Help me choose: Video card

 
Choosing the right graphics card is critical to achieving optimal performance from graphic-intensive applications. Virtually every workstation application requires performance graphics. Dell Precision workstations offer a range of high performance graphics cards that can give you superb graphics performance for demanding applications for industries like media & entertainment, video editing, design, architecture and engineering.

Dell Precision™ workstations offer a selection of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) certified graphics cards to support the wide range of needs for workstation users with verified solutions for high levels of reliability.

Multi-monitor support

Graphic card options provide the capability to drive 2-4 monitors by direct connection and up to 6 monitors per card using Display Port 1.2 multi-stream technology allowing compatible monitors to be connected in series with one other. Reference the Monitor Setup table for some key display support scenarios.

Dual-Graphics Options

More professional ISV applications are taking advantage of multiple GPUs in a system. Workstation users performing modeling, simulation, and rendering while working may benefit from dual-graphics configurations.
Multi-monitor use cases like display walls, security operations, and finance applications need more than 4 monitors. Dual (or more) graphics cards are used to drive and configure multiple monitors using Eyefinity software from AMD and Mosaic software from Nvidia.

 
Dell Precision™
Performance
High-end 3D & compute
 
Midrange 3D
 Entry 3D2D graphics, entry multi-monitor supportProcessor graphics 
Graphics cardNVIDIA®
Quadro® K6000
                                   
NVIDIA® Quadro® K5200 NVIDIA® Quadro® 
 K5000
        
ATI
FirePro™ W7100

ATI
FirePro™ W7000
NVIDIA®
Quadro® K4200
NVIDIA® Quadro® K4000
                      
AMD FirePro W5100AMD FirePro W5000
                              
NVIDIA®
Quadro®
K2200
NVIDIA®
Quadro®
K2000
 NVIDIA® Quadro® K620NVIDIA® Quadro® K600 
                               
NVIDIA® Quadro® K420 AMD
FirePro
W4100
AMD FirePro
V4900
                            
AMD
FirePro
W2100
AMD FirePro
V3900
 
AMD FirePro 2270 
                            
NVIDIA® Quadro® NVS 510
                        
NVIDIA® Quadro® NVS 315 NVIDIA® Quadro® NVS 310 Intel HD Graphics P4600 (Graphics on processor)
ImageK6000K5200 K5000W7100W7000 K4200 K4000W5100AMD FirePro W5000        K2200 K2000  K620K600K420 W4100 AMD FireProW2100 AMD FirePro V3900FirePro 2270 NVS 510 NVIDIA® Quadro® NVS 315    NVS-310 Intel HD
Availability by modelT5610
T7610
T5810
T7810
T7910
R7610
R7910
T5810
T7810
T7910
   R7910      
T3600
T5600
T7600
T3610
T5610
T7610
R5500
R7610
T5810
T7810
T7910
T3600
T5600
T7600
T3610
T5610
T7610
T1700 MT
T5810
T7810
T7910
R7910
T1700 MT
T3600
T5600
T7600
T3610
T7610
R7610
T1700 MT
T5810
T7810
T7910
R7910 
T3600
T5600
T7600
T3610
T5610
T7610
R7610
T1700 MT
T5810
T7810
T7910
R7910
 
