In our PNY Pro Tip #7, we introduced the latest VirtualLink addition to the Turing RTX GPU output offering, and how it was developed to make VR more accessible. While the idea of one cable connection for VR is great, there are currently no VR HMDs (Head Mounted Display) available with VirtualLink. In this follow up blog, we will go over 3 ideas that our readers can use the VirtualLink port for.
Did you know the NVIDIA Windows 10 Drivers for Quadro and GeForce RTX Turing based GPUs are incompatible with Windows 10 RS2 or earlier? This includes Windows 10 Threshold 1, Threshold 2, Redstone 1, and Redstone 2 operating systems.
Owners of the new Turing-based Quadro or GeForce RTX graphics cards will notice their GPU offers a USB Type-C port in addition to the standard DisplayPort and HDMI ports. It might be odd to see a graphics board with a USB port, but the new addition makes Virtual Reality (VR) more accessible via a new open industry standard called VirtualLink.
When building a powerful workstation utilizing multiple graphics boards, an adequate and clean power supply to the power hungry GPUs is key to overall system stability and performance.
Overdrawing power can cause instability and system crashes, or could potentially overheat power cables to the extent of melting the plastic shielding and causing catastrophic shorts, or even a fire.
In the last PNY Pro Tip, we covered buying tips for video cables, we will continue this topic and discuss the adapters that PNY includes with selected Quadro graphics cards and why they are not your average adapters.
Low Profile Quadro Graphics Cards:
“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link,” a valuable lesson in life as well as in your GPU ecosystem.
While the demand for higher fidelity and performance is causing our customers to seek ever more powerful GPUs and monitors which can offer higher refresh rates, resolution, and color reproduction, the cable that connects the two devices frequently gets ignored.
Here are 3 tips to ensure you get the “right” cable based on “How to Choose a DisplayPort cable and not get a bad one” published by Craig Wiley, Chairman of VESA organization. *
Updates (06/28/2018): PNY recommends applying the software tool to GeForce cards only. Quadro users should contact PNY Technical support to learn the ideal update procedure to meet their specific configuration and intended application needs.
One of the most common (and best) tips we give to customers is to make sure they are using the latest NVIDIA driver, but the second most common recommendation is to do a clean install of the latest driver.
By requesting a clean install, the driver package will remove any previously installed files, which might be corrupted by system crashes or malware, and ensures that the OS has pristine and current driver files to work with.
Electricity powers your high-performance computer; having the right power supply is crucial to maximizing your GPU performance and reliability.
Here are some tips to ensure your GPU is powered properly
- Follow manufacturer’s wattage recommendation
- Have the correct auxiliary connections
- Make sure power connections are seated fully and secured properly
Additional Read: Quadro Power Guidelines (pdf)