NVIDIA has launched a new graphics platform for enterprise consumers — the NVIDIA Maximus. Featuring Kepler architecture, the NVIDIA Maximus gives workstation users the ability to simultaneously perform complex analysis and visualization on a single machine.
With this second generation of Maximus, compute work is assigned to run on the new NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU computing accelerator, freeing up the new NVIDIA Quadro K5000 GPU to handle graphics functions. Maximus unified technology transparently and automatically assigns visualization and simulation or rendering work to the right processor.
The Quadro K5000 GPU features Bindless Textures that give users the ability to reference over 1 million textures directly in memory while reducing CPU overhead; FXAA/TXAA film-style anti-aliasing technologies for outstanding image quality; increased frame buffer capacity of 4GB; PCIe-3 bus interconnect; an all-new display engine capable of driving up to four displays simultaneously; and DisplayPort 1.2 support for resolutions up to 3840×2160 @60Hz.
On the other hand the NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU features SMX streaming multiprocessor technology for up to a 3x performance per watt advantage; and Dynamic Parallelism and Hyper-Q GPU technologies for simplified parallel programming and dramatically faster performance.
Second generation NVIDIA Maximus-powered desktop workstations featuring the new NVIDIA Quadro K5000 ($2,249) plus the new NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU ($3,199) will be available starting in December 2012. The NVIDIA Quadro K5000 will be available as a separate discrete desktop GPU starting in October 2012.