A year has passed since the successful launch of Nvidia's Quadro FX1800, and it has to be acknowledged by many as a successful mid range card that had a bit of bang to it.  

In recent months we have covered all the high performing Quadro Fermi performance cards and they have without doubt caught many unaware because of the sheer power beneath the hood. 

Like all professional cards the refresh comes along and so the time has come to reveal the Quadro FX1800's replacement with the Quadro Fermi 2000.  Bouncing right in,  we notice a significant difference within the card’s design. It is smaller yet much more powerful than its predecessor.  

This card promises to deliver much more and at the same price. The big leap in CUDA cores available will let people use their already optimised software for greater performance levels.  Helping this along is an increase in memory bandwidth and that all important step up to 1GB of onboard GDDR5 memory.  

Here are how the two cards differ:

Comparison

System Set-Up and Software Used
Here are the details of the system we used to test the card.

System Specs

Benchmarks and Software Used 64-bit Mode
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
SPECapc  for 3ds Max 9
SPECapc for Maya 2009
SPECapc for SolidWorks 2007
SPECviewperf 11.0 64-bit.   

Each set of tests has been applied on the clean system hard drive shown above to ensure that no residue drivers were left installed with all updates/patches applied. A test/render has been completed many times over different periods of the system uptime. While maintaining the fair play rules of SPEC , HyperThreading and Turbo Boost have been enabled, with the memory being left in its default status. Tests have been conducted in accordance with the resolutions  detailed above @ 59Hz / 60Hz in 32 bit colour.   Results shown within this article are from the application / benchmark's first run in accordance with the SPECviewperf and SPECapc fair play rules.  




 


 


 

Conclusions
This has been yet again an astonishing leap forward in Nvidia's technology within the mid range sector. In most cases there are very significant advances. We have to take into account the new driver being built for this unit.  

We have reviewed over the last few months the complete Nvidia Quadro Fermi Range. Each article shows off each card in tremendous light in its chosen competitive area. Nvidia has done its homework here as the Quadro 2000 is an exceptional piece of engineering. 

One point to note is the clever slim line cooling array built into the 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, 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  excluding tax and shipping. For some, and there are a few, this may be a touch too much, for others it’s a reasonable price point for a professional graphics card of this nature.  

The results shown within both SPECapc SM for 3ds Max 9  and SPECapcSM for Maya 2009  show very considerable improvements over the previous generation.
 
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.  Combining the results into an Excel Spreadsheet we fully see the Quadro 2000 streaking ahead in the major applications.


 

There's a 15 - 20 percent increase in many areas, more within some of the viewsets.

It just goes to show what exceptional work has gone into this card and its driver.