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.