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.

Workstation Usage

Primary Focus

Recommended Cards AMD

Nvidia

Engineering

Mechanical CAD (MCAD)

Radeon Pro WX 7100

Quadro P4000

 

Computer Aided Engineering/Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Radeon Pro WX 7100

Quadro P4000

 

Electronic Design and Automation (EDA)

Radeon Pro WX 3100

Quadro P620

 

Architecture, Engineering and Design (AEC)

Radeon Pro WX 5100

Quadro P2000

 

Mechanical Computer Aided Manufacturing (MCAM)

Radeon Pro WX 5100

Quadro P2000

Media and Entertainment

2D and 3D Character Creation, Animation and Rendering

Radeon Pro WX 9100

Quadro P6000

 

Game Development

Radeon Pro WX 7100

Quadro P5000

 

Film and Video Editing, Multimedia DVD/Blu-Ray Authoring

Radeon Pro WX 3100

Quadro P620

 

Broadcast and Post Production

Radeon Pro WX 3100

Quadro P620

 

Image Editing and Prepress Page Design

Radeon Pro WX 5100

Quadro P2000

 

Professional Audio Production

Radeon Pro WX 7100

Quadro P4000

Exploration and Scientific

Geosciences (Petroleum Exploration and Management)

Radeon Pro WX 9100, SSG

Quadro P6000, GP100

 

Geographic Information Systems

Radeon Pro WX 4100

Quadro P1000

 

Medical Imaging and Analysis

Radeon Pro WX 7100

Quadro P5000

 

Visual Simulation

Radeon Pro WX 7100

Quadro P4000

 

Testing

Radeon Pro WX 2100

Quadro P400

Economic and Financial Modeling

Financial Modeling/derivative pricing (SciFinance – SciComp)

Radeon Pro WX 7100

Quadro P4000

 

Trading Station

Radeon Pro WX 3100

Quadro P620

Software Development

Microsoft Visual Studio or C++

Radeon Pro WX 2100

Quadro P400

 

Intel Parallel studio or Intel compiler

Radeon Pro WX 2100

Quadro P400

 

Eclipse (Java) (Linux)

Radeon Pro WX 2100

Quadro P400

Virtual Reality - Professional creation, viewing

All VR engines, use with HTC Vive or Oculus

Radeon Pro WX 7100, WX 9100

Quadro P4000, P5000, P6000

Machine learning/ deep learning / artificial intelligence

Frameworks: Tensorflow, Caffe, Torch, Theano

Radeon Pro WX 9100

Quadro GP100
Quadro GV100

Radeon Pro Video Cards

Radeon Pro

SSG

WX 9100

WX 7100

WX 5100

WX 4100

WX 3100

WX 2100

Video ports

6 mDP

6 mDP

4 DP

4 DP

4 mDP

DP, 2 mDP

DP, 2 mDP

max simultaneous displays (direct connect)

6

6

4

4

4

4

3

max simultaneous displays (DP 1.2 Multi-Stream

6

6

6

6

5

5

5

Max resolution @60hz

7680x4320

7680x4320

7680x4320

7680x4320

5120x3200

5120x3200

5120x3200

 # of 4k2k  displays @60hz

6

6

4

4

4

4

3

Total Board Power

275W

275W

220W

 150W

75W

 50W

 35W


Quadro Video Cards

 

Quadro GV100

Quadro GP100

Quadro P6000

Quadro P5000

Quadro P4000

Quadro P2000

Quadro P1000

Quadro P620

Quadro P400

Video ports

4 DP,DL-DVI-I

4 DP, DL-DVI-I

4 DP, DL-DVI-I

4 DP, DL-DVI-I

4 DP

4 DP

4 mDP

4 mDP

3 mDP

max simultaneous displays (direct connect)

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

2

2

max simultaneous displays (DP 1.2 Multi-Stream

4

4

4

4

4 (direct)

4 (direct)

4

4

2 (direct)

Max resolution @60hz @30bpp

7680x

7680x4320

7680x4320

7680x4320

5120x2880

5120x2880

5120x2880

5120x2880

5120x2880

 # of 4k2k  displays @60hz

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

3

Total Board Power

235W

235W

250W

180W

105W

75W

47W

40W

30W

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.

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 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.

Name

VGA

DVI

DisplayPort (DP) or Mini DisplayPort

HDMI

DMS-59

Commonality

Very common but being removed on new monitors

Offered on some graphics cards for easy connection to existing monitors

common on new monitors and becoming the default

Common

 

Quality

Good

Better

Best

Best

 

Quality

Good
Max resolution 2048x1536 @60hz

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

Best
4096x2160 @60hz

Best

Better
4096x2160 @ 60hz (depends on adaptor)


Step 3 - Determine what vidieo adapter(s) you need:

Monitor Input

VGA

DVI

Display Port

DMS-59

mini-Display Port

VGA

No adapter needed

DVI -> VGA adapter

DP -> VGA adapter

DMS-59 -> Dual DVI adapter, DVI to VGA, DVI to VGA

mDP => VGA

DVI

Use monitor VGA connector

Check the type of DVI

DP -> DVI SL adapter
 DP -> DVI  DL adapters are available but more expensive

DMS-59 -> Dual DVI adapter

mDP->DVI adaptor

DP

Use VGA connector or look to DVI, DP or DMS-59 solution

Use monitor DVI connector

No adapter needed

Use monitor DVI connector

mDP->DP adapter

Mini DP

Use monitor VGA connector

Use monitor DVI connector

DP to mDP

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.

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