NVIDIA introduces RTX A2000, the most powerful low profile workstation GPU

NVIDIA introduces RTX A2000, the most powerful low profile workstation GPU

NVIDIA introduces RTX A2000

NVIDIA has announced its new RTX A2000 desktop video card, equipped with 6GB of ECC memory and featuring a low profile form factor. It will be NVIDIA's new mid-range offering for the workstation market and is based on the latest Ampere architecture with second-generation RT cores and third-generation Tensor cores. Recall that the product should not be confused with its already available mobile equivalent.

Credit: NVIDIA From the point of view of specifications, we are dealing with a graphics card with 3,328 CUDA cores, 104 Tensor cores and 26 RT core for computational power of 8TFLOP (single-precision), 15.6TFLOP (RT) and 63.9TFLOP (Tensor). 6GB of error corrected GDDR6 (ECC) memory leverages a 192-bit bus to provide an overall bandwidth of 288GB / s. RTX A2000 is also very economical when it comes to power consumption: its TDP is set at just 70W. The interface used is PCI Express 4.0 x16, while, as regards the size, the object occupies two expansion slots. The video outputs include 4 mini Display Port 1.4a that allow you to drive up to four monitors at 4K resolution at 120Hz. Graphics API DirectX 12.07, Shader Model 5.17, OpenGL 4.68 and Vulkan 1.2 are supported, as well as Compute API CUDA, DirectCompute and OpenCL.

Credit: NVIDIA The RTX A2000 graphics card will be NVIDIA's first low profile solution based on absolute Ampere, allowing it to be installed even in small chassis. At the moment, the Californian company has not yet revealed the price, but the product will be available starting next October.

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NVIDIA Launches RTX A2000 Low-Profile Ampere Graphics Card For SFF Workstations

It looks as though the AMD Radeon Pro W6600 isn't the only workstation graphics card vying for your attention today. NVIDIA just announced its RTX A2000, which is the company's newest entry-level professional graphics card.

When we typically think of NVIDIA's RTX A-Series professional-oriented graphics cards, we imagine beefy cards that are thick and/or long. The RTX A2000, on the other hand, is a relatively small card that can fit into small-form-factor (SFF) workstations. As a result, NVIDIA equipped the GA106 with a low-profile cooler while adhering to a 2-slot card layout.

Given its entry-level status, the RTX A2000 is down considerably on power compared to the RTX A4000, the next step up the ladder in NVIDIA's Ampere workstation family. It features 3,328 CUDA cores and 104 Tensor cores with a maximum GPU boost clock of 1,200MHz. NVIDIA quotes single-precision performance of 8 TFLOPS (63.9 Tensor TFLOPS) compared to 19.2 TFLOPS (153.4 Tensor TFLOPS) for the RTX A4000.

The RTX A4000 also sports 6GB of 12Gbps GDDR6 memory operating on a 192-bit memory bus. This compares to 16GB 14Gbps GDDR6 (256-bit memory bus) for the RTX A4000. The RTX A2000's cut-down specs also mean that it sips power compared to its more performant sibling. It features a TDP of just 70 watts, which is half that of the RTX A4000.

NVIDIA switched to four Mini DisplayPort 1.4a ports (with latching mechanism) on the I/O bracket on the connectivity front. According to NVIDIA, the card can drive up to four 5K displays at 60Hz or four 4K displays at 120Hz.

'Introducing RT Cores into the NVIDIA RTX A2000 has resulted in impressive rendering speedups for photorealistic visualization compared to the previous generation GPUs,' said Steven Blevins, director of Digital Practice at Cuhaci & Peterson. 'The small form factor and low power usage of the NVIDIA RTX A2000 is extraordinary and ensures fitment in just about any existing workstation chassis,' added Ken Grothman, virtual design and construction manager at Gilbane Building Company.

NVIDIA says that the RTX A2000 will ship in October priced at $450 and will ship in pre-built systems from ASUS, Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell.