Help Me Choose: Video Card

 

High-Performance Dual Graphics

        High-performance graphics

Choosing the right graphics card is critical to achieving optimal performance from graphic-intensive applications. Virtually every workstation application requires the rendering of detailed graphics. Dell Precision workstations offer a range of high-performance OpenGL® graphics cards that can give you superb graphics performance for demanding visual applications for industries such as publishing, design, architecture and engineering.

Dell Precision workstations offer a selection of independent software vendor (ISV)-certified graphics cards that can satisfy requirements ranging from OpenGL 3D performance to affordable 2D performance. Dell continually evaluates the newest graphics technologies to help ensure the most relevant graphics cards are selected for qualification, certification and factory installation in Dell Precision workstations.

Multimonitor support

Most of our graphic card options provide the capability to drive two monitors and in some cases three or four. Additional screen real estate can allow for the display of larger images across multiple monitors or the ability to see multiple applications simultaneously and can help improve productivity.

Dual-graphics options

Optional dual-graphics configurations allow two graphics cards to work together to help improve performance and quality. Dual graphics cards working together can deliver an application-transparent scaling of performance and drive additional monitors.
PerformanceHigh-end 3DMid-Range 3DEntry 3D Professional 2D 
Graphics CardNVIDIA® Quadro® 6000
                                   
NVIDIA Quadro 5000            
                               
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 

                                
AMD FirePro™ V7900

                            
NVIDIA Quadro 4000
                         
NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800
                             
NVIDIA Quadr® FX 3800
                                
ATI
FirePro™ V7800 
                              
AMD FirePro V5900
                           
NVIDIA Quadro 2000 
                        
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800
                             
ATI
FirePRO V5800 
                                
NVIDIA Quadro 600 
                               
NVIDIA Quadro 400
                            
NVIDIA Quadro FX 580
                             
AMD FirePRO
V4900
                            
ATI FirePro V4800 
                            
NVIDIA Quadro FX 380 
                            
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 295 
                            
AMD FirePro 2270 
                            
ATI FireMV 2260
                        
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 420
                              
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 300
                           

Intel® HD Graphics
 P4000 (Integrated: 16 Execution Units)
     

Intel HD Graphics
2500 (Integrated: 6 Execution Units)
          

Intel HD Graphics P3000 (Integrated: 12 Execution Units)
                                
Intel HD Graphics 2000 (Integrated: 6 Execution Units)
                                
ImageNVIDIA Quadro 6000NVIDIA Quadro 5000NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800

AMD FirePro V7900

NVIDIA Quadro 4000NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800NVIDIA Quadr® FX 3800ATI

AMD FirePro V5900

NVIDIA Quadro 2000NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800FirePRO V5800 Nvidia Quadro 600

NVIDIA Quadro® 400

NVIDIA Quadro FX 580AMD FirePROATI Firepro V4800FX 380 NVIDIA Quadro NVS 295AMD FirePro 2270ATI FirePRO 2260NVIDIA Quadro® NVS 420

NVIDIA Quadro® NVS 300

 Intel HD Graphics P4000 Intel HD Graphics P2500

Intel HD Graphics P3000

Intel HD Graphics 2000

Availability by ModelT3600
T5500
T5600
T7500
T7600
R5500
T3500
T3600
T5500
T5600
T7500
T7600
R5500

