Nvidia has introduced the Quadro 400, professional graphics-processing unit that is small enough to fit in small form-factor workstations. The GPU is built for use with computer-aided design applications, such as Autodesk AutoCAD, delivering five times faster performance than high-end consumer gaming cards, Nvidia says. When running CAD applications, the card's performance is up to 10 times faster.
The Quadro 400 consumes less than 35 watts, has 512 MB of DDR3 memory and features a 30-bit color engine with a dynamic range of more than 1 billion color variations. It is available in workstations from HP and Fujitsu and Lenovo is expected to offer the card with its ThinkStation in May. The Quadro 400 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $169.