Help me choose: Video cards

The right graphics card is critical to achieve optimal performance from graphics-intensive applications.

Dell Precision Workstations offer Independent Software Vendor (ISV)-certified graphics cards for demanding applications.

Professionals in media and entertainment, architecture and engineering will benefit the most from ISV-certified graphics cards.

Video cards for demanding workloads

Workflows have changed to include multiple professional applications and graphics processors have kept pace. Today, professional graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA perform operations in parallel with more traditional graphics operations.

Users working with high performance software can benefit from multiple graphics cards of different performance levels and cost points.

Multi-monitor support

  • Drive 2-4 monitors by direct connection
  • Drive up to 6 monitors per card with Display Port 1.2 multi-stream technology. It connects compatible monitors in a series
  • Reference the monitor setup table for key display support scenarios


Dual-graphics options

  • Better for users performing modeling, simulation and rendering
  • Dual (or more) graphics cards drive and configure multiple monitors using Eyefinity software from AMD and Mosaic software from NVIDIA

 


Monitor Setup

 

FirePro

FirePro

FirePro

FirePro

FirePro

FirePro

 

W9100

W8100

W7100

W5100

W4100

W2100

Video ports

6 mDP

4 DP

4 DP

4 DP

4 mDP

2 DP

Max simultaneous displays
(direct
connect)

6

4

4

4

4

2

Max simultaneous displays
(DP 1.2 Multi-
Stream)

6

6

6

6

6

2

Max resolution at 60Hz

4096x2160

4096x2160

4096x2160

4096x2160

4096x2160

4096x2160

# of 4K2K displays at 60Hz

6

3

3

3

3

2

Total Board Power

275W

220W

Sub 150W

Sub 75W

Sub 50W

Sub 26W



Comparing Quadro Display support


Quadro Quadro Quadro Quadro Quadro Quadro
K6000M5000M4000K2200K620K420
Video Ports

2 DP4 DP4 DP2 DPDPDP
DL DVI-IDL DVI-IDL DVI-IDL DVI-IDL DVI-I
DL DVI-D
Max simultaneous displays (direct connect)444322
Max simultaneous displays (DP 1.2 Multi-Stream)
44 (direct)4 (direct)442 (direct)

1920x1200 at 60Hz

24bpp

1920x1200 at 60Hz

24bpp
Max resolution at 60Hz @30bpp3840x4096x4096x3840x3840x3840x
216021602160216021602160
# of 4K2K displays at 60Hz2+44211+
Total Board Power225W150W108W68W45W41W

Recommendations
Workstation UsagePrimary FocusRecommended Cards
AMDNVIDIA®
EngineeringMechanical CAD (MCAD) FirePro W7100Quadro M4000
Computer-Aided Engineering / Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Electronic Design Automation (EDA)FirePro W4100Quadro K620
Architecture, Engineering and Design (AEC)FirePro W5100Quadro K2200
Mechanical Computer Aided Manufacturing (MCAM)
Media and entertainment2D and 3D Character Creation, Animation and RenderingFirePro W7100Quadro K6000
Game DevelopmentQuadro M5000
Film and Video Editing, Multimedia DVD/Blu-ray AuthoringFirePro W4100Quadro K620
Broadcast and Post Production
Image Editing and Prepress Page DesignFirePro W5100Quadro K2200
Professional Audio ProductionFirePro W7100Quadro M4000
Exploration and scientificGeosciences (Petroleum Exploration and Management)FirePro W9100Quadro M6000
Geographic Information SystemsFirePro W4100Quadro K620
Medical Imaging and AnalysisFirePro W7100Quadro M5000
Visual SimulationQuadro M4000
TestingFirePro W4100Quadro K620
Economic and financial modelingFinancial Modeling/Derivative Pricing (SciFinance®–SciComp)FirePro W7100Quadro M4000
Trading StationFirePro W4100K1200 HH on 3420
Software developmentMicrosoft® Visual Studio or C++FirePro W2100
Quadro K620
Intel® Parallel Studio or Intel Compiler
Eclipse (Java™) (Linux®)

