NVIDIA Quadro NVS 290 is a graphics card introduced to the market in October 2007 for workstations. The GPU was manufactured through the 80nm technology, encompassing many innovative features required by many design applications. It might not be the kind of video card you would need for high-end applications but deliver the result by SMBs. It features 16 CUDA cores, 8 texture mapping units, and 4 ROPs.
The Quadro NVS 290 GPU features a 256MB of DDR2 memory interfaced through a 64-bit bus. The memory has a clock speed of 460MHz, and the processor clocks at 400MHz, resulting in an overall bandwidth of 6.4GBps. This is a single-port card that requires one PCIe 1.0 or higher slot on the motherboard. It draws its rated power of 21W through the PCIe lanes. This heat generated can be effectively dissipated out of the system through a single-slot cooling system.
The GPU supports dual monitors with a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 85Hz. The digital resolution, through the DVI port, is 1920 x 1200, and the analog resolution through the VGA port is 2048 x 1536. The video output is through one DMS-59 port. That means you will need DMS-59 to dual DVI-I and DMS-59 to VGA cable to get the video signals to your monitor.
If your workstation runs the Windows Vista operating system, this might be the right video card you need. It offers an enriched 3D user interface, enhanced application performance, and photorealistic images. The NVIDIA Quadro NVS 290 uses board and OpenGL ICD drivers that are optimized to support both 32-bit and 64-bit computations for a better Windows Vista experience. It is also suitable as a transition between the 32-bit and 64-bit computation.