Nvidia entered the DirectX 11 workstation graphics segment today, announcing several Fermi-based Quadro products. The new parts include the Quadro 6000, 5000 and 4000 cards, the Quadro 5000m mobile chip, and the Quadro Plex 7000 external visual system.

Nvidia claims its new GPUs are up to five times faster for 3D performance and eight times quicker for computational simulation than their predecessors. They also pack more VRAM, and the 5000 and 6000 series units have ECC memory. Here's a breakdown of the specs:

Product CUDA
Quadro 4000 256 2GB 256-bit 89.6GB/s 142W
Quadro 5000 352 2.5GB 320-bit 120GB/s 152W
Quadro 6000 448 6GB 384-bit 144GB/s 225W
Quadro 5000M 320 2GB 256-bit 76.8GB/s 100W
Quadro Plex 7000 896 12GB 384-bit 144GB/s N/A

The Quadro 4000 and 5000 are already available with an MSRP of $1,149 and $2,249, while the 6000 and Quadro Plex 7000 will ship later this year for $4,999 and $14,500. Workstation OEM partners include Dell, HP, Lenovo, Boxx Technologies, and NextComputing, and HP has already announced that its 17-inch EliteBook 8740W will soon be updated with the Quadro FX 5000M.