July 27, 2016

NVIDIA Goes for Live Streaming VR with the Quadro P6000

NVIDIA's newest top-of-the-line cards are the first to work with the VRWorks 360 Video platform.

NVIDIA has been on something of an announcement binge lately, with the recent Titan X and GTX 1080 cards coming in at fantastic price points for the home user. Now, with VR heading down the pike, tremendous GPU power is going to be needed in the near future, and NVIDIA is there to pick up the slack at the top end with its newly released P6000 and P5000 cards, the first capable of doing live streaming VR on their VRWorks 360 Video software platform.

While prices haven't been released yet, the previous generation M6000 and M5000 sold for $5000 and $2000 respectively, and we can expect these prices to be in the same ballpark, so these are very much designed to be professional tools. However, if you find yourself bidding a job that is going to require any sort of live VR processing, this is the tool you'll need.

You do get a lot of bang for your buck, however, with the P6000 having 3840 CUDA cores and a crazy 24GB of GDDR5X VRAM, giving you 12 TFLOPS of FP32 performance. To run the card you will need to have a spare double width PCIe 3.0 x 16 slot, and to take full advantage of the memory you'll need for running Linux.

If you are a pro user doing a lot of heavy rendering, this is definitely a card worth considering. For the rest of us, especially if running OS-X or Windows, the GTX-1080 and Titan-X will do a great job at just a fraction of the price.      

Your Comment


How do you get a GTX 1080 or Titan X on OSX? Or a current Mac Pro for that matter?

July 27, 2016 at 9:35PM

David Sharp
Video Editor, Cinematographer, Teacher

You can kit out the old silver towers. I have a 980 in mine. The PC Cards don't have the firmware to boot so you have to run a mac gpu alongside, or pay someone to flash the firmware onto the card. Not sure if the drivers are updated for 1080s but no doubt will be. The trash cans are trickier because of the form factor but I think there are external solutions, but they're expensive.

July 28, 2016 at 1:47AM

Russell Anway
DP, editor, compositor

In a nMP the only way is using a thunderbold PCIe adaptor. On a cMP these cards fit right in, obviously, and then all you have to do is download Nvidia's web drivers. It's surprisingly simple. Don't have to get them flashed or do anything tricky in terminal, and you DON't have to run a mac gpu alongside. Source: I'm running an MSI 980TI right now, not flashed, no other card in my cMP.

July 28, 2016 at 11:00AM


Yes, you are right. I was unclear. It does boot into OS X without a Mac card or any special firmware. I run a dual boot system and without the Mac card the screen where it shows what you are booting into doesn't show. Good idea or not, having it flashed would remedy that. Though certainly not a good option for a 6k quadro.

July 28, 2016 at 12:06PM

Russell Anway
DP, editor, compositor

There is no Mac nVidia web driver support for the Pascal series of cards, yet.
Early indication (developer previews) points to support after Apple releases MacOS "Sierra".
Sierra will only run on the 4,1 - 5,1 cMP. c = "classic". 2010, 2012 models.
On the 'current' MacPro you will have to overcome some technical challenges to enable it via eGPU. If its just for "compute" - speed up render times - then TB2 should suffice.
p.s The Titan Xp - USD $1200 at launch - is basically the same, with half the ram.
A paltry 12gb ;-)

August 9, 2016 at 11:10AM, Edited August 9, 11:17AM

Nicholas Croft
IT consultant