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PNY Quadro FX 4800 Quadro FX 4800 VCQFX4800-PCIE-PB 1.5GB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card

  • Quadro FX 4800
  • 1.5GB GDDR3
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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Quadro FX 4800


PCI Express 2.0 x16


Chipset Manufacturer
Quadro FX 4800
Stream Processors


Memory Size
Memory Interface
Memory Type


DirectX 10
OpenGL 3.0


Other Ports


Digital Resolution
2560 x 1600
Analog Resolution
2048 x 1536@85Hz
SLI Supported
With Fan
Dual-Link DVI Supported
Operating Systems Supported
Windows XP (64-bit and 32-bit), Windows 2000
Linux (64-bit and 32-bit)
System Requirements
PC compatible with Intel Pentium 4/Xeon or AMD Opteron class processor or higher
Open PCI Express x16 lane slot
Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, 2000, or Linux
512MB system memory
50MB of available disk space for full installation
CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or BD-ROM drive
DVI-I or VGA compatible display(s)
750W power supply (higher capacity may be required for SLI)


128-bit color precision
Unlimited fragment instruction
Unlimited vertex instruction
3D volumetric texture support
Hardware accelerated, antialiased points and lines
Hardware OpenGL overlay planes
Hardware accelerated two-sided lighting
Hardware accelerated clipping planes
3rd-generation occlusion culling
Window ID clipping functionality
Hardware accelerated line stippling
Full Shader Model 4.0 (OpenGL 2.1/DirectX 10 class)
Long fragment instructions (unlimited instructions)
Long vertex instructions (unlimited instructions)
Looping and subroutines (up to 256 loops per vertex program)
Dynamic flow control
Conditional execution
Optimized complier for Cg and Microsoft HLSL
OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 10 support
Open source compiler
Rotated Grid Full-Scene Antialiasing (RG FSAA)
32x FSAA dramatically reduces visual aliasing artifacts or ‘jaggies’ at resolutions up to 1920 x 1200
64x FSAA SLI Mode
Single dual-link DVI-I outputs drives a digital display at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz
Dual DisplayPort connectors support an ultra high-resolution digital panel (up to 2560 x 1600)
Internal 400MHz DAC – single analog display up to 2048 x 1536 at 85Hz (via DVI-I to VGA adapter, included)
Advanced multi-display desktop and application management, seamlessly integrated into Microsoft Windows


Package Contents
Driver Disk
User Manual
Display Port to DVI Adapter
DVI to VGA/D-sub Adapter

Manufacturer Warranty

3 years limited
3 years limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

Customer Reviews of the PNY Technologies, Inc. VCQFX4800-PCIE-PB

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  • Al B.
  • 4/30/2011 2:33:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPerformance depends on pairing

Pros: This is a fantastic card, but must be paired with an equally fantastic machine and the right drivers in order to fully realize this card's potential.

Cons: expensive, but worth it

Other Thoughts: I bought the card for Autocad 3d bim coordination and it is fantastic, but you must use it in a fantastic machine to utilize the power of this card. With a basic dell machine and no tweaks I would only get 15-30% utilization out of this card. After custom building a machine with SSD RAID 0, 8 gigs of RAM, and four cores of an i7 860 running at 3.8 ghz I can get a 99% core gpu load and an 84% gpu memory load out of this card. I can run two instances of AutoCad MEP, two instances of Navisworks Manage, two instances of Revit MEP, and several large adobe files open simultaneously with nary a hitch. While I am plotting in one instance I can be working in another while waiting for plots or renders or audits to complete in the other. This card is terrific. If you do not get full utilization it is because you have not optimized your machine for this card. If you are doing 2d linework this card is totally uneccessary, but if you are running 3d files over 100mb this card is well worth it.

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  • Anton N.
  • 12/20/2010 2:38:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat REVIT Workstation Card

Pros: Used for a REVIT application. Renders building models faster than any other card I've tried, switching view ports had never been faster.

Cons: a bit overkill, the 1800 preforms almost as well for 1/3 of the cost.

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  • Luis C.
  • 6/5/2010 7:58:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHope my replacement card does work...

Pros: Mercury playback with adobe CS5 is a sweet thing...

Cons: DVI port works fine out of the box, when plugged in the included Displayport to DVI-D cable that came supplied with the card and attached my second monitor nothing came out of the port, no way I could get it to work. a day after spending a few hours trying to get it to work installing drivers version and then the beta drivers from Nvidia (, still no display, finally after rebooting the PC with the monitor unplugged and plugged it back it did detected the monitor and then it went away after 2 or 3 minutes, sending this piece of sh..t to replace it, I just wish there would be a second manufacturer for this card, cause I called PNY and they were not help, they have a single person in support for the Quadro cards and he was out to lunch for about 2 hours before I could get a hold of him, also this support person is not base in the US, so talking to him with the ascent was difficult to me, he did not even could understand I was referring to a Quadro FX 4800...

