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NVIDIA Snaps Suspenders, Announces RTX A6000 and A40 Video Cards

New GPUs from NVIDIA [Source: SolidSmack]

This week, NVIDIA officially snapped their suspenders announcing the next in their series of GPUs sporting the latest graphics-crackin’ Ampere microarchitecture – the RTX A6000 Pro Viz GPU and the A40 Data Center GPU.

They follow on the mainstream GPU availability of the unexpected, highly demanded, hard to come by RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 and, later this month, RTX 3070.

NVIDIA CEO, Jensen Huang (without leather jacket) – Fact check: TRUE.

NVIDIA Ampere GPU Specs

If you love the 1st-gen RTX GPUs, the next-gen is going to make you all sorts of giddy. The Ampere cards build on the Quadro RTX capabilities and introduce the 3rd-Generation of Tensor Cores tech to speed up AI operations, 2nd-Generation RT Cores to speed up ray tracing, and 3rd-generation NVLink to speed up multiple GPU scaling.

Though new performance data is coming out daily, here’s a mish-mash of specs that are, strangely enough, spread across various sites, collected here for your convenience.

Ampere GPU Comparison

A40A6000RTX 3070RTX 3080RTX 3090
GPUGA102GA102GA104GA102GA102
VRAM48Gb48Gb8Gb10Gb24Gb
Memory Clock14.5Gb GDDR616Gb GDDR616Gb GDDR619Gb GDDR619.5Gb GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth696 Gbps768 Gbps448 Gbps760 Gbps936 Gbps
Memory Interface Width384-bit384-bit256-bit320-bit384-bit
CUDA Cores 10752107525888870410496
Tensor Cores (3rd gen)336336384576576
RT Cores (2nd gen)8484466882
Tensor Performance??82 TFlops119 TFlops143 TFlops
NVLinks SupportYesYesNoNoNo
List PriceTBATBA$499$699$1499

You’ll notice the A6000 and A40 sit roughly between the Geforce 30 Series RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 but with gains in VRAM akin to the Turing-era Quadro RTX 8000 but more than doubling its CUDA core count. In fact, it may be more helpful to compare it to the high-end Turing GPU, so let’s do that.

RTX GPU Comparison

A40RTX A6000RTX 8000
GPUGA102GA102TU102
Processor Size8nm8nm12nm
VRAM48Gb48Gb48Gb
Memory Clock14.5Gb GDDR616Gb GDDR614Gb GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth696 Gbps768 Gbps672 Gbps
Memory Interface Width384-bit384-bit384-bit
CUDA Cores10752107524608
Tensor Cores336336576
RT Cores848472
Tensor Performance??130.5 TFlops
NVLinks SupportYesYesYes
List PriceTBATBA$10000

NVIDIA Ampere GPU Design

Perhaps just as sexy as all these numbers is the new GPU design. With the sleek two-tone black/gold style, it is now a certifiable travesty to hide these GPUs inside a dust-ridden tower or rack. 

Read the rest at SolidSmack

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