After the launch of the Quadro M6000 in March, Nvidia has now launched two additional cards in the series, the Quadro M5000 and M4000. Targeted at the prosumer market, the new cards are based on the GM204 silicon and feature 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
With 2048 CUDA cores, 128 texture mapping units and 64 raster operation units and a 256-bit memory bus, the M5000 features a fully unlocked GM204, and is the Quadro equivalent of the GTX 980. As is the norm for its professional cards, Nvidia does not detail clocks, but given the slightly lower TDP of 150W when seen against the 165W for the GTX 980, it is fair to assume that the M5000 is clocked below 1GHz, with a likely boost clock of 1,050MHz.
Given the lower power requirement, the card features a single 6-pin power connector. The M5000 boasts 4.3 TFlops of FP32 single-precision compute performance, with the VRAm clocked at 6.6GHz resulting in total available bandwidth of 211GB/s.Display connectors for the M5000 include one DVI and four DisplayPort ports, allowing the card to drive four 4K displays simultaneously.
The M4000 features a cut-down GM204 with 1664 CUDA Cores, 104 texture mapping units and 64 raster operation units, not unlike the GTX 970. The 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM on a 256-bit bus is clocked at 6GHz, which constitutes a bandwidth of 192.00GB/s. Like the M5000, the M4000 is not as power-hungry as its equivalent GeForce offering, with a quoted TDP of just 120W. The lower TDP has allowed Nvidia to offer the M4000 in a single-slot design, while retaining the four DisplayPort connectors.
Also included in both cards is full support for the DirectX 12 API. There are discernable performance gains in making the switch from Kepler to Maxwell, not to mention much better energy efficiency. Alongside the new cards, Nvidia has launched DesignWorks, its software suite that brings together all utilities and libraries required by content creators to produce graphics.