NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000
Image: NVIDIA

The avalanche of news about NVIDIA continues to roll down the media mountains these days. Now that many of NVIDIA’s RTX 30 Series cards have been revealed, a number of people are left wondering what is in store for its professional line of GPUs. The GeForce RTX 3090 has crept not just over the previous TITAN RTX in some specs, but also in some ways is approaching Quadro levels. Now it seems that statement may be closer to the truth than initially thought. New rumored specs for the next NVIDIA Quadro RTX have come from Moore’s Law Is Dead (via VideoCardz).

The image in the above tweet is a screenshot from the NVIDIA Control Panel. At the moment, it is believed to be a potential successor to the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000. If true, the gap between it and the GeForce RTX 3090 is even smaller than previous generations. The first obvious detail is the CUDA Cores. With 10752 CUDA Cores, this card has only 2.439 percent more than the RTX 3090. If both cards feature the same GA102 GPU, it’s presumed this is the fully activated version. Next, we see the boost clock is slightly higher as well at 1860 MHz vs. 1695 MHz of the RTX 3090.

Memory

We have previously mentioned how NVIDIA could be readying another variant of the GeForce RTX 3090 for release in 2021 pending Micron’s next yield of RAM modules. This brings up another interesting aspect of the mystery card. The VRAM here shows as 48 GB GDDR6, not GDDR6X. However, the memory bus for both cards is listed as 384-bit. This does actually make sense based on the aforementioned rumor about another RTX 3090 variant, in that they could only source 1 GB GDDR6X modules presently. Just try to imagine a card with 48 x 1 GB GDDR6X modules! While this solution would be slower than the top tier enthusiast offering the increased size would be more appropriate for professional needs.

Other Unknowns

Even if this is an Ampere-based Quadro RTX, there are still a lot of unknowns here. There’s no mention of RT or Tensor cores. Furthermore, NVIDIA has not released any images for the next line of Quadro, so we don’t know if they plan to redesign the cooler solution as seen with the RTX 30 Series cards. It would be safe to assume that display connectivity would be updated to HDMI 2.1 along with DP 1.4, but no one knows how many it would have. PCIe 4.0 connectivity would also be expected. Lastly, power specs, along with prices, remain a mystery, but considering how similar it is to the GeForce RTX 3090, both details could be in the same arena as that halo product.

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Peter Brosdahl

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  1. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 18036, member: 297″]
    If pricing of previous Quadros is any indicator, these will cost a small fortune
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    Normally I’d wholeheartedly agree but if this is a replacement for the 6000 series I’d expect between $2000-$3000 tops since the $1400 3090 already has most of these features. That is except, 48 GB of VRAM but even then this one is GDDR6 instead of the 24 GB GDDR6X. I do believe, however, when they upgrade it down the road that price will certainly jump.

  2. [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 18113, member: 87″]
    Normally I’d wholeheartedly agree but if this is a replacement for the 6000 series I’d expect between $2000-$3000 tops since the $1400 3090 already has most of these features. That is except, 48 GB of VRAM but even then this one is GDDR6 instead of the 24 GB GDDR6X. I do believe, however, when they upgrade it down the road that price will certainly jump.
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    The 48GB of memory would point to a Quadro RTX 8000 replacement, not RTX 6000. The 8000 was $10,000 USD when it launched. It is going for $5,500 USD now.

    [URL unfurl=”true”]https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/design-visualization/quadro/rtx-8000/[/URL]

  3. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 18117, member: 180″]
    The 48GB of memory would point to a Quadro RTX 8000 replacement, not RTX 6000. The 8000 was $10,000 USD when it launched. It is going for $5,500 USD now.

    [URL unfurl=”true”][URL]https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/design-visualization/quadro/rtx-8000/[/URL][/URL]
    [/QUOTE]
    I stand corrected, and once again though, it shows how the 3090 encroahes into the 6000 territory.

  4. I gotta admit. This is confusing territory. One hand there’s the VRAM issues, on the other if this is a fully enabled GA102, and perhaps a 6000 replacement, then wondering if the 8000 may end up with something more along the lines of an A100. I could see them upping the 6000 to 48 GB but that means the 8000 would need something more significant to be of importance at that level.

  5. [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 18123, member: 87″]
    I gotta admit. This is confusing territory. One hand there’s the VRAM issues, on the other if this is a fully enabled GA102, and perhaps a 6000 replacement, then wondering if the 8000 may end up with something more along the lines of an A100. I could see them upping the 6000 to 48 GB but that means the 8000 would need something more significant to be of importance at that level.
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    The A100 would be a pure compute card with no video outputs or things like texture units. Totally different market segment compared to the Quadro line.

  6. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 18126, member: 180″]
    The A100 would be a pure compute card with no video outputs or things like texture units. Totally different market segment compared to the Quadro line.
    [/QUOTE]
    Well that leads us back to the time old question of ‘What will they think of next?’. We’ll just have to wait and see what the next leaks are. NV has definitely shaken up their product stacks this time around. As much as what’s been told this month it feels like only the tip of the iceberg.

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