Quadro FX 4800 for Mac delivers ultra-fast performance and realistic effects for industry-leading applications to visualize and solve the world’s most complex scientific, architectural, and digital content creation challenges.
The Quadro FX 4800 ultra-high-end solution is now available for the Mac Pro, giving architects, digital artists, medical scientists, and other professionals the right set of tools to deliver results that push the realms of visualization. With Boot Camp, users can experience the full features and accelerated performance of native Quadro 3D graphics when running professional Windows applications. Designed, tested, and built by NVIDIA for the Mac Pro, Quadro FX 4800 gives professionals the visual supercomputing power that they deserve from their desktops.
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Every Mac Pro Deserves Pro Graphics Large 1.5 GB graphics memory for real time processing of large datasets enabling increased interactivity and image quality.
Visual Supercomputing Right on your Workstation
Combine high-performance graphics and high-performance computation for analysis of complex, multivariate data.
Designed by NVIDIA- for Mac
Designed, tested, and built by NVIDIA to meet ultra high standards that Mac users expect.
1.5 GB GDDR3 GPU Memory with ultra fast memory bandwidth
Massive 1.5GB frame buffer and memory bandwidth up to 76.8 GB/sec. delivers high throughput for interactive visualization of large models and high-performance for real time processing of large textures and frames and enables the highest quality and resolution full-scene antialiasing (FSAA).
128-Bit Precision Graphics Pipeline
Enables sophisticated mathematical computations to maintain high accuracy, resulting in unmatched visual quality. Full IEEE 32-bit floating-point precision per color component (RGBA) delivers millions of color variations with the broadest dynamic range.
64-Bit Floating Point Precision
Sets new standards for image clarity and quality through 64-bit floating point capabilities in shading, filtering, texturing, and blending. Enables unprecedented rendered image quality for visual effects processing.
Advanced Color Compression, Early Z-Cull
Improved pipeline color compression and early z-culling to increase effective bandwidth and improve rendering efficiency and performance.
Cg High-Level Graphics Shader Language
Cg—“C” for graphics—is a high-level, open-standard programming language for OpenGL that takes advantage of the power of programmable GPUs. NVIDIA® Quadro® programmable graphics pipelines leverage high-level shading languages to enable the creation and integration of real-time photorealistic effects into 3D models, scenes, and designs.
Full-Scene Antialiasing (FSAA)
Up to 32x FSAA dramatically reduces visual aliasing artifacts or “jaggies” resulting in highly realistic scenes.
CUDA Architecture NVIDIA® CUDA™ is a revolutionary parallel computing architecture for Quadro GPUs enabling breakthrough performance in areas such as such as interactive ray tracing, finite element analysis, and computational fluid dynamics.
Hardware-Accelerated Pixel Read-Back
Up to 2.4GB/sec pixel read-back performance delivers massive host throughput.
Highest Workstation Application Performance
Next-generation architecture enables over 2x improvement in geometry and fill rates with the industry’s highest performance for professional CAD, DCC, and scientific applications.
High-Performance Display Outputs
400MHz RAMDACs and up to two dual-link DVI digital connectors drive the highest resolution digital displays available on the market.
8K Texture and Render Processing
The ability to texture from and render to 8K x 8K surfaces. Beneficial for applications that demand the highest resolution and quality image processing.
Next-Generation Vertex and Pixel Programmability Shader Model 4.0
Reference standard for shader model 4.0 enabling a higher level of performance and realistic effects for OpenGL and next generation DirectX 10 industry-leading professional applications.
NVIDIA High Precision High Dynamic Range (HDR) Technology
Sets new standards for image clarity and quality through floating point capabilities in shading, filtering, texturing, and blending. Enables unprecedented rendered image quality for visual effects processing.
PureVideo HD Technology
NVIDIA® PureVideo® is the combination of high-definition video processors and software that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for SD and HD video content. Features include, high-quality scaling, spatial temporal de-interlacing, inverse telecine, and high quality HD video playback from DVD.
NVIDIA Unified GPU Architecture
Industry’s first unified architecture designed to dynamically allocate compute, geometry, shading and pixel processing power to deliver optimized GPU performance.
Professional 3D Stereo Solutions Professional 3D Stereo Solutions enables robust control of stereo effect through a dedicated 3-pin mini-din connection between the graphics card and 3D stereo hardware.
Run Microsoft Windows with GPU Acceleration
Experience full, native Quadro 3D features and application performance when using Boot Camp to run Windows on a Mac Pro.
Ultra quiet design
Engineered to deliver high performance with low acoustics for a quiet desktop environment.
PCI Express 2.0 Compliant
Doubles the data transfer rate up to 5 GT/sec per lane for an aggregate bandwidth of 16 GB/sec bi-directional (8 GB/sec in each direction).
POST Magazine - NVIDIA Shows New Mac Pro Card “NVIDIA introduced a new professional graphics card at this week's NAB show. The Quadro FX 4800 is designed specifically for Mac Pro workstations and features a three-pin min-dim connector for stereo glasses support and up to two dual-link DVI connectors to drive high resolution digital displays.”
Macworld - NVIDIA offers Quadro FX 4800 card for Mac “NVIDIA’s Quadro products are aimed at high-performance computational analysis and professional 3D visualization — architects, digital artists, medical scientists and others. Under the hood is a 1.5GB of graphics memory and memory bandwidth of up to 76.8 GB/sec. It features two Dual Link DVI connectors, suitable for connecting to 30-inch displays, as well as a three-pin mini-DIN connector for working with stereoscopic glasses.”
