The recent launch of the RTX 30 Series has demonstrated immense improvements over the previous generation, so much that it has become obvious that even though they are considered consumer solutions, they may, in fact, have prosumer capabilities. This was recently delved into by Brent Justice with his GeForce RTX 3080 FE GPGPU Workstation review. Last weekend, Blender scores for the upcoming GeForce RTX 3090 were also spotted, further demonstrating this new pattern, as it too completely crushed the previous Turing consumer cards and encroached further into workstation territory.
Ultimately, all this is leaving many professionals wondering what NVIDIA is planning for its more traditional workstation line, Quadro. Well, the first leak has just happened showing what is presumed to be an upcoming NVIDIA RTX Quadro 6000. This leak comes from Moore’s Law is Dead via VideoCardz. There does seem to be some discrepancy on the particular name for this, as VideoCardz is listing it as the Quadro A6000 (Ampere?) and Moore’s is listing it as the Q6000.
I can now share this first picture of a full GA102 48GB Q6000 card. It looks pretty cool 😎— Moore’s Law Is Dead (@mooreslawisdead) September 23, 2020
I also have much to say about #Nvidia‘s design choices regarding gaming GA102 in an upcoming video. GDDR6X may have been a mistake to utilize on the RTX 3080… pic.twitter.com/W8ATMFECXM
This latest Quadro variant is believed to feature 48 GB of GDDR6 memory on a 384-bit memory bus. However, since this is 16 Gbps GDDR6 and not 19.5 Gbps GDDR6X, bandwidth is reduced. It is limited to 768 GB/s vs 936 GB/s. It’s not all bad news in comparing this Quadro to the aforementioned GeForce RTX 3090, though. It seems that the GeForce RTX 3090 is not a fully enabled GA102 GPU after all, as this Quadro has increased the CUDA Cores to 10752 vs. 10496. With double the memory, it would still have further advantages for memory-intensive projects. The image provided also compares the previous RTX 6000 with this one having a different blower design. No price has been announced, but it is expected to be officially announced by Jensen Huang at an October 5 keynote.