Dell Precision™
 PerformanceHigh-end 3D & computeMid-Range 3DEntry 3D2D graphics, entry Processor
Graphics cardNVIDIA
Quadro®
M6000
NVIDIA Quadro® K6000NVIDIA
Quadro® M5000
AMD
FirePro™ W9100
AMD
FirePro™ W8100
AMD
FirePro™ W7100
NVIDIA
Quadro®
M4000
AMD FirePro W5100NVIDIA
Quadro®
K2200
NVIDIA
Quadro®
K1200
NVIDIA Quadro® K620NVIDIA Quadro® K420 AMD
FirePro
W4100
AMD
FirePro
W2100
NVIDIA
Quadro
® NVS 510
NVIDIA Quadro® NVS 315NVIDIA Quadro® NVS 310Intel HD Graphics P4600 (Graphics on processor)Intel HD Graphics 530 (Graphics on processor)Intel HD graphics 530 (Graphics on processor)
Video output image - only full height rear brackets shown. Graphics on 3620 or T1700 SFF available in half heightM6000K6000M5000W9100FireProW7100M4000W5100K2200K1200K620K420W4100W2100NVS 510NVS 315NVS-310Graphics P4600Intel HD 530Graphics 530
PCIe slot width-2-22111111111111000
Availability by modelT5810
T7810
T7910
R7910
T5810
T7810
T7910
R7910
T5810
T7810
T7910
R7910
T5810
T7810
T7910
T7910
R7910
T5810
T7810
T7910
3620
T5810
T7810
T7910
R7910
T1700 MT3620
T5810
T7810
T7910
R7910
T1700 MT3620
T5810
T7810
T7910
R7910
3620
3420
T5810
T7810
T7910
R7910
T1700 MT
T1700 SFF
3620
3420
T5810
T7810
T7910
R7910
T1700 MT
T1700 SFF
3620
3420
T5810
T7810
T7910
T1700MT
T1700
SFF
3620
3420
T5810
T7810
T7910
T1700 MT
T1700 SFF
3620
3420
T5810
T7810
T7910
T1700SFF
3620
3420
T1700 MT3620T1650
T1700 MT
T1700 SFF
3620
3420
R7910
T1700 MT
T1700 SFF
36203420
Memory (GDDR5)12GB GDDR512GB8GB GDDR58GB16GB8GB8GB4GB4GB4GB2GB1GB2GB2GB2GB DDR31GB DDR31GB DDR3Shared 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)
OpenGL®4.54.54.54.44.44.44.54.44.5 (expected)4.54.5 (expected)4.5 (expected)4.44.44.24.14.13.0--
Open CL---2.02.02.0-2.0----1.21.2------
DirectX® 12.011.212.012.012.011.212.011.211.212.011.211.211.211.211.011.011.010.112.012.0
PCIe supportx16 Gen 3x16 Gen 3x16 Gen 3x16 Gen 3x16 Gen 3x16 Gen 3x16 Gen 3x16 Gen 3x16 Gen 2x16 Gen 3x16 Gen 2x16 Gen 2x16 Gen 3x16 Gen 3x16 Gen 2x16 Gen 2x16 Gen 2N/AN/AN/A
Max single or dual Analog Resolution (VGA)2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz1920x1200 (VGA)1920x1200 (VGA)-1920x1200 (VGA)--1920x1200 (VGA)2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz2048x1536 @85Hz--N/A2048X1536 (VGA)1920 x 1200 (VGA)1920 x 1200 @75Hz1920 x 1200 @ 75Hz1920 x 1200 @ 75Hz
Max single or dual Digital Resolution (DVI or DisplayPort)4096x2160 @60Hz3840x2160 @60Hz4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz4096x2160 @60Hz4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz3840x2160 @60Hz4096x2160 @60Hz3840x2160 @60Hz3840x2160 @60Hz4096 x 2160 @60Hz4096 x 2160 @60Hz3860 x 2160 @ 60Hz (DP only)
1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz (DVI SL)
2560X1600 (DisplayPort) 1920X1200(DVI-I)2560 x 1600 (DisplayPort)
1920 x 1200 (DVI-I)
2560x1600 (DisplayPort)
1900x1200 (HDMI/DVI)
4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz4096x2160 @ 60hz
Maximum Monitors (DP 1.2 Multi-Stream)44466646442252422333
Maximum monitors(direct connection)44464444342242422333
Max # of 4Kx2K displays @ 60hz42 (see max resolution above)4633432412 (see max resolution above)32----22
Video Connectors1 Dual Link DVI-I
4 Display Port
1 Stereo (optional)
1 Dual Link DVI-i
1 Dual Link DVI-D
2 Display Port
4 Display Port
1 Stereo (optional)
6 Display Port4 Display Port4 Display Port1 Dual-link DVI-I
2 Display Port
1 Stereo (optional)
4 Display Port1 Dual-link DVI-I
2 Display Port
4 mini Display Port1 Dual-Link DVI-I
1 Display Port
1 Dual-link DVI-I
1 Display Port
4 mini Display Port2 Display Port4 mini Display Port1DMS-592 Display Port1 VGA
2 DisplayPort
2 DisplayPort
HDMI
2 DisplayPort
HDMI
Included video adapters (with systems or customer kits)2 DP- SL DVI2 DP-DVI1 DP- SL DVI6 mDP to DP3 DP-DVI3 DP-DVI1 DP-DVI2 DP-DVI1 DP-DVI4 mDP to DP1 DP-DVIDP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA
4 miniDP - DP1 DP-DVI4 mDP to DP1 DMS-59-dual DVI2 DP to DVINoneNoneNone
Aux power connectors needed8 pin2x 6 pin6 pin8 pin6 pin6 pin6 pin-------------
Est. max power
Consumption
250W225W150W275W220W<150W120W<75W68W45W45W41W<50W26W34W19.5W19.5WN/AN/AN/A