Given that Siggraph is just a few weeks ahead, we’re not surprised to see first next-gen professional parts coming out from both AMD and NVIDIA. At the AMD Fusion Developer Summit, Mark Papermaster announced the FirePro W9000 6GB, their new top-tier graphics card for the professional market.

Eurocom Panther 3.0 Mobile Workstation - desktop-class Xeon CPUs, mobile-class GPUs.
Eurocom Panther 3.0 Mobile Workstation – desktop-class Xeon CPUs, mobile-class GPUs. Supports 4K panels out of the box.

Few weeks later, we received an email from Eurocom Corporation, well-known manufacturer of notebooks and mobile workstations targeting professionals. The email announced the launch of Panther 3.0 Mobile Workstation with the NVIDIA Quadro K5000M GPU.

Quadro K5000M hides below the second heatsink to the left. Two fans cool down the CPU, two fans cool down the GPU via heatpipes
Quadro K5000M hides below the second heatsink to the left. Two fans cool down the CPU, two fans cool down the GPU via heatpipes

Yes, this is the next-generation Quadro product based on critically-acclaimed 28nm Kepler architecture. In its mobile form, the Quadro K5000M GPU packs 1344 CUDA cores and 4GB GDDR5 graphics memory. 1344 cores is a clear indication that one SMX cluster (192 cores) is disabled when compared to the full GK104 silicon – thus NVIDIA will have space to launch the K6000M, if the company decides to do so.

Feature set is identical to the one offered by a consumer GeForce GTX 680M cards – DirectX 11, PhysX, CUDA, OpenCL – with the key difference being drivers that are heavily optimized for the professional applications. It is no secret that software engineers represent the vast majority among its almost 8,000 strong workforce, and this year’s Quadro generation will be no different. In professional applications, we expect to see upwards of 85% performance increase when compared to previous generation. The reason for such figure is quite simple – previous gen 5010M was based on GF114, i.e. GeForce GTX 560 Ti, and not the GF110 i.e. GeForce GTX 580. As we all know, comparison between GTX 680 and GTX 560 Ti is akin to comparing a regional airplane such as turbo-propelled Dash Q8-400 with a Boeing 787 or Airbus A380 (take your pick).

NVIDIA's new mobile line-up - Kepler-based Quadros replace the Fermi-based ones
NVIDIA’s new mobile line-up – Kepler-based Quadros replace the Fermi-based ones

In the picture above, you can see the comparison between two product generations, the Fermi and Kepler based ones. The difference in the amount of CUDA cores is astounding, but to us – one of key differences is also the inclusion of DisplayPort 1.2, meaning a single cable can run 4K display resolutions (3840×2160, 4096×2160).

Eurocom also released performance figures, which we bring you in their entirety…

NVIDIA Quadro K5000M Benchmarks in EUROCOM Panther 3.0

  • 3DMark11 (1280×1024): P4329
  • 3DMark Vantage (1280×1024): P20139
  • Unigine Heaven 2.1 FPS (1920×1080): 45.8
  • Unigine Heaven 2.1 Score (1920×1080): 1154
  • CineBench 11.5 OpenGL Test (fps): 70.2
  • SPECviewperf® 11 64bit
  • catia-03: 38.78
  • ensight-04: 50.11
  • lightwave-01: 44.87
  • maya-03: 55.99
  • proe-05: 10.82
  • sw-02: 41.24
  • tcvis-02: 40.79
  • snx-01: 38.25

In terms of actual product itself, you can head over to the website and configure the 17.3" EUROCOM Panther 3.0, with price starting at $2,384. Adding a Quadro K5000M will rise the price by $1,995 (to $3,479) and should you opt to max out all the options (6-core Xeon, 24GB DDR3-1600, 480GBSSD + 4TB storage), this mobile workmonster will set you back by $9,015.