NVIDIA Announces Quadro K5000 Professional GPU for Mac Pro

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    As noted by Engadget, NVIDIA has announced that the Quadro K5000 will be available for the Mac Pro later this year.

    The Kepler-based design offers a professional-class GPU for the Mac. Features listed by NVIDIA include:

    - Cinema 4K display support (4096x2160 resolution)
    - A new display engine that can drive up to four displays simultaneously
    - 4 GB graphics memory that provides faster interactivity when using design and content creation applications
    - Based on NVIDIA Kepler architecture, which enables the Quadro K5000 GPU for Mac to run key content creation applications up to 2x faster at lower power than the Fermi-based Quadro 4000 for Mac(3)
    - Support for up to two Quadro K5000 GPUs for Mac in a single Mac Pro
    - Support for OpenGL, OpenCL and NVIDIA CUDA(TM)

    NVIDIA describes the Quadro K5000 as ideal for professional applications such as video editing, color correction, compositing, design visualization and GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D rendering. Estimated pricing starts at $2,249 and availability later this year.

    Article Link: NVIDIA Announces Quadro K5000 Professional GPU for Mac Pro
  2. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
  3. q64ceo macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2010
    Two thousand dollars, for a graphics card?

    Is this a joke?
  4. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    Apparently you're unfamiliar with the Quadro and Tesla lines. They are not designed for gaming or typical use. It's not really cheap to anyone. It's just one of those things where if you need it, you're probably quite aware of it.
  5. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    Will nvidia support with driver updates & support in general or do they just want our couple of grands?

    it's been a serious issue for professionals with quadro cards for a long time.
  6. Spacedust macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2009
    Will Apple make screen like this ?
  7. Seraph301083 macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2009
    this is a normal price point for a high end workstation graphics card
    the quadro 5000 on my win 7 workstation was about 2500$
  8. madrag macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007
    Now all we need is a new Mac Pro to fit this in.
  9. macsilvio macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2008
    Milan Italy
    Yes...!!! One more thing at 9/12/12 in memory of Steve.
  10. mjsanders5uk macrumors regular

    May 11, 2009
    On the contrary, for the people this is aimed at (video editors, colourists, 3D graphics), $2000 is cheap and represents a minor investment in a room that could have $20,000 or hardware and software.

    It's a fact of life - they aren't looking to sell millions of these, perhaps 10's of 1000's at the most so its simple economics.
  11. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    I thought Mountain Lion has driver support for "non-Mac" graphics cards? I definitely know that the GTX 560 Ti is supported; asides from no EFI screen, it works like a charm on my Mac.
  12. WatchTheThrone macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2011
    This a sign that the Mac pro is coming this year....but what about that iMac I need????
  13. chatfan macrumors regular


    Nov 2, 2006
    in mah cribb yo
    Still waiting for my Quadro 4000 to show it's usefulness, might as well get three iMacs for the money I wasted on this Mac Pro. Motion, AE, Final cut and Premiere run smoother and more reliable on my 17MBP. And its a lot nicer to my electrical bill.

    New cards are great but the whole architecture of the Mac Pro needs to be updated from 2004 to 2012 tech before it is actually useful. Besides with Apple still deciding how I should work and what is important, jumping back to windows for video and visuals might be a better option then wasting more money on poorly supported hardware.

    Not sure I can face the horror of popups I left behind a few years ago.
  14. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    4 GB VRAM.
    LOL: Maybe this card would handle X-Plane 10 at max settings. :p

    OTOH, the pro-cards are not the best gaming cards. But, 4 GB of VRAM does help X-Plane 10!
  15. q64ceo macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2010
    Thank you for the correction.


    You are correct in your assumption. Thank you for your explanation.
  16. bearda macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2005
    Germantown, MD
    Why would Apple make a screen at that resolution when they don't produce a video card that can drive it? If it only works with a third-party card chances are you'd need a third-party screen.
  17. Mac Kiwi macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2003
    New Zealand
    Why can't Nvidia release another model of Quadro for the mac?......I don't get it, They would sell three times as many Quadros if they were at a cheaper price point, maybe more

    Hell give people the choice of say 3 in the line. Makes me wonder if Apple simply don't want more then one Quadro option.

    The Quadro series drivers for Mac never seem to be on par, performance wise with the PC ones.
  18. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    What version is your Mac Pro?
    I was thinking of getting the 4000, now maybe the 5000 to speed up the workflow in Premiere for my RED EPIC footage.

    Other people I work with are very happy with the performance of the 4000 in Premiere
  19. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    Well stated. While I use a multitude of platforms, I've preferred OS X for over a decade. I am very saddened by Apple's focus on mobile devices while those of us who depend on Mac's for our living are left in the dust. This is not a "post-PC era", and while I love my iPhone and iPad, I cannot use them for HD rendering, AutoCAD, etc. and need desktop screen real estate. Apple has enough money in cash alone to cover both markets and make a profit. If 2013 is more of the same, I will have no recourse but to leave OS X.
  20. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Funny, considering there are much more iMac rumors than Mac Pro rumors.
  21. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2011
  22. inlinevolvo macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2012
  23. mikenzb macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2010
    Auckland, New Zealand
  24. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Between phones, computers, razors, and car transmissions, the term "quad" has been beaten to death.

    Sweet graphics card, though.
  25. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    make sure to check out my quad-ceps too!

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