T1700 MT
T3600
T5600
T7600
T3610
T5610
T7610
R7610
  T1700 MT
T1700 SFF
T5810
T7810
T7910
R7610
R7910
T1700 MT
T1700 SFF
T3600
T5600
T7600
T3610
T5610
T7610
R7610
T1700 MT
T1700 SFF
T5810
T7810
T7910
R7610 
T1700 MT
T1700 SFF
T5810
T7810
T7910 
T1650
T1700 MT
T3600
T5600
T7600
T3610
T5610
T7610
T1700 MT
T1700 SFF
T5810
T7810
T7910 
T1700 MT
T1700 SFF
T3610
T5610
T7610 
T1650
T1700 MT
T1700 SFF
T3600
T5600
T7600
T3610
T5610
T7610
R7610
T1700 SFF
T3600
T5600
T7600
T3610
T5610
T7610
R7610
T1700 MT
T3610
T5610
T7610
T1650
T1700 MT
T1700 SFF
T3600
T5600
T7600
T3610
T5610
T7610
R5500
R7610
R7910
T1700 MT
T1700 SFF 
Memory12GB GDDR58GB GDDR5 4GB GDDR5
ECC
8GB GDDR5 4GB GDDR5 ECC 4B GDDR5
3GB GDDR54GB GDDR52GB GDDR54B GDDR5 2GB GDDR52B DDR31GB DDR31 GB DDR3 2GB GDDR5 1GB GDDR52GB GDDR5 1 GB DDR3512MB DDR32GB DDR31GB DDR3512MB GDDR3 Shared system memory. Supports Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT)
OpenGL®4.5 (expected)4.5 (expected)4.04.4  4.24.5 (expected) 4.34.4 4.24.5 (expected)  4.34.5 (expected)4.34.5 (expected) 4.4 4.24.4 4.2 4.1 4.24.1  4.13.0
Open CL YesYes Yes 2.0 1.1Yes Yes2.0  1.1Yes   Yes Yes Yes1.2 1.11.2 1.1      
DirectX® 11.211.211.011.2  11.111.211.011.211.111.2  11.0 11.211.011.2 11.2 11.0 11.2 11.0 11.011.011.0 11.0 10.1
PCIe support x16 Gen 3 x16 Gen 3 x16 Gen 2 x16 Gen 3 x16 Gen 3x16 Gen 2  x16 Gen 2x16 Gen 3 x16 Gen 3 x16 Gen 2  x16 Gen 2x16 Gen 2 x16 Gen 2 x16 Gen 3 x16 Gen 2 x16 Gen 3 x16 Gen 2 x16 Gen 2 x16 Gen 2 x16 Gen 2 x16 Gen 2 N/A 
Max single or dual Analog Resolution (VGA)2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz1920 x 1536 @ 75Hz 2048x1536 @85Hz2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz1920 x 1536 @ 75Hz  2048 x
1536 @ 85Hz
 2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz2048x1536 @85Hz 2048 x 1536 @85Hz 2048 x 1536 @85Hz 1920 x 1200 @ 75HzN/A2048X1536 (VGA)  1920 x 1200 (VGA)1920 x 1200 @75Hz 
Max single or dual Digital Resolution (DVI or DisplayPort)3840x2160 @60Hz4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz3840x2160 @60Hz4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz 4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz 3840x2160 @60Hz3840x2160 @60Hz4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz3840x2160 @60Hz 3860 x 2160 @ 60Hz 3840x2160 @60Hz3840x2160 @60Hz3840x2160 @60Hz  4096 x 2160 @60Hz2560 x 1600 @60Hz4096 x 2160 @60Hz 2560 x 1600 @60Hz 2560 x 1600 @ 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)
Maximum Monitors (DP 1.2 Multi-Stream)4446  42624 23
Maximum monitors(direct connection) 44  3 2 2 3 2 4 23
Max # of 4Kx2K displays @ 60hz
2 (see max resolution above)22 (see max resolution above)332 (see max resolution above)2 (see max resolution above)321 (see max resolution above)  11 (see max resolution above) 2 (see max resolution above)00 
Connectors1 Dual Link DVI-i
1 Dual Link DVI-D
2 Display Port

1 Dual Link DVI-i
1 Dual Link DVI-D
2 Display Port
1 Stereo (optional) 

1 Dual Link DVI-i
1 Dual Link DVI-D
2 Display Port
4 Display Port4 Display Port1 Dual Link DVI-i
2 Display Port
1 Stereo(optional)
1 Dual Link DVI-i
2 Display Port
1 Stereo(optional)
4 Display Port1 Dual Link DVI-i
2 Display Port
1 Dual-link DVI-I
2 Display Port 
1 Dual-Link DVI-I
2 DisplayPort
1 Stereo (optional) 
1 Dual-Link DVI-I
1 Display Port
1 Dual-Link DVI
1 DisplayPort
1 Dual-Link DVI-I
1 Display Port 
4 mini Display Port 1 Dual-Link DVI
2 DisplayPort
2 Display Port1 Dual-Link DVI
1 DisplayPort
1 DMS-594 mini Display Port1DMS-592 Display Port 1 VGA
2 DisplayPort
Included video adapters (with systems or customer kits)

