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NVIDIA RTX A6000 and NVIDIA A40 pack GA102 and 48GB GDDR6 ECC memory

by Vyncent ChanOctober 6, 2020
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When NVIDIA announced the GeForce RTX 30 series, we were wondering how will they name the Ampere-based Quadro cards. Well, the answer is here. There might not be any Quadro cards this generation, but instead NVIDIA decided to change the naming scheme, and release the NVIDIA RTX A6000 and NVIDIA A40 GPUs, featuring the full GA102 GPU with 10752 CUDA cores and 48GB of GDDR6 with ECC.

nvidia a40 cooler

The main difference between the RTX A6000 and A40 GPU is the cooling solution. The former is designed for use in workstations with a blower cooler, while the latter packs a passive cooler as it is meant for use in servers. The VRAM is also slightly different, with the NVIDIA RTX A6000 packing 16Gbps GDDR6, while the A40 packs 14.5Gbps. The NVIDIA A40 also offers three DisplayPort outputs, which is not at all common on server cards.

nvidia RTX a6000

Meanwhile we have the NVIDIA RTX A6000 as the spiritual successor to the Turing-based Quadro RTX GPUs, offering the full range of professional features that you would expect from a Quadro GPU, although it is not a Quadro by name. Of course, it also brings the enhanced Tensor and RT cores from the Ampere architecture for a sweet performance bump. You get four DisplayPort 1.4 ports and none of the sweet HDMI 2.1 ports that are expected to power future 8K60 displays.

NVIDIA RTX A6000, NVIDIA A40 Specs

NVIDIA RTX A6000 NVIDIA A40
GPU NVIDIA GA102, Samsung 8N
10752 CUDA cores
Memory 48GB 16Gbps GDDR6, ECC  48GB 14.5Gbps GDDR6, ECC
Memory bus width 384-bit
TGP rating 300W
NVLink Yes, NVLink3
Cooling Active, Blower Passive

NVIDIA will be making the NVIDIA RTX A6000 and RTX A40 available from OEM workstation and server vendors by early next year.

Pokdepinion: Well I wonder how much will they go for. And will we see the RTX A6000 in a laptop?

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.