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Nvidia Unveils Workstation-Class Integrated Motherboard GPU

The Quadro FX 470 is marketed as a less-expensive alternative for designers and engineers working in CAD and digital content-creation applications.

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Nvidia on Thursday introduced a workstation-class integrated motherboard graphics processor that the company claims is a less-expensive alternative to comparable separate graphics cards.

While higher-performing GPUs are available in discrete cards, the Quadro FX 470 fits the needs of many chores performed by designers and engineers, the company said. The FX 470 is designed for standard-size workstation motherboards.

Along with the FX 470, Nvidia introduced the Quadro FX 370 Low Profile graphics card for smaller workstations. Both products are offered at "entry-level pricing" for computer-aided design and digital content-creation applications, such as those offered by Autodesk and Adobe, respectively.

The FX 370 LP has a manufacturer suggested retail price of $149 and offers fanless cooling for a quieter work environment. Pricing for the FX 470 was not disclosed, but it's aimed at systems sold for less than $700.

Asustek is offering the FX 470 in its TW100-E5 iQuadro workstation. "It's a powerful graphics option that we believe the CAD and design communities will eagerly embrace," Tom Lin, general manager of Asustek's server business unit, said in a statement.

Features in both GPUs include a 128-bit precision graphics pipeline and 32-bit floating-point precision. In addition, the GPUs are capable of advanced color compression, full-scene anti-aliasing, and z-culling, which is the ability to reproduce depth perception, such as when a close object is in front of one that's farther away.

Meanwhile, Nvidia also announced that Toshiba has introduced a gaming laptop with three Nvidia GPUs, the GeForce 9400M and a pair of GeForce 9800M GTSes. The Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708 and X305-Q706 are the first notebooks to incorporate three Nvidia GPUs. Prices start at $1,999.

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