Nvidia has a Microsoft-like market share in the workstation market and judging by this latest announcement, the company has no intentions of giving up share anytime soon. The new Quadro FX 4700 X2 is based on the G92GL GPU, which is used in different variants for the Quadro FX 3700, GeForce 8800GT, 8800 GTS 512, as well as the (upcoming) 9800 GTS, 9800 GTX and 9800 GX2. In the world of Quadro cards, this chip debuted as Quadro FX 3700.
Both of the GPUs used for the 4700 X2 have their own gigabyte of video memory for a grand total of 2048 MB.
Nvidia did not release any clock speed information, but it is relatively conclusive that the 2 GB of GDDR3 memory is clocked at 800 MHz in DDR mode (1.6 GTransfer/s). Given the fact that GPUs are cooled in a single-slot mode on desktop product as well (8800GT, 8800GTS512, FX3700), Nvidia may have slowed down the 3D capabilities to survive the grueling qualifying process. The main difference between consumer grade and professional products is extreme testing since these cards are used in mission-critical systems.
But this new product actually reminds us not really of the 9800GX2, but rather the GeForce 7900GX2/7950GX2 and Quadro FX 5500. Like back then, the engineers layered two GPUs on top of each other.
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