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Nvidia's new Quadro cards offer Titan X-beating power with a price to match

If you thought AMD’s new pro-focused graphics card was something special, Nvidia might have something to say about that. It has also launched some new graphics cards aimed at enterprise users, and those Quadro cards bring the power.

Announced at this week’s SIGGRAPH 2016 graphics conference, Nvidia’s new Quadro P6000 and P5000 are something quite special, with the former trouncing even the recently announced Titan X graphics card, which was a monster in itself.

The specifications on these are immense. The P5000 packs 2,560 CUDA parallel processing cores, 16GB of GDDR5X memory with a max power consumption of just 180w. While impressively efficient, though, it still delivers 8.9 teraflops of performance.

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In comparison, the larger and more powerful Quadro P6000 is able to output 12 teraflops, thanks to its 3,840 CUDA parallel processing cores and 24GB of GDDR5X memory. Its power consumption is a little higher at 250w though.

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Both cards are based on the same Pascal architecture as the GTX 1070 and 1080 graphics cards, though these are in a whole new world of raw performance if the numbers claimed by Nvidia are true. That should make them more than capable for tasks like virtual reality development, as well as video rendering and 3D work.

Nvidia is also touting 360 video editing as a job these cards as great for, according to RoadToVR. Stitching together several different video feeds is hefty work for a system, so something like one of these would be certainly suited to the task.

However, anyone planning to use either the Quadro P5000 or P6000 for anything will need to have deep pockets. The latter of those two cards comes in at $4,000, so they’re far from cheap. If you don’t have quite that much, you could always opt for Nvidia’s new Pascal Titan X. It’s not quite as monstrously powerful as these, but it’s only a couple of teraflops short.