Other Thoughts: This bothers me a lot and hope you guys who read this make some more deep investigation before buying this card specially from PNY.

Manufacturer Response:

Quadro FX4800 has a one DVI and Two display port, board ship with one display port to DVI-SL cable.It is very easy to plug in windows 7 which support hot plug in play.

Windows7 automatic detect monitor on display port and configure it.
End user not require any configuration.

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  • Will S.
  • 12/3/2009 7:09:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsYou probably don't need this card

Pros: Nvidia - if you are a Nvidia believer. Runs cool and quiet.
I never write reviews, I am trying to save you some $$.

Cons: Way over priced. Bottom line is that if you are running a CAD application, you don't need this card. Your application will not tap the full power of the card, and therefore all you need is a FX 3800 at the most. I had lots of back and forth with Nvidia, and they admit that many users "over buy" graphics cards. They said there are very few applications that can benefit from this card, the example they use as a good fit for this card is oil exploration applications. I tested a number of cards in my HP Z800 workstation, but I wasted good $$ on the FX 4800. CAD is not a high frame rate app, and the large video buffer provides little benefit because the CAD app can't see the full buffer. If you are running high frame rates like video editing then get a gaming card. Go to the Nvidia site and compare the performance - the gaming cards wipe out the "professional" cards from a performance per $ standpoint. Also tried a GTX 295, it was no better than a 8400GS for CAD.

Other Thoughts: Have been solid modeling since 1988. Currently running Pro/E WF5 and SolidWorks 2010. Application is to import scan data and create surface models. Last scan job was 14 million polygons. Tried FX 1800 and it wasn't cutting it. Called and emailed Nvidia. They said the FX 4800 would do the trick. It ends up that both Pro/E and SolidWorks cannot tap the full power of this card. Pro/E handles the data better than SolidWorks, but that is the software not the card. If you are running high frame rate applications consider saving big $$ and buy a gaming card. There is a raging debate about whether you can use gaming cards for CAD. They are exactly the same hardware, so you are paying for the drivers. I tried a 8400GS gaming card and it worked great. I used it for a month, modeling every day in both Pro/E and SW. For $40 the performance was awesome. It did have some instability related to the driver so you have to decide if the driver is worth it. If you are running CAD buy a FX 1800 or 3800.

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  • Brian K.
  • 6/24/2009 6:43:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis card rocks!!!

Pros: I bought this card to put in a new workstation that I'm running SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation. With part detail turned to high this card doesn't miss a beat (frame). I've had no problems with this card at all. I'm running Windows 7 RC with one 5570 Nahelam 12GB RAM.

Cons: Pricey, but if you need the performance it's worth every dollar.

Other Thoughts: Buy this card again in a heart beat.

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  • Jacob L.
  • 2/27/2009 1:13:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExactly as expected

Pros: Viewports in Maya are quick and responsive even with the heaviest scenes. Contrary to what the other reviewer said, I have had no problem with DisplayPort. I run my primary monitor off the DVI and a secondary off one of the DisplayPort and if anything, the secondary monitor is faster to wake up than the primary.

Low power consumption. Extremely fast and robust card. No complains.

Cons: Large physical footprint but that is to be expected. Perhaps a second DVI port as opposed to 2 displayports would have been handy but an displayport to DVI adapter is included (which is very sleek) so it's no problem.

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  • Truc L.
  • 1/25/2009 7:45:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMaybe a bad card?

Pros: I use Solidworks 2007 for this card on a Dell Precision T7400 computer. It's fast compared to my FX 1700. But compared to the FX3700M on a laptop my co worker has, it looks like it has the same speed.

Cons: I have a lot of problems with this card. PNY is no help either since it's hard to contact them for technical support. The DVI port works fine. But the displayport gives me a lot of problems. After a few minutes of idling, my monitor automatically shuts down. When I come back, I can't turn the displayport monitor on. I have to do a restart to get the displayport monitor working again. One time, the displayport monitor turns on, but the color of the screen is extremely poor. Again a restart is needed. The bad part about this is, the problem is intermittent and not repeatable. Sometime it turns on fine, sometime it can't.

If you disconnect the displayport and reconnect it, the screen won't come on. Is that a funtionality or a bad card? I don't know. I just give up and return the card and get the FX5600.

Other Thoughts: If you get this card, and if you have an old monitor with a VGA connector, VGA and displayport don't work.

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