New Display Engine
With Evergreen architecture, AMD surprised the world by introducing display support for up to six displays from a single graphics processor. I remember that I spoke to NVIDIA GPU architects and executives who came to USS Hornet for AMD Evergreen after party (regardless of what most people think, but a lot of people from Intel, AMD, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Google, Apple - are house friends and there are no animosities like a vocal minority and the users themselves); they were shocked at the trick that Carrell Killebrew pulled not just on NVIDIA, but on AMD themselves. Eyefinity was close guarded secret and nobody knew about it.
Three years later, NVIDIA is finally able to answer with the brand new display engine. Focus was enabling 3D Vision Surround running of a single card, with fourth display added for presence on social networks / internet / email while gaming on three displays.
We expect this feature to be of great importance when it comes to commercial use, especially in financial sector. Furthermore, video professionals will be all over the card for finally enabling the holy trinity of video production: dual display with working palettes and a calibrated TV which shows the video as it's going to be broadcasted.
Tagging onto the video production bandwagon, Kepler also supports 4K display resolutions from a single cable, just like Radeon HD 7700/7800/7900 series. DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a "high speed" (3GHz) can now drive 3840x2160 and 4096x2160 at 60Hz.
New Video Engine: NVENC
When NVIDIA introduced 2nd generation Tesla architecture (GT200), there was a lot of talk about the GPU video encoding functionality. With the arrival of Sandy Bridge architecture, the talk died down on the consumer level. In commercial usage, NVIDIA Quadro represents de facto the standard, greatly helped by the fact that leading companies based their software on CUDA: Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, Avid utilize GPGPU functionality to the level where a thought of even using a dual-socket CPU configuration seems wasteful.
NVENC is the new generation of video encoding engine which claims 1080p encoding at 120-240 frames per second in popular H.264 for 2D and MVC (Multi-view Video Encoding) for 3D video.
Kepler now supports hardware acceleration for videoconferencing and wireless display, while transcoding and video editing should be brought to another level. Given that Adobe is coming out with Creative Suite 6 just in time for NAB 2012, the annual broadcaster conference which starts on April 14 in Las Vegas, NV.
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