2 DP-DVI

2 DP-DVI
2 DP-DVI
2 DVI-VGA
3 DP-DVI 4 DP-DVI1 DP-DVI2 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA
2 DP-DVI2 DP-DVI
1 DVI to VGA
1 DP-DVI 2 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA
1 DP-DVI
1 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA
1 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA
4 miniDP - DP 2 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA
1 DP-DVI 1 DP-DVI
1 DVI-VGA 
1 DMS-59-dual DVI4 mDP to DP1DMS-59-dual DVI 
 2 DP to DVI
None
Aux power connectors needed 2 x 6 pin6 pin 6 pin 6 pin 6 pin 6 pin 6 pin               
Est. max power
Consumption
225W150W 122W <150W <150W108W 80W <75W 70W  68W51W45W41W 41W <50W75W 26W <75W  15W34W19.5W 19.5W N/A 

Recommendations


 Workstation Usage

 Primary Focus
Recommended Cards 
AMDNVIDIA®
Engineering



Mechanical CAD (MCAD)FirePro W7100Quadro K4200
Computer-Aided Engineering / Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)FirePro W7100Quadro K4200
Electronic Design Automation (EDA)FirePro W4100Quadro K620
Architecture, Engineering and Design (AEC)FirePro W5100Quadro K2200
Mechanical Computer Aided Manufacturing (MCAM)FirePro W5100Quadro K2200
Media and entertainment




2D and 3D Character Creation, Animation and RenderingFirePro W7100Quadro K6000
Game DevelopmentFirePro W7100Quadro K5200
Film and Video Editing, Multimedia DVD/Blu-ray AuthoringFirePro W4100Quadro K620
Broadcast and Post ProductionFirePro W4100Quadro K620
Image Editing and Prepress Page DesignFirePro W4100Quadro K2200
Professional Audio ProductionFirePro W7100Quadro K4200
Exploration and scientific



Geosciences (Petroleum Exploration and Management)FirePro W9100Quadro K6000
Geographic Information SystemsFirePro W4100Quadro K620
Medical Imaging and AnalysisFirePro W7100Quadro K5200
Visual SimulationFirePro W7100Quadro K4200
TestingFirePro W4100Quadro K620
Economic and financial modeling
Financial Modeling/Derivative Pricing (SciFinance®–SciComp)FirePro W7100Quadro K4200
Trading StationFirePro W4100NVS 510
Software development

Microsoft® Visual Studio or C++FirePro W2100Quadro K620
Intel® Parallel Studio or Intel Compiler FirePro W2100Quadro K620
Eclipse (Java™) (Linux®) FirePro W2100Quadro K620

Graphics Power Information

PlatformT1700 MTT1700 MT T1700 SFFT1700 SFF T3610 T3610T5610 T5610 T7610T7610 R7610 R7610 T5810 T5810 T7810 T7810 T7910 T7910 R7910 R7910 
Power supply & CPU Count290W365W255W255W425W 685W 685W 820W 1300W
1 CPU 
1300W
2 CPU 
1100W 1400W (220V) 425W 685W  685W825W 1300W
1 CPU 
 1300W
2 CPU

