Quadro FX 5600 vs GRID K180Q

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

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Value for money (0-100)
0.11
 
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Architecture
Tesla
 
Kepler
GPU code name
G80
 
GK107
Market segment
Workstation
 
Workstation
Launch date
5 March 2007 (14 years ago)
 
28 June 2013 (7 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$2,999
 
$125
Price now
$534
 
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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
128
 
192
Core clock speed
600 MHz
 
850 MHz
Transistor count
681 million
 
1,270 million
Manufacturing process technology
90 nm
 
28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
171 Watt
 
130 Watt
Texture fill rate
38.40
 
13.60
Floating-point performance
345.6 gflops
 
326.4 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Interface
PCIe 1.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
254 mm
 
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Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pin
 
no data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR3
 
DDR3
Maximum RAM amount
1536 MB
 
1 GB
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
1600 MHz
 
1782 MHz
Memory bandwidth
76.8 GB/s
 
28.51 GB/s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones. OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
 
No outputs

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
11.1 (10_0)
 
12 (11_0)
Shader Model
4.0
 
5.1
OpenGL
3.3
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.1
 
1.2
Vulkan
N/A
 
1.1.126
CUDA
+
 
3.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

FX 5600 0.55
GRID K180Q 0.55

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

FX 5600 561 +0.9%
GRID K180Q 556

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4403 −3.1%
 
4541 +3.1%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4403 −3.1%
 
4541 +3.1%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600

Wider memory bus (384 vs 128 bit)

Higher memory bandwidth (76.8 vs 28.51 GB/s)

CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)

Advantages of NVIDIA GRID K180Q

Much newer (28 June 2013 vs 5 March 2007)

More pipelines (192 vs 128)

Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 90 nm)

Lower power consumption (130 vs 171 watts)

So, Quadro FX 5600 or GRID K180Q?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 and NVIDIA GRID K180Q. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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