Nvidia launches Quadro 4000 for Mac

Nvidia has expanded its Quadro line of graphics cards to the Mac, giving Apple users access to the Fermi-based technology.

The Nvidia Quadro 4000 GPU will run on a Mac Pro (version 3 or later) using the OS X Snow Leopard operating system, enhancing Mac owners’ graphics capabilities to run the latest applications and games.

The Quadro 4000 for Mac comes with 256 CUDA cores and 2GB of GDDR5 memory with a 256-bit interface. The Scalable Geometry Engine allows the card to the process up to 890 million triangles per second.

The card also comes with a DisplayPort and DVI-I connector and comes with an adaptor that allows it to work with mini-DisplayPort devices. It supports up to four high resolution displays from a single Mac Pro with two Nvidia Quadro 4000s.

It also supports DirextX 11, OpenGL 4.1, and 3D.

The Quadro card will allow Mac users to take full advantage of advanced advanced applications like Adobe’s Premiere Pro CS5, The Foundry’s NUKE and STORM programs, and MathWorks’ MATLAB, all of which require high performing graphics processing to operate properly.

In the case of The Foundry’s applications they have been used to create some of the special effects behind major blockbuster films like Avatar, Harry Potter, and Transformers, which reveals some of the power behind the Quadro 4000.

The Quadro 4000 for Mac is available this month directly from Apple or Apple retailers in the US, Europe, Asia Pacific, and a number of other regions. It costs $1,199.