(1) 1100W
or
(2) 1100W (for redundancy)1 CPU 

(1) 1100W
or
(2) 1100W (for redundancy)2 CPU 

Total graphics power100W150W50W50W150W 300W 225W 300W 450W675W  450W 675W 150W 300W 225W 300W 450W 675 675W* 675W*
Max power per graphics card75W150W50W50W75W 225W  150W225W 300W300W 300W 300W 75W 225W 150W 225W 300W 300W 300W 300W
Graphics slots (PCIe x16 wired x16)111 2 22 double wide slots (with one CPU)  4 (with two CPUs)* 
3 double wide slots
 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 double wide slots (with one CPU)
 4 (with two CPUs)
3 double wide slots
 1 with optional x16 riser
supports 2 slot wide card
 1
(2 with optional x16 riser)
both support 2 slot wide cards
Graphics slots
(PCIe x16 wired x8 or x4)
Slot 4 wired x4, 25W maxSlot 4 wired x4, 25W max
Or
sum of x16 and x4 slot <100W 
0 0 2 Depends on riser selection. See R7610 technical Guide Depends on riser selection. See R7610 technical Guide 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 x8 single width slot
(2 with optional x16 riser)
 6 x8 single width slot
(5 with optional x16 riser)
6pin drops (75W)000 2 12 2 2 2 0 2 1 2 2 2 4 4
8pin drops (150W)0000 0 0022 2 (ships with two 8 pin to 6 pin adapters) 2 (ships with two 8 pin to 6 pin adapters) 0 ships a 1x2 pin connector to be combined with a 6pin for 8pin support 0 0 2 2 ships two 1x2 pin connector to be combined with a 6pin two 8pin supportships a 1x2 pin connector to be combined with a 6pin for 8pin support 
* reference R7910 technical specs for limitations on graphics power, CPU selection, and ambient temperature

Comparing Firepro Display Support


FirePro FireProFireProFireProFireProFireProFireProFireProFireProFirePro
W7100W7000W5100 W5000W4100V4900W2100V3900 W2100V2270
Video ports4 DP4 DP4 DP2 DP4 mDP2 DP2 DPDP2 DPDMS-59
   1 DVI 1 DVIDVI
Max simultaneous displays (direct connect)4444422
Max simultaneous displays (DP 1.2 Multi-Stream6666652220
Max resolution @60hz4096X4096X4096x4096X4096x 2560x4096x2560x4096x2560x
2160216021602160216016002160160021601600
# of 4k2k displays @60hz3333302020
Total Board PowerSub 150W Sub 150WSub 75WSub 75WSub 50WSub 75WSub 26WSub 50WSub 26WSub 15W

Comparing Quadro Display Support

  
QuadroQuadroQuadroQuadroQuadroQuadroQuadroQuadroQuadroQuadro
K6000K5200 K5000 K4200 K4000 K2200 K2000 K620 K600K420
Video ports 
2 DP2 DP2 DP2 DP2 DP2 DP2 DPDP DPDP 
DL DVI-IDL DVI-IDL DVI-IDL DVI-IDL DVI-IDL DVI-IDL DVI-IDVI-IDVI-IDVI-I
DL DVI-DDL DVI-DDL DVI-D 
Max simultaneous displays (direct connect)4442
Max simultaneous displays (DP 1.2 Multi-Stream44 (direct)43444422 (direct)
     1920x1200 @60hz 24bpp  1920x1200 @60hz 24bpp  
Max resolution @60hz @30bpp3840x4096x3840x3840x 3840x3840x3840x3840x3840x3840x
2160216021602160216021602160216021602160
# of 4k2k displays @60hz2*22*2*2*22*11*1*
Total Board Power225W150W122W108W80W68W51W45W41W41W

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

Step 1 — Check your monitor(s):
The first step to determining 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, DVI or VGA.
ConnectorVGADVIDPHDMI
NameVGADVIDisplayPort (DP) or Mini DisplayPortHDMI*
CommonalityVery common
 but being removed
on new monitors
Commoncommon on new monitors
and becoming the default
Common
QualityGoodBetterBestBest
*HDMI is supported by Dell Precision workstations through video adapters purchased separately

Step 2 — Check your system’s graphics port(s): 
The second step is to determine what graphics ports your systems have. 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 (DP) or Mini DisplayPort (mDP)DDMS-59
Commonalitybeing phased outOffered on some graphics cards for easy connection to existing monitorscommon on new monitors and becoming the defaultuncommon, offered only on basic 2D support cards, lowest cost to 2 VGA or 2 DVI monitors
QualityGood
Max resolution 2048x1536 @60hz

Better
1920x1200 @60hz SL
2560x1600 @60hz DL

Best
4096x2160 @60hz

Better
4096x2160 @ 60hz (depends on adaptor)


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 tell you what type of video adapter or cable you will need to connect your monitor. Additional adapters can be selected in the adapter section during system customization.

