a DisplayPort and a DVI-I (Dual Link) connector built into its bracket, and a 3D stereo bracket for optimal stereo connection to the system. A DisplayPort to mini-DisplayPort cable is also included to enable mini-DisplayPort only Apple displays. Additionally, users can enable up to four high resolution displays from a single Mac Pro using dual Nvidia Quadro 4000 for Mac boards.
Minimum system requirements include Mac OS X 10.6.5 with a Mac Pro built no later than early 2008. The Quadro 4000 GPU for Mac has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$1,199.