Mac Pro users gain unprecedented new graphics performance thanks to Nvidia Quadro K5000

“Today in Amsterdam, at the IBC, Europe’s largest technology conference and exhibition dedicated to the creation, management and delivery of electronic media and entertainment content worldwide, Nvidia announced the new Nvidia Quadro K5000 GPU for Apple Mac Pro users,” Anthony Frausto-Robledo reports for Architosh.

“This new graphics processing unit (GPU) board is based on the very latest Keplar Architecture by Nvidia and will offer Mac Pro users astounding new performance levels across a wide range of applications and industries,” Frausto-Robledo reports. “The Nvidia Quadro K5000 for Mac is ideal for professional applications like video editing, color correction, compositing, design visualization (3D) and GPU-based applications like GPU-accelerated ray tracing 3D rendering. In addition, the new Quadro K5000 for Mac retains its full performance and features when using Apple Boot Camp and running Windows-based professional applications.”

Frausto-Robledo reports, “The Nvidia Quadro K5000 for Mac is planned to be available later this year from select Apple resellers and system integrators and will have an estimated price tag of US$2,249.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Now all we need is a new Mac Pro into which to place that bad boy.

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        1. Each one of my old Mac Pro’s was in the 5K range so I think I KNOW what these things cost as anyone who buys them knows. (I think I know a lot more about expenses & cost as a working VFX Supervisor & DP.) Look at what I was saying about PC/Mac Pro video cost parity DUMMY. There is no reason peripherals should cost more from one platform to another just for the helluvit. I’m not debating pros, like myself, who want the highest performance and are willing to pay for it but this is for a home system and personal projects where legitimately one can be a little more cost conscious. Even on high end projects companies don’t always run out and buy the state of the art as soon as it’s available. The other problem is I’m married – which I think I hear the understanding sympathetic groan of acknowledgment of other guys here who are reined in with excessively expensive gear though would love to have them. As always you buy what you can afford and there is no shame in that.

        2. To quote David Byrne: You’re talkin’ a lot, but you’re not sayin’ anything.

          Wouldn’t the point that the Quadro K5000 costs the same in generic PeeCee trim as it does for the Mac pretty much render your wandering diatribe moot? (at least WRT this press release)

    1. seriously the Best Buy etc Apple sales guys don’t know what a MacPro is.

      never seen a MacPro ad for years.

      come to think of it does Tim Cook know what a MacPro is? He might have forgotten.

      (I know Ive is busy but can he get like an INTERN or something to work on it? Years for your top of the line to to get a serious refresh? c’mon dudes it was the Graphics and other pros that kept Apple alive during the dark days… )

    2. It’s getting old, that’s what it is G5. And for those of us who actually make a living with Mac’s it’s frustrating as hell! But fear not,Apple will throw us a bone soon. But it won’t be much. I just hope that someone will take this opportunity to take the professional users off Apple’s hands. This is an opening for some enterprising company to get started. Clearly Apple doesn’t want to support us so maybe somebody will seize the day.

      1. I only hope Tim Cook dazzles us with the next Mac Pro and shows they really care about the pro market. In the meantime my 2007 Mac Pro isn’t too shabby (with a new video card and USB 3 card) and my partner’s 2011 Mac Pro sings pretty well too. Still after 5 years for me – time for something new especially since Lion is the end of the road for my baby here. Still running Snow Leopard though which I still like – a lot.

        1. Bought 2 in December because I needed 2 more and couldn’t wait for Apple to refresh. Just don’t expect too much when we do get something. We will be road kill before long. It’s just a good business decision on Apple’s part. But they will be losing a lot of support from the professionals. They don’t owe us anything nor do we owe them anything. You only want to be around someone who wants you around.

  1. Being in the graphics industry, the price is high, but the promise of much improved proformance and speed is well worth the cost. If I can upgrade 3 machines but save an hour or two per day per machine, the cost is well worth it. Just have to wait and see what the real life specs are. It wasn’t too long ago that a high res photoshop job would be started with a click- followed by a trip to get some coffee- just due to processing time. Speed and performance is king and if I can produce the customers required work faster and more complex, then I’m all in for the upgrade.

