Nvidia Announces RTX A2000 Workstation GPU
Posted: August 17,2022
The smallest ever Ampere GPU isn’t a compact RTX 2060 graphics card, but a brand new card meant to fit into specialized, workstation computers.
This latest piece of tech is another card in Nvidia’s lineup of A-Series GPUs, the successor to the famous Quadro series. The RTX A2000 is the smallest of the bunch, approximately half the size of the RTX 3090, but packing quite a punch in its tiny case. It has 3,328 CUDA cores and 6 GB of GDDR6 memory running at 6,001 MHz. All that combined delivers 8 teraflops of raw computing power, ideal for companies that run rendering farms or research stations that need computer clusters for complex scientific calculations.
This GPU isn’t just compact, but power-efficient, too. Under load, it requires just 70 W of power, while staying cool thanks to the encased design of all Nvidia’s A-Series cards. Of course, the tech giant is working alongside its many partners on delivering a variety of A2000 cards to the market, so expect some wild designs like we’ve seen so far with RTX 2070 GPUs and their younger silicone relatives.
The RTX A2000’s third-generation tensor cores for improved AI, the second generation of ray-tracing features, and PCIe 4 promise better performance of power-hungry apps like 3DS Max and Blender. Its small form factor means there is no need for upgrading to giant-sized computer cases and improved airflow. Nonetheless, it still has enough ports: You can hook up four monitors to it using DisplayPort 1.4 ports, something that is a must as the target audience is used to working at multimonitor setups.
The RTX A2000 launches this October at a recommended retail price of $450. Expect it to appear in premade workstations by Dell, ASUS, HP, and Lenovo, as well as in various flavors made by Nvidia’s partners.
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With a degree in humanities and a knack for the history of tech, Jovan was always interested in how technology shapes both us as human beings and our social landscapes. When he isn't binging on news and trying to predict the latest tech fads, you may find him trapped within the covers of a generic 80s cyberpunk thriller.