The Nvidia® Quadro® 2000 Conclusions and Award

This has been yet once more an astonishing leap forward in Nvidia’s technology within the mid range sector.   In most cases very significant advancements, others not so.  We do have to take into account the new driver being built around to encompass this excellent piece of equipment, the next month should see these enhancements bringing them right up to were they should be placed.  

We have now nearly concluded over the last few months the complete Nvidia Quadro Fermi Range each article shows off each card in tremendous light in it’s chosen competitive area.    NVIDIA most certainly have completed their homework here as it is an exceptional piece of engineering the Quadro® 2000.  But, and there always is, what of the future.  Many rumours’ are firing about – but what to believe.  That is difficult to put to print.   All we can say from this location, is watch these spaces and take fully into account it does take quite some considerable amount of time to put together a professional card and its drivers.  Although, never say never as the crystal ball is a tad cloudy at the moment.

To summarise quickly the key significant differences between the Quadro® 2000 and Quadro® FX1800


Quadro® 2000

Quadro® FX1800

Memory Size

1024 MB GDDR5

768 MB GDDR3

Memory Interface



Graphic Memory Bandwidth

41.6 GB/sec.

38.4 GB/sec.

Graphics Bus

PCI Express 2.0

PCI Express 2.0

CUDA Parallel Processor Cores



One point of note is that of the clever slim line cooling array built into the new Quadro® 2000.   For those who have a supplied chassis that has a good intake fan then the aerodynamic front of the card most certainly will make use of that cool air coming in, keeping key components cooler and in turn ensuring longevity of the product.

Currently the stand alone pricing of the Quadro® 2000 is approximately £370.00 (or for those in EU land approximately €440 Euro’s) before Taxes and shipping.     For some and there are a few, this is a touch too much, for others a reasonable price point for a professional graphics card of this nature.  Therefore if in doubt, shop around and find out.  Ultimately and the end point is that it is down to individual choice, as we have this option now right across the board.  One point of note is that the drums do beat and many are looking forward to the new Quadro® 2000 cards arrival, so get your orders in quickly to avoid disappointment.

The plethora of benchmarks available in this arena; one could spend all day in producing results if the time permitted, paralysis by analysis!  In order to make this a factual hard hitting article we looked carefully at what the community really need  to see, many now have their own in house tests.  It has to be noted that these are very important points to take into due consideration before making that all important final deliberation.  Some may find and uncover that their own internal tests do run much faster than the APC, therefore one has to think very carefully.    The specific professional tests are good as the screen shot shows exactly what the reader needs at a glance without a running commentary taking up that precious time each day demands.   Before moving forward with these in house tests they still rely heavily upon the industries professional benchmarks that the unified good people at SPEC take so much time to produce.   Deviating slightly  – watch these spaces for more news soon on this topic.   

Within SPECapc for SolidWorks 2007 some will be saying nearly the same.  Possibly so though we must take into due consideration that at the time the Quadro® FX1800 was launched the SPECapc for SolidWorks had not been long released.  Todays professional graphic cards within this benchmark do not show their true potential and we are only seeing a snippet of the cards complete potential.

The results shown within both SPECapc SM for 3ds Max 9 TM and SPECapcSM for Maya 2009 have shown very good improvements over the previous generation.  In some places major shifts up.  For the perceptive professional in these arenas productivity will only increase, and, increased productivity in the mid range is a major boost for the final production from the high end solutions within the studio’s.

Within SPECviewperf® 11 the scaling performance upgrade from the Quadro® FX1800 to the Quadro® 2000 has been extremely good in many areas from all the tests shown within.  Combining the results into an Excel Spreadsheet we fully see the Quadro® 2000 streaking ahead the Quadro® FX1800 in the major applications


15 – 20% increase in many places, more within some of the viewsets, it just goes to show what exceptional work has gone into the Quadro® 2000 card and it’s driver.


Overall happy people in Nvidia’s® H.Q. today as summarily ” one prize, one goal, it’s a kind of magic “ award for NVIDIA Quadro® 2000 award for NVIDIA Quadro® 2000

**Updated on 20th Feb 2011**
Editor’s Choice – for Mid Range Professional Workstation Card

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