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Pascal Quadro’s Coming March 2017 – GP100 P4000 P2000

P2000 & P4000

At the mid-range of the market are the Quadro P4000 and P2000. As the more powerful of the two, the Quadro P4000 is based on a cut-down GP104 GPU, the same GPU used in the Quadro P5000. However unlike the P5000, the P4000 has been cut down to size as a single-slot card. With respect to performance on paper it should deliver right around 2x the performance of the M4000, and it can do so with a TDP of 105W, 15W lower than its predecessor. It is also the lower-tier card that NVIDIA still classifies as VR ready; below the P4000 they don’t recommend their cards for VR development.

Meanwhile replacing the Quadro M2000 is the Quadro P2000. This card is in the same single-slot form factor as the P4000, but it drops down in power and performance, being built off of a GP106 GPU. Performance should be around 66% percent faster than its predecessor with the same 75W TDP. Surprisingly, NVIDIA didn’t opt to go with a fully-enabled 192-bit memory bus on this card; instead only 5 channels (160-bits) are enabled, which is also why it offers the more unusual memory capacity of 5GB.

Finally, both cards come with 4 full-size DisplayPort 1.4 connectors.

NVIDIA Quadro Specification Comparison (4000/2000)
Quadro P4000 Quadro P2000 Quadro M4000 Quadro M2000
CUDA Cores 1792 1024 1664 768
Boost Clock ~1480MHz ~1470MHz 800MHz 1180MHz
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 160-bit 256-bit 128-bit
FP64 1/32 1/32 1/32 1/32
TDP 105W 75W 120W 75W
GPU GP104 GP106 GM204 GM206
Architecture Pascal Pascal Maxwell 2 Maxwell 2
Size Single-Slot Single-Slot Single-Slot Single-Slot
DisplayPort Outputs 4 4 4 4


Based on NVIDIA’s GP100 GPU, Quadro GP100 defies a simple explanation due in large part to GP100’s unique place in NVIDIA’s Pascal GPU family. Quadro GP100 on one hand a return to form for NVIDIA’s Quadro lineup. It’s the jack of all trades card that does everything – graphics and compute – including features that the Tesla cards don’t offer, a job previously fulfilled by cards like the Quadro K6000. On the other hand, it’s not necessarily NVIDIA’s most powerful workstation card: on paper its FP32/graphics performance is lower than Quadro P6000’s. So where does Quadro GP100 fit in to the big picture?

The long and short of it is that the Quadro GP100 is meant to be a Tesla/GP100 card for workstations, but with even more functionality. While NVIDIA offers PCIe Tesla P100 cards, those cards only feature passive cooling and are designed for servers; the lack of active cooling means you can’t put them in (conventional) workstations. The Quadro GP100 on the other hand is a traditional, fan & shroud active cooled card, like the rest of the Quadro lineup. And then NVIDIA doesn’t stop there, enabling graphics functionality that isn’t on the Tesla cards. The fact that NVIDIA isn’t even giving it a P-series name – rather naming it after the GPU underneath – is a good hint of where NVIDIA is going.

NVIDIA Quadro Specification Comparison
Quadro GP100 Quadro P6000 Quadro M6000 Quadro K6000
CUDA Cores 3584 3840 3072 2880
Boost Clock ~1480MHz ~1560MHz 1140MHz N/A
Memory Bus Width 4096-bit 384-bit 384-bit 384-bit
VRAM 16GB 24GB 24GB 12GB


1/32 1/32


TDP 235W 250W 250W 225W
GPU GP100 GP102 GM200 GK110
Architecture Pascal Pascal Maxwell 2 Kepler
Manufacturing Process TSMC 16nm TSMC 16nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm
DisplayPort Outputs 4 4 4 2


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