NVIDIA Switching to EPS12V Power Connector for Quadro RTX 6000 (Ampere)?

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Moore’s Law Is Dead has shared new photos of NVIDIA’s Ampere-based Quadro RTX 6000. A close-up suggests that the workstation-class GPU, which leverages the full GA102 GPU (10,752 CUDA Cores), has ditched the 8-pin and 6-pin power connectors in the Turing variant for something more simple (in terms of cabling, anyway): EPS12V.

This is a standard that’s traditionally reserved for servers and other power-hungry systems. While EPS12V looks very similar to an 8-pin PCIe power connector, it can deliver over 200 watts of power (the latter is limited to 150 watts). We’re guessing that NVIDIA’s new 12-pin solution for the GeForce RTX 30 Series fell short for Quadro somehow.

Moore’s Law Is Dead also shared a roadmap of NVIDIA’s Quadro release schedule, which includes estimated power figures. Apparently, the Quadro RTX 6000 manages to best the GeForce RTX 3080 in both gaming performance and energy efficiency thanks to its GDDR6 memory and greater, 384-bit bus.

There’s an implication that Samsung’s 8 nm process had deficiencies that prevented NVIDIA from maximizing the potential of GDDR6X in the GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090 models.

Tsing Mui
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