Designer’s Hardware Essential II


Designer’s Hardware Essential [GPU]


A quick overview of GPU

  1. Understanding GPU specification
  2. Integrated or Dedicated?
  3. Geforce or Quadro?

Graphics processing unit (GPU) is a specialized electronic circuit designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display device.

1. Understanding GPU specification

Quadro M1000M for mobile workstation

Nvidia Quadro M1000M

GPU Memory: 2GB

GPU memory is the data storage device that stores data frequently used for GPU. It has the exact same function as random-access memory (RAM) for CPU.

Memory Bandwidth: 80GBps

Memory bandwidth is the speed of GPU RAM (memory). The higher the memory bandwidth, the more amount of images data can be processed by GPU every unit of time.

Floating-point Performance: 1.1

Floating-point performance is a measure of computer performance, useful in fields of scientific computations that require floating-point calculations. The larger floating-point performance is, the more powerful the GPU is.

2. Integrated or Dedicated?

The primary function of GPU is graphics rendering to monitors. Almost every CPU features an integrated graphics card for graphic rendering. Dedicated graphics cards only enhance rendering performance, such as more responsive gaming and faster video rendering speed, while integrated graphics cards are in charge of fundamental graphics, such as driving external monitor.

3. Geforce or Quadro

3.1. Why choose Geforce?

Nvidia’s Geforce series GPU targets general consumer market and gaming industry. It is the best choice for gaming because it features a much faster rendering performance. For example, Geforce GTX 1070 features a boost clock speed to 1683 MHz while Quadro P2000 maxes out at 1470MHz.

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti


3.2 Why choose Quadro

Nvidia’s Quadro series GPU targets professional workstation industry. Although it is more expensive, Quadro GPU is more reliable and precise.

Nvidia Quadro P6000

Although PC gaming is heavy-loaded for GPU, it is still a single task which means not much memory is need. The most powerful Geforce GPU GTX 1080Ti features 11GB memory. However for professional video or 3D rendering, there is no roof for memory. The most powerful Quadro GPU Quadro P6000 features a 24GB memory and 12 Floating-point Performance on a single card.

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