T5500
T7500

T3500
T3600
T5500
T5600
T7500
T7600
T3500
T3600
T5500
T5600
T7500
T7600
R5500
T3500
T5500
T7500
T3500
T5500
T7500
T7600
T3500
T5500
T7500
T5600
T7500
T7600
T1600
T1650
T3500
T3600
T5500
T5600
T7500
T7600
R5500
T3500
T5500
T7500
T3500
T5500
T7500
T1600
T1650
T3500
T3600
T5500
T5600
T7500
T7600
R5500
T1600T3500
T5500
T7500
T1650
T3600
T5600
T7600
T1600
T3500
T5500
T7500
T1500
T3500
T5500
T7500
R5500
T1600
T1650
T3600
T5600
T7600
T3500
T5500
T7500
T1600
T3500
T5500
T7500
T1600
T1650
T3600
T5600
T7600
 T1650T1650 T1600T1600
Memory6GB GDDR52.5GB GDDR54GB GDDR32GB GDDR52GB GDDR51.5GB GDDR31GB GDDR32GB GDDR52GB GDDR51GB GDDR5768MB GDDR31GB GDDR51GB GDDR3512MB GDDR3512MB GDDR31GB GDDR51GB GDDR5256MB GDDR3256MB GDDR3512MB DDR3256MB DDR2512MB GDDR3512MB GDDR3 Shared system memory. Supports Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT)Shared system memory. Supports Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT) Shared system memory. Supports Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT)Shared system memory. Supports Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT)
OpenGL4.04.03.04.14.03.03.03.24.14.03.03.24.04.13.04.23.23.03.04.13.03.03.33.0 3.0 3.03.0
DirectX® 11.011.010.011.011.010.010.011.011.011.010.011.011.010.110.011.0 11.010.010.011.010.010.010.110.1 10.1 10.110.1
Max single or dual analog resolution (VGA)2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz1920 x 1440 @ 75Hz1920 x 1440 @ 75Hz2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz1920 x 1440 @ 75Hz1920 x 1440 @ 75Hz1920 x 1440 @ 75Hz 1920 x 1440 @ 75Hz2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz1920 x 1440 @ 75Hz 1920 x 1440 @ 75Hz2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz1920 x 1200 @ 75Hz 2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz1920 x 1440 @ 75Hz1920 x 1200 @ 75HzN/A1920 x 1200 @ 75HzN/AN/A2048 x 1536 (VGA)1920 x 1200 @ 75Hz 1920 x 1200 @ 75Hz1920 x 1200 @ 75Hz1920 x 1200 @ 75Hz
Max single or dual digital resolution (DVI or DisplayPort)2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz (DP only)
1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz (DVI)
2560 x 1600 (DisplayPort)
1920 x 1200 (DVI-I)
 2560x1600 (DisplayPort)
1900 x 1200 (HDMI/DVI)
 2560x1600 (DisplayPort)
1900 x 1200 (HDMI/DVI)
2560 x 1600 (DisplayPort)
1900 x 1200 (HDMI/DVI)
2560 x 1600 (DisplayPort)
1900 x 1200 (HDMI/DVI)
Maximum monitors2224222332232223322224222


Native connectors

1 Dual-link DVI
2 DisplayPort
1 Stereo

1 Dual-link DVI
2 DisplayPort
1 Stereo

2 Dual-link DVI
1 Display Port
1 Stereo

4 DisplayPort
1 Stereo (optional)

1 Dual-link DVI
2 DisplayPort
1 Stereo (optional)

1 Dual-link DVI
2 Display Port
1 Stereo

1 Dual-link DVI
2 Display Port

1 Dual-link DVI
2 Display Port

1 Dual-link DVI
2 DisplayPort

1 Dual-link DVI
2 DisplayPort

1 Dual-link DVI
2 Display Port

1 Dual-link DVI
2 Display Port

1 Dual-link DVI
2 DisplayPort

1 Dual-link DVI
1 DisplayPort

1 Dual-link DVI
2 Display Port 

1 Dual-link DVI
2 Display Port

1 Dual-link DVI
2 DisplayPort

2 Dual-link DVI 

2 DisplayPort

1 DMS-59

2 DisplayPort

1VHDCI

1 DMS-59

1 VGA
2 DisplayPort 

1 VGA
2 DisplayPort

1 VGA
1 DisplayPort

1 VGA
1 DisplayPort


Included adapters

1 DP-DVI

1 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA

2 DVI-VGA

1 DP-DVI

1 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA

1 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA

1 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA

1 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA

1 DP-DVI

1 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA

1 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA

1 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA

1 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA

None

1 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA 

1 DP-DVI

1 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA

2 DVI-VGA

1 DP-DVI

1 DMS-59-dual DVI

1 DP-DVI

4 Single-Link DVI
or
4 DisplayPort

1 DMS-59-dual DVI

None

None

None

None

Est. max power consumption225W152W189W119W142W150W107W150W70W62W59W75W40W32W40W75W69W34W23W 15W25W40W17.5WNA NA N/AN/A

