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NVIDIA's Kepler™-based GRID K1 and K2 boards are specifically designed to enable rich graphics in virtualized environments.

Maximum User Density
GRID boards have an optimized multi-GPU design that helps to maximize user density. The GRID K1 board features 4 GPUs and 16 GB of graphics memory. Combined with NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ technology, the GRID K1 supports up to 32 users on a single board.

Power Efficiency
GRID boards are designed to provide data center-class power efficiency, including the revolutionary new streaming multiprocessor, called "SMX". The result is an innovative, proven solution that delivers revolutionary performance per-watt for the enterprise data center.

24/7 Reliability
GRID boards are designed, built, and tested by NVIDIA for 24/7 operation. Working closely with leading server vendors such as Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM, and SuperMicro ensures GRID cards perform optimally and reliably for the life of the system.  


NVIDIA GRID-Accelerated Remoting

Low-Latency Remote Display
NVIDIA's patented low-latency remote display technology greatly improves the user experience by reducing the lag that users feel when interacting with their virtual machine. With this technology, the virtual desktop screen is encoded and pushed directly to the remoting protocol.
Built into every Kepler GPU is a high-performance H.264 encoding engine capable of encoding simultaneous streams with superior quality. This provides a giant leap forward in cloud server efficiency by offloading the CPU from encoding functions and allowing the encode function to scale with the number of GPUs in a server.The GRID Accelerated Remoting technology is available in industry leading remote display protocols, such as Citrix HDX 3D Pro and VMware Horizon View.


GRID Virtualization

Widest Range of Virtualization Solutions
GRID cards enable GPU-capable virtualization solutions from CitrixMicrosoft, and VMware, delivering the flexibility to choose from a wide range of proven solutions. GRID GPUs can be dedicated to a single high-end user or shared among multiple users. 



GRID boards feature NVIDIA Kepler-based GPUs that, for the first time, allow hardware virtualization of the GPU. This means multiple users can share a single GPU, improving user density while providing true PC performance and application compatibility. For more information about GRID vGPU visit here.



NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ brings the full benefit of NVIDIA hardware-accelerated graphics to virtualized solutions. This technology provides exceptional graphics performance for virtual desktops equivalent to local PCs when sharing a GPU among multiple users. GRID vGPU is the industry's most advanced technology for sharing true GPU hardware acceleration between multiple virtual desktops—without compromising the graphics experience. Application features and compatibility are exactly the same as they would be at the desk. With GRID vGPU technology, the graphics commands of each virtual machine are passed directly to the GPU, without translation by the hypervisor. This allows the GPU hardware to be time-sliced to deliver the ultimate in shared virtualized graphics performance.



vGPU Profiles mean customized, Dedicated Graphics Memory 
Take advantage of vGPU Manager to assign just the right amount of memory to meet the specific needs of each user. Every virtual desktop has dedicated graphics memory, just like they would at their desk, so they always have the resources they need to launch and use their applications. vGPU Manager enables up to eight users to share each physical GPU, assigning the graphics resources of the available GPUs to virtual machines in a balanced approach. Each NVIDIA GRID K1 card has up to four GPUs, allowing 32 users to share a single card.


NVIDIA GRID Graphics Board Virtual GPU Profile Application Certifications Graphics Memory Max Displays Per User Max Resolution Per Display Max Users Per Graphics Board Use Case
GRID K2 K260Q Yes 2,048 MB 4 2560x1600 4 Designer/Power User
K240Q Yes 1,024 MB 2 2560x1600 8 Designer/Power User
K220Q Yes 512 MB 2 2560x1600 16 Designer/Power User
K200   256 MB 2 1900x1200 16 Knowledge Worker
GRID K1 K140Q Yes 1,024 MB 2 2560x1600 16 Power User
K120Q Yes 512 MB 2 2560x1600 32 Power User
K100   256 MB 2 1900x1200 32 Knowledge Worker


The GPU profiles ending in Q undergo the same rigorous application certification process as our NVIDIA® Quadro® workstation-class processors. For a list of certified applications, download NVIDIA GRID Remote Workstation Certifications.

The GRID K100 and K200 GPU profiles are designed for the lighter graphics workloads associated with the applications that knowledge workers and power users use most of their time. These include Windows 7 with Aero enabled, viewing rich web content such as Adobe Flash or HTML 5, or simply getting the full interactive experience of Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word). To understand more about the graphics requirements of your applications, consult your application vendor.

NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ on VMware vSphere® brings the full benefit of virtualized graphics acceleration on NVIDIA GRID. This technology provides exceptional graphics performance for virtual desktops equivalent to local PCs when sharing a GPU among multiple users. Early Access to NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ on VMware vSphere®.



GRID vGPU for Citrix XenServer is available today.

Step 1: Make sure you have configured XenServer 6.2 SP1 and XenDesktop 7.1 or higher. 
Visit more information.

Step 2: Download the NVIDIA GRID vGPU Software by visiting and selecting: 
>Product Type: GRID.
>Product Series: NVIDIA GRID vGPU. 
>Product: GRID K1 or K2.

The GRID vGPU software package includes: 
>Release Notes
>GRID vGPU User Guide 
>GRID vGPU Manager 
>Driver for GRID K1 or K2

1 - NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ is only supported on compatible versions of Citrix XenServer. Consult Citrix for compatibility.


NVIDIA GRID™ software brings the full benefit of NVIDIA hardware-accelerated graphics to virtualized solutions. Dedicated GPU, also known as GPU pass-through, utilizes this technology and provides a virtual machine access to a dedicated GPU and enables exceptional graphics performance to a virtual desktop equivalent to a local workstation.

NVIDIA GPU pass-through technology lets you create a virtual workstation that gives users all the benefits of a dedicated graphics processor at their desk. By directly connecting a dedicated GPU to a virtual machine through the hypervisor, you can now allocate the full GPU and graphics memory capability to a single virtual machine without any resource compromise.

The use of the proven NVIDIA Graphics Driver in the virtual machine ensures 100% application compatibility with traditional non-virtualized workstation environments and the availability of the most recent NVIDIA supported OpenGL 4.4, DirectX 11 and CUDA® 6.0 versions.

For a list of certified applications, download NVIDIA GRID Remote Workstation Certifications (PDF 368 KB).



NVIDIA GPU pass-through technology is used today in various virtualization partner solutions such as: 
>Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro 
>VMware Horizon View vDGA

GPU pass-through requires special hypervisor enablement which is available in VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) and Citrix XenServer.


Number of GPUs 2 x high-end Kepler GPUs
Total NVIDIA CUDA cores 3072
Total memory size 8 GB GDDR5
Max power 225 W
Board width Dual slot
Display IO None
Aux power 8-pin connector
PCIe x16
PCIe generation Gen3 (Gen2 compatible)
Technical Specifications GRID K2 Board Specifications