Are you tired of the limitations of your current graphics cards video output options? If you’re trying to create a large-scale video wall to watch all your favourite media, perhaps you’re having trouble getting all eight of your 4K monitors connected? Don’t worry, it looks like Nvidia have the almost-perfect solution for you.
The new Nvidia NVS multi-display lineup has just launched, starting with the NVS 810, which is based around the ever-popular Maxwell hardware. With a pair of GM107 GPUs on the card, each with 2GB of memory and a total of 1024 CUDA cores between them, it has plenty of power to push video through its impressive connectivity options; 8 mini-DP 1.2 ports on this single slot card.
While it’s obvious this card isn’t for gaming, its low profile, low-power, design is perfect for the market they’re intended for. The profile and lower heat generated means it shouldn’t be too much trouble using four of these cards together, giving you a maximum 4K display output of 32. If you’re building a display setup for digital marketing, financial trading, sports events and a whole host of other things, that’s going to be a handy feature.
Prices are expected to be around $650 – $750, not cheap, but still good value for money given the functionality.
Maxwell, Maxwell, Maxwell…where art thou? Since Nvidia announced its GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 we’ve seen very little about Maxwell for the desktop graphics card space. A few entries for Maxwell-based Nvidia Quadro products have shown up in an Nvidia Quadro driver release which reveals Maxwell is back. Why is this important? Because new GPU architectures from Nvidia often arrive in Quadro series products near the launch of their desktop counter-parts. The entries that showed up were as follows:
NVIDIA_DEV.0FF3 = NVIDIA Quadro K420 (GK107)
NVIDIA_DEV.13BB = NVIDIA Quadro K620 (GM107)
NVIDIA_DEV.13BA = NVIDIA Quadro K2200 (GM107)
NVIDIA_DEV.11B4 = NVIDIA Quadro K4200 (GK104)
NVIDIA_DEV.103C = NVIDIA Quadro K5200 (GK110)
NVIDIA_DEV.13B3 = NVIDIA Quadro K2200M (GM107)
The sad part for the eagle-eyed among you is that these are only GM107 based products. GM107 is of course the Maxwell GPU at the heart of the GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 so it isn’t anything “new”. The move by Nvidia is perhaps a hint that they are looking to bring more of Maxwell to the market in the near future, but realistically we still have no accurate date on when “new” Maxwell GPUs will be released – such as the much discussed GM204.
VideoCardzhave managed to get a hold of the new Nvidia GM107 GPU die layout. The GM107 is based on the next-generation Maxwell GPU architecture and according to rumours it contains a very different layout to its predecessor “Kepler”. In the GM107 die, which is expected to form the GTX 750 and GTX 750Ti, there are five SMM (streaming multiprocessors) blocks which each contain 128 CUDA cores. This makes it different to Kepler where one SMX unit contained 192 CUDA cores. If these rumours and the above image is true it means that the GM107 features 640 CUDA cores. Apparently all five SMM units are enabled on the GTX 750 Ti meaning it gets all 640 CUDA cores while the GTX 750 is rumoured to have one of these disabled meaning 512 CUDA cores in total.
Apparently the GM107 and another smaller (read: slower performing) chip, the GM108, are both to be built on the 28nm process with the Maxwell architecture. In terms of the higher end the GM206, GM204 and GM200 are the three GPU dies that will succeed the GK106, GK104 and GK110 respectively. These GPUs are expected to be built from Maxwell with a 20nm, not 28nm, process.