Recommended Cards

Workstation UsagePrimary Focus

Nvidia

ATI

EngineeringMechanical CAD (MCAD)Quadro 4000FirePro V5900
Computer-Aided Engineering/Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)Quadro 4000FirePro V7900
Electronic Design and Automation (EDA)Quadro 600FirePro V4900
Architecture, Engineering and Design (AEC)Quadro 2000FirePro V5900
Mechanical Computer Aided Manufacturing (MCAM)Quadro 2000FirePro V5900
Media and entertainment 2D and 3D Character Creation, Animation and RenderingQuadro 6000FirePro V7900
Game DevelopmentQuadro 5000FirePro V7900
Film and Video Editing, Multimedia DVD/Blu-Ray AuthoringQuadro 600FirePro V5900
Broadcast and Post ProductionQuadro 600FirePro V7900
Image Editing and Prepress Page DesignQuadro 2000FirePro V4900
Professional Audio ProductionQuadro 4000FirePro V5900
Exploration and scientificGeosciences (Petroleum Exploration and Management)Quadro 6000FirePro V7900
Geographic Information SystemsQuadro 600FirePro V4900
Medical Imaging and AnalysisQuadro 5000FirePro V7900
Visual SimulationQuadro 4000FirePro V5900
TestingQuadro 600FirePro V5900
Economic and financial modelingFinancial Modeling/Derivative Pricing (SciFinance–SciComp)Quadro 4000FirePro V5900
Trading StationNVS420FirePro V4900
Software developmentMicrosoft® Visual Studio or C++Quadro 600FirePro V4900
Intel® Parallel Studio or Intel® Compiler Quadro 600 FirePro V4900
Eclipse (Java) (Linux®) Quadro 600 FirePro V4900

Graphics power information
PlatformR5500 T1650 T1650T3600T3600T5600T5600T7600
PSU1100W275W320W425W635W635W825W1300W
Total Graphics Power450W100W100W175W300W175W300W600W
Max power per graphics card225W75W75W150W 225W150W225W225W
Graphics slots (PCIe x16 wired x16)312222 (with one processor)
4 (with two processors*
6pin drops (75W)2012122
8pin drops (150W)000002

The following guide will help you determine the video adapter(s) required to properly support your monitor setup. Please note that additional adapters may be required for multi-monitor setup, which can be selected in the adapter section during system customization.

Step 1 — Check your monitor(s):
The first step to determine if you need additional video adapters is to look at the monitors you're going to be hooking up. Take note of the type of connections your monitor(s) have: DisplayPort, digital visual interface (DVI) or video graphics array (VGA).

ConnectorVGADVIDPHDMI
NameVGADVIDisplayPort or DPHDMI*
CommonalityVery commonCommonNot as commonNot as common
QualityGoodBetterBestBetter
*High-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) is not supported on Dell Precision tower systems

Step 2 — Check your system's graphics port(s): 
The second step is determine what graphics ports your systems has. To do this, look at the back of your computer or at the corresponding video card you're buying in the "Compare Side-by-Side" tab of this window. Take note of the type of connections you have; DisplayPort, DVI or VGA. Note: if you're going to connect to an NVIDIA® Quadro® NVS 420, please see additional information below.
ConnectorVGADVIDPDMS-59
NameVGADVIDisplayPort or DPDDMS-59
CommonalityVery commonCommonNot as commonVery uncommon
QualityGoodBetterBestBetter

Step 3 — Determine what video adapter(s) you need:
Using the below table, line up your monitor input with your graphics card output. This will help you decide on the type of video adapter or cable you will require to connect your monitor. Additional adapters can be selected in the adapter section during system customization.

