Nvidia launches NVS 300 for multi-display enterprise setups

By on December 2, 2010, 2:50 PM
Nvidia has introduced a new graphics card to its NVS enterprise line, which emphasizes low power consumption and support for multi-display configurations. The Quadro NVS 300 operates 25% more efficiently than the NVS 295, which translates to 5.5W less power consumed. That's quite a savings when you consider the NVS 295 has a maximum consumption of only 23W. Thanks to its sub-18W TDP, the low-profile card is passively cooled, so it should be about as quiet as GPUs get.

That also means it carries relatively modest specs, including 16 stream processors and 512MB of DDR3 RAM with a 64-bit memory interface. In other words, no, it can't run Crysis. However, the NVS 300 comes in both PCIe X1 and X16 configurations, and it can drive up to two displays over DVI-I, VGA and DisplayPort via one DMS59 connector. Each interface maxes out at a different resolution. The card can pump up to 1920x1200 pixels via DVI-I, 2048x1536 via VGA, and 2560x1600 over DisplayPort.

Nvidia says its Mosaic technology (which requires Windows 7) can scale the Windows taskbar or any application across up to eight displays, but we assume that can't be done with a single card as the product page clearly says that each board only supports two screens. We've requested more information and we'll update this post if we hear back. In the meantime, businesses located in the US, Europe and elsewhere around the globe should be able to purchase the NVS 300 for about $149.

Update: Nvidia has confirmed that each NVS 300 only supports two displays. Four cards are required to drive eight displays.

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lchu12 lchu12 said:

Nice...will definitely keep this card in mind.

KG363 KG363 said:

but can it run crysis...........warhead?

TeamworkGuy2 said:

Why are enterprise video cards always so expensive?

Sounds like similar specs and power consumption to a HD 4550 or HD 5450...

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

kg363 said:

but can it run crysis...........warhead?

If I knew you I'd hit you. =p

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Why are enterprise video cards always so expensive?

Drivers are another level up from desktop boards. Workstation/HPC/business cards usually have 24/7 support -which is at a much higher level than any gaming card- factored into it's pricing.

The cards are designed for display monitors, multi screen security camera operations and business enviroments in general. The $149 pricetag doesn't mean as much when taxation allowances ( inc depreciation) and general business expenditure substitute for an individuals hard-earned cash.

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