    1. an fyi – Thunderbolt really gives great speed when your externally enclosed drive is an SSD or a RAID setup w/ 2 or more spinning drives. Spinning drives connected via TB drives (or even USB 3.0) will be faster than FireWire 800, but not a whole lot faster. TB is high priced and will be for several months yet. On a new Mac mini, for speed, it’d be better to install a faster drive or SSD internally than the one Apple ships, and also, you can now install a 2nd drive in that Mini, the desktop as well as the server model. But, you need external backups, regardless.

  2. We’re shopping around for some new monitors, moving up from 24″ to 27″. NEC PA271W-BK-SV is currently looking like the choice (driven by ATI Radeon HD 5870). Apple cinema display might be great for watching videos, but color adjustments just aren’t there.

    Great as the K5000 card sounds, I can’t seem to find any affordable monitors with resolution greater than 2560×1440 (16:9 ratio) or 2560×1600 (16:10 ratio), and the price tag on the graphics card totally breaks the deal. What are you pros out there using? Does it make sense to put off monitor upgrades another year for the anticipated tidal wave of “4k” monitors?

    1. I still love my 30″ monitor and wish those were more commonly available. That scosh of extra room is invaluable. Heck I’d like a 42″ monitor with higher resolutions aka Retina Display or 4K. But, that’s really gonna cost yah.

    2. What you are saying makes little sense, what it sounds like to me is you are a PC fanboy who thinks that the NEC is a high end color monitor, it isn’t. It is in the same class as the cinema (with a couple bells & whistles but you are locked to specific software) It is in some ways better (supports “extended” (but not true high bit) gamut and some ways inferior, (has the same (or worse) edge to edge uniformity issues that the cinema has plus it’s backlighting is far inferior (older CFL vs LED))
      However (and this is a big however) you are not going to do critical color work on either (and this from someone who owns 3 coloredge 27’s)
      If you are legitimate (which I doubt) and really looking for a color critical monitors take a look at the Ezio ColorEdge they are far superior to either.

      1. @ Tessellator: Snobbery does nothing to rally support to your cause. Leaping to absurd assumptions (“you are a PC fanboy”) tells the world more about you than anyone else. NEC’s Spectraview color calibration software is Mac compatible for our machines. Learn civility or go home. Do you really think i’d toss out a question to Mac users if I wasn’t a Mac user? Really????

        I don’t see the huge benefit of Eizo over NEC. Let’s compare two 27″ monitors with 2560×1440 resolution and IPS panels and color calibration, shall we?

        Eizo ColorEdge CG275W: $2690
        DVI-D + Mini DisplayPort + Display Port
        850:1 Contrast
        270cd/m² Brightness
        6ms Response Time
        1.07 Billion Colors
        LED backlighting

        NEC MultiSync PA271W-BK-SV: $1650
        DVI-D + DisplayPort
        2560 x 1440
        1000:1 Contrast Ratio
        300cd/m² Brightness
        7ms Gray-to-Gray Response Time
        CFL backlighting

        So it sounds like you are advocating spending an additional $1000 to gain 1ms response time and LED backlighting. Both monitors reproduce ~97% of the Adobe RGB colorspace. So maybe EIzo’s ColorNavigator software is better and LED is a marginal improvement forward in consistent backlighting. How much better?

        You seem uninterested in helping, more interested in acting the condescending snob. Without using the two monitors side-by-side, there is nothing in the specs making Eizo monitors worth the price increase when used with our current Mac Pros, and that’s why I asked for help. If you are legitimate, you might be able to propose the reason WHY an Eizo is better instead of just glossing over issues like gamut and other items where Eizo has no advantage, and give an honest assessment of how Eizo performs differently on a day-to-day basis or over long-term use. Use a bit of empathy some time, it won’t kill you.

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