Monitor input\system graphics outputVGA
VGA
DVI
DVI
DP
DP
DMS-59
DMS-59
VGA
VGA
No adapter neededDVI -> VGA adapterDP -> VGA adapterDMS-59 -> Dual VGA adapter
DVI
DVI
Use monitor VGA connectorNo adapter neededDP -> DVI adapterDMS-59 -> Dual DVI adapter
DP
DP
Use monitor VGA connectorUse monitor DVI connectorNo adapter neededUse monitor DVI connector
NVIDIA® Maximus™ technology — create without the wait

Growing business demands and shrinking development windows are challenging engineers, designers and content creation professionals to find creative ways to explore and validate more ideas — faster. Many a times this involves creating designs or content that includes a visual aspect and a physical simulation.

Ideally the engineer, artist, designer or scientist would be able to interact with high-performance visuals while running simulations on the same system. Unfortunately, these two processes have often been disjointed, frequently occurring on different systems or at different times.

Dell Precision workstations powered by NVIDIA Maximus deliver a unified platform that solves this challenge by combining industry-leading professional 3D graphics capability of NVIDIA® Quadro® GPUs and the high-performance computing power of NVIDIA Tesla™ GPUs. It’s a powerful combination that lets you effortlessly transform the entire design process.

NVIDIA Maximus technology means companies no longer have to create workflows with multiple stages to combine the power of visual computing with high-performance computing. Tesla coprocessors automatically take the heavy lifting of rendering or CAE computations, freeing the Quadro GPUs to do what they do best — enabling rich interactive graphics.

With Maximus, engineers, designers and content creation professionals can continue to remain productive and work with maximum complexity in real time.


Engineers and product designers can now

  • Design and render on a single machine without bogging it down
  • Interact with 3D applications while simultaneously running simulations up to 4x faster at the desktop¹
  • Reduce the need for costly prototypes by moving to simulation-driven design
  • Continue to design while renders run up to 9x faster in the background²

Video editors can now

  • Edit more layers and effects in real time
  • Obtain almost 6x better price/performance³
To enable NVIDIA Maximus choose a system with the following options:

SystemGPUGraphics card
T7600 Up to two NVIDIA Tesla C2075 With NVIDIA NVS 300, NVIDIA Quadro 600, 2000, 4000, 5000 or 6000 
T7500NVIDIA Tesla C2075NVIDIA Quadro 600, 2000, 4000, 5000 or 6000
T5600 NVIDIATesla C2075 With NVIDIA NVS 300, NVIDIA Quadro 600, 2000 
T5500NVIDIA Tesla C2075NVIDIA Quadro 600, 2000, 4000, 5000 or 6000
T3600 NVIDIA Tesla C2075 With NVIDIA NVS 300, NVIDIA Quadro 600, 2000 
R5500NVIDIA Tesla C2075NVIDIA Quadro 600, 2000

Then download and install the required software from support.dell.com

  1. Benchmark obtained comparing 2 CPU cores versus 4 CPU Cores+Tesla C2075 running Ansys V13sp5 Model-Turbine Geometry, 2.1M DOF, Static nonlinear, Direct sparse processor: Hex-core Westmere 5650 2.67GHz
  2. Test consists of a collection of hard surface objects rendered outdoors in 3DS Max with iray 1.2 comparing an NVIDIA Tesla C2075 and the indicated Quadro GPU with the CPU relative to an Intel® 3GHzx5570 Xeon® processor with 8 cores rendering. ECC has been turned off for all GPUs. Values shown are percent increase in render speed relative to CPU.
  3. Adobe® Premier® Pro results obtained from 5 layers 6 effects per layer output to H.264 on a Dell T7500, 48GB, Windows 7 at 1440 x 1080 resolution. Price performance calculated using cost per system and number of clips possible per hour.