Systems Graphics Output

Monitor Input


 VGA
VGA
DVI
DVI
DP
DP
DMS-59
DMS-59
Mini- Display Port
Mini- Display Port
VGA
VGA 
No adapter neededDVI -> VGA adapterDP -> VGA adapterDMS-59 -> Dual DVI adapter=> DVI to VGA
=> DVI to VGA
mDP => VGA
DVI
DVI
Use monitor VGA connectorCheck the type of DVIDP -> DVI SL adapter
DP -> DVI DL adapters are available but more expensive
DMS-59 -> Dual DVI adaptermDP-> DVI adaptor 
DP
DP
Use VGA connector or look to DVI, DP or DMS-59 solutionUse monitor DVI connectorNo adapter neededUse monitor DVI connectormDP-> DP adapter 
Mini- Display Port
Mini- Display Port
Use monitor VGA connectorUse monitor DVI connector mDP to DP DMS-59 -> Dual DVI adapter
Use monitor DVI connector
no adapter needed 

Step 4 — How to connect:
For most of our graphic solutions, you will connect your monitors using the appropriate cables and adapters below.
How to connect

If you're using an Nvidia NVS 315, use the below illustration to connect your monitors
How to Connect

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 times this involves creating designs or content that includes a visual aspect and a physical simulation.
Engineers, artists, designers and scientists need to be able to interact with high-performance visuals while running simulations on the same system. Workflows have changed to include multiple professional applications and graphics processors have kept pace. Today, professional graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia are architected to perform compute operations in parallel with more traditional graphics operations. See the compute performance table below. It is no longer necessary to have a compute + graphics card depending on your use case. High performance use cases can benefit from multiple graphics cards of different performance levels and cost points. Reference the table below for combinations of FirePro or Quadro / Telsa cards in Precision. When using two cards in a system it is not necessary to connect them with a dedicated cable. Data is effectively shared using the PCIe bus.

Dell Precision workstations are designed for graphics support to meet all levels of demand.

The table below shows some examples for dual card use. Reference the power information on the recommendations tab to determine how many cards each system will support.

 

Precision does not offer the Nvidia Tesla K40 card. Instead use the Quadro K6000. The K6000 has slightly higher performance at a better cost point. K6000 can be used in any application instead of a K40.

In addition to using dual cards for performance (modeling, simulation, computation, and rendering for example) multiple cards are used for display walls and other multi-monitor use cases. Low cost solutions for 4 displays can use 2 graphics cards such as FirePro W2100, NVS 315 and NVS 310. For solutions of 4 or more, one or more FirePro W4100 or NVS 510 cards provide support for 8 or more displays all managed by Eyefinity (FirePro ) or Mosaic (Nvidia).

Dual Card Combinations

NVSK600/W5000/K2000/W7000/K4000/K5000K5200K6000
K620W5100K2200W7100K4200
K20C compute with low end 2D displaycompute with entry graphicsmodeling modelingSimulationNot a valid combinationNot a valid combination
K5200compute with low end 2D displaycompute with entry graphics     Rendering,
modeling
Rendering,
modeling
K6000compute with low end 2D displaycompute with entry graphics      Oil & Gas,
large model, rendering
W5000/ W5100  modeling & simulation modeling & simulation    
W7000/ W7100  modeling & simulation modeling & simulation    

Comparing Quadro Compute Performance

K20CK40K4000K4200K5000K5200K6000
SP1.17 TF4.29 TF 1.2 TF2.1 TF2.16 TF3.1 TF5.2 TF
DP1.0 TF1.43 TF  90 GF  

Comparing Firepro Compute Performance

 W5000W5100W7000W7100W8100W9100
SP1.27 TF1.43 TF 2.4 TF3.3 TF4.2 TF5.24 TF
DP80 GF89 GF152 GF200 GF2.1 TF2.62 TF

SP = single precision
DP = double precision performance
TF= TeraFlops
GF = GigaFlops