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NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000 SDI by PNY
The NVIDIA Quadro FX family offers a variety of specialty products that meet the needs of demanding graphics, video, and broadcast professionals.

Overview
The NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000 SDI is the ideal solution for digital broadcast professionals, who can use it in virtual-set, sports, and weather news systems to composite live video footage onto virtual backgrounds and send the result to live video for TV broadcast. The solution also allows film production, post-production, and finishing professionals to preview, in real-time on HD broadcast monitors, the results of 3D compositing, editing, and color grading. The NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000 SDI provides two channels - fill or key - of 8 or 10-bit uncompressed SDI in HD or SD formats. It supports Windows and Linux, works on top of existing applications, and can be easily integrated within a broadcast video editing application or workflow through NVIDIA's published API developer documentation.

Key Features and Benefits
Proven Professional Graphics Architecture

Parallel vertex engines, programmable pixel pipelines, and workstation specific features result in the industry's highest application performance and quality.

Advanced Vertex and Pixel Programmability
Allows real-time shaders to simulate a wide range of physical effects and surface properties.

Full 128-bit Precision Graphics Pipeline
Enables mathematical computations to maintain high accuracy, resulting in unmatched visual quality.

12-bit Subpixel Precision
3x that of the nearest competitive graphics boards, 12-bit subpixel precision delivers high geometric accuracy, eliminating spreckles, cracks, and other rasterization anomalies.

High Quality Rotated Grid Full-Scene Antialiasing
Up to 16x FSAA dramatically reduces visual aliasing artifacts or 'jaggies' at resolutions up to 3840x2400, resulting in highly realistic scenes. New Rotated Grid FSAA (RGFSAA) delivers unprecedented quality and performance.

High Precision Dynamic Range Imaging (HDPR) Technology
Sets new standards for image clarity and quality through floating point capabilities in shading, filtering, texturing and blending. Enables unprecedented rendered image quality for visual effects processing. Support for 32-bit floating point precision per component - an industry exclusive.

Unified Driver Architecture
Provides easy installation and manageability through a single unified driver for large scale system deployment. The performance and power of the NVIDIA Quadro FX are built on a solid foundation of quality engineering. This engineering excellence is exemplified by the NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture (UDA), which is certified for quality by the entire spectrum of professional CAD and DCC applications.
 
Performance Features
Full 128-bit floating point precision pipeline
12-bit subpixel precision
Hardware accelerated antialiased points and lines
Hardware OpenGL overlay planes
Hardware accelerated two-sided lighting
Hardware accelerated clipping planes
Multi-sampling RG FSAA (Rotated Grid Full Scene Antialiasing)
High Precision Dynamic Range Imaging (HPDR)

Architecture
x16 PCI Express (VCQFX4000SDI-PCIE-PB) or AGP 8X (VCQFX4000SDI-PB)
256MB high-speed GDDR3 frame buffer
128-bit IEEE floating point precision graphics pipeline
128-bit color
32-bit floating point frame buffer
12-bit subpixel precision
Up to 16x FSAA
Unlimited programmability
3D volumetric textures buffer
Two channels of SDI support
Genlock/Framelock (One analog genlock, one digital genlock)
One Dual-Link TMDS transmitter
One DVI-I output display connector
ATX form factor

Next Generation Shading Architecture
Fully programmable GPU (OpenGL 2.0/Direct X 9.0 class)
Long fragment and vertex programs (up to 65,536 instructions)
Looping and subroutines (up to 256 loops per vertex program)
Dynamic flow control
Conditional execution

High-Level Shader Languages
Optimized compilers for Cg, OpenGL shading language and Microsoft® HLSL
Open GL 2.0 and DirectX 9.0 support
Open source compiler

Package Contains
NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000 SDI by PNY graphics board
CD-ROM containing:
  • Drivers for Windows XP, 2000, and NT including OpenGL 2.0 and DirectX 9.0 support
  • Detailed installation guide
  • Quickstart installation guide
  • Quadro Application Utilities (MAXtreme™ and POWERdraft™)

    Minimum System Requirements
    PC compatible with Intel Pentium® 4/Xeon® or AMD Athlon®/Opteron® class processor or higher
    Open PCI Express x16 lane slot (for VCQFX4000SDI-PCIE-PB) or
    Open AGP 8X slot (for VCQFX4000SDI-PB)
    Microsoft Windows® XP, 2000, NT 4.0 (Service Pack 6) or Linux®
    256MB system memory
    50MB of available disk space for full installation
    CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
    DVI-I or VGA compatible display
    350W power supply
     
    PNYPN: VCQFX4000SDI-PB (for AGP)
    PNYPN: VCQFX4000SDI-PCIE-PB (For PCI Express)