NVIDIA now offers a solution for professionals eager to acquire its new Ampere architecture: RTX A6000 and A40. They are two powerful GPUs with 10,752 CUDA cores and 48GB of VRAM, easily surpassing the $1499 RTX 3090. They are the successors to the previous RTX 8000 and 6000 Quadro GPUs. It is not clear why NVIDIA will abandon the Quadro brand this time, but the name on the card has nothing to do with anyone who needs professional-grade performance.
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NVIDIA has not revealed the clock speed and specific technical details of these cards, but you can think of them as super-powerful versions of the RTX 3080 and 3090. They run the same full GA102 GPU as these two cards, and they are identical to each other except that the A90 is fully passively cooled and has a slower 14.5 Gbps memory clock. There may be some strange performance differences between 3080 and 3090. In some cases, the A6000 can run twice as fast as the RTX 8000.
As always, these are not cards that many consumers need to consider, but they are a convincing choice for anyone who needs GPU capabilities for professional work. For servers centered on intensive computing, A90 will be a reliable choice. NVIDIA also includes three DisplayPort connections. The company said that the RTX A6000 will be available in mid-December and the A40 will be available early next year.