HP 17-inch EliteBook First To Have Fermi-based NVIDIA Quadro 5000M GPU

July 28, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Here’s some interesting stuff from the HP stables. The computer maker seems to have been waiting for the launch of NVIDIA’s Quadro 5000M, the new Pro graphics solution. The hardware was unveiled only yesterday and the HP 17-inch EliteBook incorporated it under its hood.

The computer maker is, in fact, the first to get this. The 5000M solution is being lined up for the 8740w EliteBook, promising to usher in 320 CUDA cores and a huge 2GB of dedicated memory in its performance. NVIDIA’s Quadro graphics processing units arrive based on Fermi architecture. It also boasts of the new NVIDIA 3D Vision Pro solution. Performance has been rated high, with the new GPUs capable of delivering performance up to five times faster for 3D applications and up to eight times faster for computational simulation.

NVIDIA has said that the Quadro 5000M is being currently offered to computer makers for a price of $2,249. Currently showcased at SIGGRAPH 2010 underway now at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the NVIDIA Quadro 5000M comes with the new NVIDIA Scalable Geometry Engines and leverage NVIDIA Application Acceleration Engines (AXE) to enable the world’s fastest performance across a broad range of CAD, DCC and visualization applications. The have been built on industry standards, including OpenGL 4.1, DirectX 11, DirectCompute and OpenCL, says a press release from NVIDIA. Such aspects prove easy for software makers create and deliver the next-generation of professional applications by tying together compute-intensive tasks such as ray tracing, physics simulation, computational fluid dynamics and real-time video effects processing, it adds.

We also get to hear that HP is not the only one who is getting this installed. Dell will also be offering a 5000M-equipped device. While HP’s Quadro-equipped 17-inch EliteBook comes for $3,000-plus, we are not sure as to what Dell is looking at.

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