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NVIDIA announces Ampere-based RTX A6000 and A40 video cards for professional workloads

NVIDIA is rebranding their Quadro lineup?

What’s the skinny? NVIDIA earlier today announced its new lineup of pro-grade GPU’s based on their latest Ampere architecture. The intended use for the RTX A6000 and A40 is a professional setting that can take advantage of its raw horsepower, large ECC GPU memory bank, and professional suite of software, whether it be in a desktop environment, data center, or cloud.

The RTX A6000 and A40 are using GDDR6 and not GDDR6X for their 48GB of ECC memory as there currently isn’t a GDDR6X memory chip large enough to allow NVIDIA to reach the 48GB capacity needed for their latest GPUs. NVIDIA chose capacity over higher clock speeds, so there could be a difference in performance when directly comparing them to their mainstream counterparts (RTX 3080 and RTX 3090).

The main difference between the RTX A6000 and the RTX A40 is the A6000 is actively cooled while the A40 is passively cooled, and the RTX A6000 will feature slightly faster memory clock speeds than the A40. NVIDIA hasn’t released GPU clock-speeds yet for either card, so there could potentially be a slight difference there as well we will have to wait and see.

Key features

  • Second-Generation RT Cores: Delivers up to 2x the throughput of the previous generation, plus concurrent ray tracing, shading and compute.
  • Third-Generation Tensor Cores: Provides up to 5x the throughput of the previous generation, up to 10X with sparsity, with support for new TF32 and BF16 data formats.
  • New CUDA Cores: Delivers up to 2x the FP32 throughput of the previous generation for significant increases in graphics and compute.
  • 48GB of GPU Memory: The largest memory available in a single GPU, expandable to 96GB using NVLink to connect two GPUs.
  • Virtualization: With the addition of NVIDIA virtual GPU software such as the NVIDIA Virtual Workstation we can support graphics workloads and powerful virtual workstation instances at scale for remote users, enabling larger workflows for high-end design, AI, and compute workloads.
  • PCIe Gen 4: Provides twice the bandwidth of the previous generation, accelerating data transfers to the GPU for data-intensive workloads like data science, hybrid rendering and video streaming in PCIe Gen 4-enabled servers and workstations such as the Lenovo ThinkStation P620.

RTX A6000 specifications

GPU FeaturesNVIDIA RTX™ A6000
GPU Memory48 GB GDDR6 with error-correcting code (ECC)
Display Ports4x DisplayPort 1.4*
Max Power Consumption300 W
Graphics BusPCI Express Gen 4 x 16
Form Factor4.4” (H) x 10.5” (L) dual slot
ThermalActive
NVLink2-way low profile (2-slot and 3-slot bridges)
Connect 2 RTX A6000
vGPU Software SupportNVIDIA GRID®, NVIDIA Quadro® Virtual Data Center Workstation,
NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server
vGPU Profiles Supported1 GB, 2 GB, 3 GB, 4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB, 24 GB, 48 GB
VR ReadyYes
NVIDIA RTX A40
A40 Photo Credit: NVIDIA

RTX A40 specifications

GPU FeaturesNVIDIA RTX™ A40
GPU Memory48 GB GDDR6 with error-correcting code (ECC)
Display Ports4x DisplayPort 1.4*
Max Power Consumption300 W
Graphics BusPCI Express Gen 4 x 16
Form Factor4.4” (H) x 10.5” (L) dual slot
ThermalPassive
NVLink2-way low profile (2-slot and 3-slot bridges)
Connect 2 RTX A6000
vGPU Software SupportNVIDIA GRID®, NVIDIA Quadro® Virtual Data Center Workstation,
NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server
vGPU Profiles Supported1 GB, 2 GB, 3 GB, 4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB, 24 GB, 48 GB
VR ReadyYes

“NVIDIA Ampere is a boon to all our GPU ray tracing, more than doubling the performance of V-Ray GPU and Project Lavina when comparing the RTX 3080 to the RTX 2080,” said Phillip Miller, vice president of product management at Chaos Group. “Now our users can have real-time, 100-percent ray tracing at HD resolutions using a single card.”

Availability

The NVIDIA RTX A6000 will be available from NVIDIA and its partners starting in mid-December while the A40 from OEM workstation and server vendors sometime early next year.

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Charles Leverehttps://www.riverbankwebdesign.ca/
Charles Levere is the editor-in-chief (dork-in-chief) of Urban Dork. When he is not writing, or tinkering with hardware, he is most likely playing one of his favorite video games. He also loves being near the water, kayaking, water skiing or anything that gets him on the water and in the sun.

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