Cadalyst - NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 (First Look Review) “The new Quadro FX 4800 GPU for Mac features advances in GPU architecture, added graphics memory, and a standard three-pin stereo connector for true 3D stereoscopic imaging, critical to many core professional Mac applications, according to the company.”
TechNews - NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 Coming to Apple Mac Pro “Last month Apple updated its entire desktop lineup, from the Mac mini to the Mac Pro. Next month, Mac Pro users will have even more to get excited about when NVIDIA starts selling its new Quadro FX 4800 graphics card for Mac.”
9Gadgets - NVIDIA Avails Quadro FX4800 To Mac Owners “Mac owners who have been eyeing the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 graphics card can finally lay their eyes on one, as NVIDIA has made available the card to this segment of the computing populace, although it did take a fair number of months after the PC folks have gotten theirs.”
CRN - New NVIDIA Quadro GP Boosts Mac Pro Graphics “Some people might say that graphic design work is best done on a Mac. NVIDIA is trying to cement that reputation by bolstering the already impressive graphics capabilities of the Mac Pro with its newly unveiled graphics processor unit.”
MacTech - NVIDIA brings Quadro FX 4800 to Mac market “To address the direct needs of the Mac user, the new Quadro FX 4800 GPU for Mac features a standard three-pin stereo connector for true 3D stereoscopic imaging, which is critical to many core professional Mac applications, according to Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions, NVIDIA.”
MacMynd - NVIDIA Intros Quadro FX 4800 for Mac Pro “In a rare step for NVIDIA cards for Macs, the Quadro FX 4800 will be available not only through Apple’s online store but also through resellers and in third-party manufactured cards from Elsa, Leadtek and PNY.”
Architosh - Mac Pros get new workstation GPU option “To address the needs of the Mac user, the new Quadro FX 4800 GPU for Mac features a standard 3-pin stereo connector for true 3D stereoscopic imaging; critical to many core professional Mac applications.”
Computer Graphics World - NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 for Mac “NVIDIA brings to Mac Pro users its NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800, an advanced professional graphics card. The Quadro FX 4800 delivers a boost in graphics performance and capabilities, helping users to continue to push the boundaries of realism and performance in markets such as architecture, content creation, science, and medicine.”
Mac Observer - NVIDIA to Release 1.5GB Quadro FX 4800 Graphics Card in May “NVIDIA on Monday said that it will shop its Quadro FX 4800 graphics card for the Mac Pro next month. The US$1,799 video card features 1.5GB of memory, up to two dual-link DVI connectors, a three-pin stereo connector for 3D stereoscopic imaging, a 1.5GB frame buffer, and up to 76.8GB per second of memory bandwidth.”
TechBlips - Quadro FX 4800 for Mac “The Quadro FX 4800 ultra-high-end solution is now available for the Mac Pro, giving architects, digital artists, medical scientists, and other professionals the right set of tools to deliver results that push the realms of visualization.”
Hand Held Technology Conference Portal - NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 for Mac Pro “Good news to Mac users! Apparently, NVIDIA has recently unveil their latest Quadro FX 4800 for Mac Pro users. In fact, you can opt to purchase this particularly expensive graphics card for your Mac Pro for a hefty price of $1,800. On the other hand, the Quadro FX 4800 is really revolutionary.”
Neoseeker - NVIDIA releases Quadro FX 4800 for the Mac “The NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 is now available for Apple highest end desktop system, the Mac Pro. Calling it both “award winning” and the “most advanced professional graphics card” NVIDIA says the Quadro FX 4800 allows users to continue to push the boundaries of realism and performance in the architecture, content creation, science and medicine markets.”
IT Business - NVIDIA rolls out Quadro FX 4800 graphics card for Mac Pro users “The high-end Quadro FX 4800 graphics card … includes a 1.5GB frame buffer with memory bandwidth up to 76.8 GB/sec, a pair of dual-link DVI connectors with some added support for 3D stereo glasses, 192 stream processors, a maximum power consumption of 150W, and some Boot Camp support right out of the gate.”
Xlr8yourmac - NVIDIA announces Quadro FX4800 for Mac Pro “NVIDIA sent an email press release today regarding the new card being demo'd at NAB 2009 in Las Vegas. Interesting to note the comments in the last paragraph that the Mac version will also be available from several retail NVIDIA card companies.”
Mac Pro Requirements: >>To find out if you are running the correct Mac Pro, go to About This Mac to find out what system you are running. You can find this by doing the following:
Go to • About This Mac
Click on the • More Info button
Select • Hardware
The model identifier should be MacPro3,1 or MacPro4,1 (2008 or 2009) or later
Note: MacPro1,1 and MacPro2,1 are not compatible.
Mac OS X Software Version Upgrade
Make sure your Mac Pro software version is 10.5.7 or greater. It is important that you check this first before you install the Quadro FX 4800 graphics board. Click on the Apple icon (upper left corner of the screen) and select About This Mac.
If your system OS X is not at 10.5.7 or later, you need to upgrade.
Use the following procedure to get your system OS upgraded to 10.5.7.
1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen and select Software Update... .
2. Continue to install software updates until your system OS is reported to be 10.5.7 or later.
Mac Driver Upgrade
You will need to install a driver package to be able to run your Quadro FX 4800 for Mac.
The driver package is included in the CD that ships with your product. Please follow the installation guide for further instructions. It is also available for download at the nvidia.com driver here.
In addition to installing the Mac driver, please install the CUDA driver here.
Note: Both the Mac OS X Software version upgrade and the Mac driver upgrade must be completed before installing hardware.
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