Heavy users of Adobe Creative Suite 4 will know that the only thing worse than a hangover for slowing the design process is a computer unable to keep up. CS4 feasts on processor cycles like supermodels crave bacon; thankfully here’s NVIDIA to the rescue with their Quadro CX, a PCI-E card dedicated to giving the graphics software all the grunt it needs.
That means slicker performing apps and faster tweaks in Photoshop, while After Effects and Premier Pro get their own processing speed increase. Different CX plugins grant other niceties such as uncompressed 30-bit color or 10-bit/12-bit SDI video previews, while video encoding (such as H.264) works faster than ever. Under the metal shielding lurks a 1.5GB GDDR3 frame buffer with up to 76.8GBps memory bandwidth, spitting out visuals via two 2560 x 1600 capable DisplayPort outputs and a single dual-link 3,840 x 2,400 @24Hz DVI output.
As the kind of person who still turns to Paint for his day to day image editing needs, I’m unlikely to be in the target audience for the NVIDIA Quadro CX. Which is something of a relief, as I don’t have the $1,999 it’s priced at; the CX is available now.