This week, NVIDIA officially snapped their suspenders announcing the next in their series of GPUs sporting the latest graphics-crackin’ Ampere microarchitecture – the RTX A6000 Pro Viz GPU and the A40 Data Center GPU. They follow on the mainstream GPU availability of the unexpected, highly demanded, hard to come by RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 and, later this month, RTX 3070.

Jensen Huang, NVIDIA CEO, Ampere GPU
NVIDIA CEO, Jensen Huang (without leather jacket) – Fact check: TRUE.

NVIDIA Ampere GPU Specs

If you love the 1st-gen RTX GPUs, the next-gen is going to make you all sorts of giddy. The Ampere cards build on the Quadro RTX capabilities and introduce the 3rd-Generation of Tensor Cores tech to speed up AI operations, 2nd-Generation RT Cores to speed up ray tracing, and 3rd-generation NVLink to speed up multiple GPU scaling.

Though new performance data is coming out daily, here’s a mish-mash of specs that are, strangely enough, spread across various sites, collected here for your convenience.

CUDA Cores Ampere GPU Comparison
  A40 A6000 RTX 3070 RTX 3080 RTX 3090
GPU GA102 GA102 GA104 GA102 GA102
VRAM 48GB 48GB 8GB 10GB 24GB
Memory Clock 14.5 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6 19 GB GDDR6 19.5 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 696 Gbps 768 Gbps 448 Gbps 760 Gbps 936 Gbps
Memory Interface Width 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 320-bit 384-bit
CUDA Cores 10752 10752 5888 8704 10496
Tensor Cores (3rd-Gen) 336 336 384 576 576
RT Cores (2nd-Gen) 84 84 46 68 82
VRAM 48GB 48GB 8GB 10GB 24GB
Tensor Performance ? ? 82 TFLOPS 119 TFLOPS 143 TFLOPS
NVLinks Support Yes Yes No No Yes
List Price TBA TBA $499 $699 $1499

You’ll notice the A6000 and A40 sit roughly between the Geforce 30 Series RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 but with gains in VRAM akin to the Turing-era Quadro RTX 8000 but more than doubling its CUDA core count. In fact, it may be more helpful to compare it to the high-end Turing GPU, so let’s do that.

CUDA Cores RTX GPU Comparison
  A40 RTX A6000 RTX 8000
GPU GA102 GA102 TU102
Processor Sizr 8 nm 8 nm 12 nm
Memory Clock 14.5 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6 14 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 696 Gbps 768 Gbps 672 Gbps
Memory Interface Width 384-bit 384-bit 384-bit
CUDA Cores 10752 10752 4608
Tensor Cores 336 336 576
RT Cores 84 84 72
Tensor Performance ? ? 130.5 TFLOPS
NVLinks Support Yes Yes Yes
List Price TBA TBA $10000

NVIDIA Ampere GPU Design

Perhaps just as sexy as all these numbers is the new GPU design. With the sleek two-tone black/gold style, it is now an certifiable travesty to hide these GPUs inside a dust-ridden tower or rack. Just look at these beauties:

The NVIDIA RTX A6000 – “Don’t lock me up in ze case!”
The NVIDIA A40 – “More Bling than Sting dancin’ the Highland fling.”
These Ampere GPUs are a might powerful, son!

NVIDIA Ampere GPU Performance

As mentioned, new Ampere performance data is showing up daily. Techgage has published quite a few articles on the RTX 30 series already with a look at RTX 3080 performance and RTX 3090 performance. Though RTX A6000 data is yet to hit, NVIDIA did reveal some performance insight. If you use KeyShot with SOLIDWORKS, Fusion 360, PTC Creo or other modeling software, early benchmarks with the RTX A6000 are showing up to a 275% performance increase over the RTX 6000. Here’s what others are saying about the new Ampere card.

The ability to double or triple the resolution and vastly accelerate our real-time visualization of massive, complex building models in cityscapes with the NVIDIA RTX A6000 is super impressive,”

Paul Renner, visualization manager at KPF

The new NVIDIA RTX A6000 lets us completely redefine what’s possible with real-time ray tracing and machine learning.”

Darren Hendler, director of the digital human group at Digital Domain

The new NVIDIA RTX A6000 has exceeded our expectations and shown performance gains of over 2x with ray-traced exterior scenes. It’s quite impressive.”

Guillaume Shan, Computer Graphics and Visualization Solutions at Groupe Renault

Be on the lookout for RTX A6000 availability mid-December and to start showing up in workstations from Lenovo, Dell, HP, and others early next year. If you’re interested in the technical aspects of the new Ampere architecture, hit the NVIDIA Ampere overview and settle in with some biscuits and cup o’ gravy to read over the riveting whitepaper at the bottom.

One more for good measure…

Jensen Huang, NVIDIA CEO, Ampere GPU

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