updated 10:35 am EST, Wed January 21, 2009
NVIDIA low-profile GPU
NVIDIA on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of the Quadro NVS 420 graphics card, the first low-profile professional graphics card that fits into small form-factor desktops. Meant for use in business applications, the card can support up to four 30-inch external displays with resolutions as high as 2560x1600 but has a maximum 40W power consumption friendly to compact systems, while a variable-speed fansink manages heat and noise levels accordingly.
The card sports 512MB of total virtual memory and has support for four Dual Link DVI and four DisplayPort connections. DirectX 10 and OpenGL effects are supported, with data traveling through a 128-bit bus with bandwidth of 11.2GB per second.
NVIDIA also bundles desktop and app management software with the system that, on Windows systems, lets users create virtual desktops or extend the taskbar on multi-monitor setups. The Quadro NVS 420 will be available in February, priced at nearly $500; the company hasn't said whether the card will be available through specific computer makers or outside of Windows.