NVIDIA's Quadro P5000 GPU Review
Staff Writer By: Ricky Grove (gToon)
NVIDIA has been successfully developing and innovating computer graphics technology for nearly 20 years. Whether in the gaming world with their GeForce 10 series of cards or in the professional workstation Quadro series of cares, NVIDIA is committed to making a difference in how users interact with computer graphics. Their technology in the workstation market, in particular, has spurred further development in fields like oil exploration, architecture, medical imaging, artificial intelligence and deep learning.
In February, 2017, NVIDIA completed their refresh of the Quadro Pascal series of workstation graphics cards. From the Quadro P400 to the top of the line GP100, every Quadro card is built using their newest Pascal graphics architecture. With Pascall NVIDIA has created a tehcnological powerhouse for graphics and computer processing. Pascal is designed using the advanced FinFet transistor design and offers huge increases in performance from entry level workstations all the way up to the top of the line Quadro GP100. Every card in the Quadro series features new AI algorithims, the absolute best in VR graphics support, huge increases in peformance, NVIDIA's NVLink technology for maximum scalability and innovative memory designs that provides a 3X boost in memory bandwidth.
Today, we are going to look at NVIDIA's new Quadro P5000 workstation card which is a high end graphics card built for accuracy and reliability.
The entire NVIDIA Quadro Pascal lineup supports the latest NVIDIA CUDA 8 compute platform providing developers access to powerful new Pascal features in developer tools, performance enhancements and new libraries including nvGraph.
What all this means is that with the new Pascal Quadro cards, NVIDIA gives users the power to advance rendering, design, simulation, create expansive visual workspaces with multiple monitors and reap the benefits of photorealistic design. And all of this on graphics cards that are faster and more energy efficient than ever before.
The NVIDIA Quadro P5000
This powerful card is a dual slot, full height card and features 4x DP 1.4 + DVI-D DL display connectors. These connections allow you to run simultaneous displays 4 direct and 4 DP 1.4 multistream. This is an essential element for designers and engineers who need accurate multi-screen performance.
The Quadro P5000 draws power rated at 180 watts which is slightly more than the previous M5000 card, but the difference is minor. You can view the complete system stats on NVIDIA's Quadro P5000 data sheet along with detailed technical information.
Using the Quadro P5000
Once my new workstation was complete, I began to use the card immediately for projects that were on a short deadline. Let's just get this out of the way first: The Quadro P5000 is a very powerful graphics processor. In fact, it's a monster of a card. Overall, my rendering times decreased nearly 60% for all video rendering projects and 40% - 50% on modeling jobs in Houdini and Maya 2017. This freed me up to develop ideas and creative solutions instead of waiting for a project to render.
Although testing is useful for graphics cards, the performance can vary from system to system. I used the Cinebench test and the standard PassMark GPU test. As you can see the results are spectacular putting the card in the very top percentile of cards worldwide. I'd also like to note that the card never got above 72 degrees during any of these tests, a testament to the excellent cooling system on the P5000 card.
The Quadro Pascal series graphics cards and, in particular, the P5000 are simply remarkable. In my testing, I found that the Quadro P5000 made a significant difference in my work time reducing project completion time by nearly 60%. Plus, the cooler temperatures and the lower wattage made my workstation more efficient and less prone to over-heating. Since I have and extensive multi-task workflow, knowing the Quadro P5000 will work reliably fast and cool makes a bid difference in my work focus, too.
I was very impressed with the Quadro P5000 graphics card. I knew it would be a great card, but I did not expect it to be so powerful and helpful in smoothing my workflow. Time spent on waiting for renders is now a thing of the past. For professional workstations, I recommend the Quadro P5000 as it is an outstanding professional graphics card that is fast, reliable and accurate.
How to Buy the Quadro P5000
NVIDIA's Quadro series of graphics cards are designed to fit different kinds of budgets. If the P5000 card is perhaps beyond your budget, there is a mid-range cards (P2000 and entry-level cards P600 and P400 that can still make a big difference in how your workstation processes graphics. You can find out about the entire line of Quadro GPU series here: