NVIDIA Launches Maxwell Powered Quadro M5000 and M4000 Professional Cards With 8 GB VRAM


NVIDIA is launching two new professional graphics cards today, the Quadro M5000 and Quadro M4000. The latest Maxwell GPU based Quadro cards are based on the GM204 SKU and feature 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM to meet memory and compute demands of professionals and content creators. NVIDIA is also launching along their brand new DesignWorks software suite which will offer advanced technologies for design applications.


NVIDIA Maxwell Powered Quadro M5000 and Quadro M4000 Launch With 8 GB VRAM

Both of the cards being introduced today are based on the GM204 GPU and available in two models with separate GPU configurations. The Quadro M5000 comes with the fully enabled GM204 core while M4000 comes with the cut down GM204 GPU core (same as the one featured on the GeForce GTX 970). The cards feature sub-200W TDPs unlike the 250W Quadro M6000 which houses the full GM200 GPU core and is the flagship card of the Quadro lineup. The new cards feature support for native resolutions of up to 8K and have full support for Microsoft DirectX 12 API. Following are the detailed specifications of both Quadro based cards.

NVIDIA Quadro M5000 8 GB Full GM204:

The NVIDIA Quadro M5000 is based on the full GM204 GPU core as mentioned above. This card features 2048 CUDA cores, 128 texture mapping units and 64 raster operation units. The core clock is maintained at 1050 MHz (boost) and features 4.3 TFlops of FP32 (Single-Precision) compute performance. The Quadro M5000 packs a 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM that operates along a 256-bit bus and clocked at 6.6 GHz frequency that pumps 211 GB/s bandwidth. The card comes with a TDP of just 150W and comes in a similar package as the Quadro M6000 with a dual slot shroud, featuring a single blower fan. The display outputs include a single DVI and four display port outputs. The power is fed through a single 6-Pin connector since TDP is just 150W which is lower than GTX 980's 165W TDP.

NVIDIA Quadro M4000 8 GB Cut-Down GM204:

The second card which NVIDIA has prepped is the Quadro M4000 that is also a GM204 based professional card but comes with a cut down variant that is similar in specifications to the GeForce GTX 970. The card comes with 1664 CUDA Cores, 104 texture mapping units and 64 raster operation units. The card features 2.6 TFlops of compute performance and has a maximum clock speed of 780 MHz. The Quadro M4000 has 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM operating across a 256-bit bus and is clocked at 6 GHz that gives us 192.00 GB/s of bandwidth. Since the card is based on a similar architecture structure as the GeForce GTX 970, it is highly likely that we will see the VRAM partition issue on this card as well but NVIDIA may also have tweaked it by now so we can't really say if its fixed or not for sure. The card as a TDP of 120W which is once again a lot lower than the 149W TDP of GTX 970 and requires a single 6-Pin connector for power. Since the TDP is low, the card gets a single slot design with a blow fan that pushes hot air out of the exhaust vent on the top of the shroud. Display outputs include four Display port outputs.

The prices for these cards are not released yet but they will likely cost higher than the consumer variants due to their professional market placing. For users who want the best performing Quadro card can always opt for the high-end Quadro M6000 (7.0 TFlops) that comes with 12 GB GDDR5 VRAM or AMD users can go for FirePro series with AMD's latest 24 GB FirePro S9170 (5.24 TFlops) offering.

NVIDIA Maxwell Quadro Lineup Specifications:

GPU NameNVIDIA Quadro M6000NVIDIA Quadro M5000NVIDIA Quadro M4000
GPU CoreGM200GM204GM204
Core Count3072 CUDA2048 CUDA1664 CUDA
Core Clock988 MHz1050 MHz780 MHz
FP32 Compute7.0 TFlops4.3 TFlops2.6 TFlops
Memory Bus384-bit256-bit256-bit
Memory Bandwidth317.4 GB/s211.2 GB/s192.0 GB/s
Memory Clock6.6 GHz6.6 GHz6.0 GHz