As part of a suite of SIGGRAPH-related announcements, NVIDIA this morning is announcing a new addition to their RTX line of professional video cards, the RTX A2000. Following NVIDIA’s transitional top-to-bottom product rollouts, the latest member of NVIDIA’s pro GPU lineup is the smallest and cheapest card yet, thanks in large part to its use of NVIDIA’s GA106 GPU. Paired with 6GB of VRAM and aimed in part at small form factor workstations, NVIDIA expects the card to go on sale in October.

Though a relative lightweight compared to the far more powerful RTX A6000, the A2000 is an interesting (and in some ways much delayed) development in NVIDIA’s professional visualization product stack. Despite the fact that NVIDIA has been shipping ray tracing-capable hardware for almost 3 years now, the company has never previously released a mid-range ProViz card with that kind functionality – the previous-generation Quadro RTX stack stopped at the RTX 4000, and below that, everything has remained RT-free. And though this is ultimately based on the fact that NVIDIA only put RT hardware in their higher-end Turing GPUs, the end result is the same: this is NVIDIA's first RT-capable mid-range pro card.

NVIDIA Professional Visualization Card
Specification Comparison
  A6000 A5000 A4000 A2000
CUDA Cores 10752 8192 6144 3328
Tensor Cores 336 256 192 104
Boost Clock 1800MHz 1695MHz 1560MHz 1200MHz
Memory Clock 16Gbps GDDR6 16Gbps GDDR6 14Gbps GDDR6 12Gbps
Memory Bus Width 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 192-bit
ECC Partial
Single Precision 38.7 TFLOPS 27.8 TFLOPS 19.2 TFLOPS 8 TFLOPS
Tensor Performance 309.7 TFLOPS 222.2 TFLOPS 153.4 TFLOPS 63.9 TFLOPS
TDP 300W 230W 140W 70W
Cooling Active Active Active Active
NVLink 1x NVLink3
1x NVLink3
GPU GA102 GA102 GA104 GA106
Architecture Ampere Ampere Ampere Ampere
Manufacturing Process Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm
Launch Price N/A N/A N/A $450
Launch Date 12/2020 04/2021 04/2021 10/2021

Fittingly, it’s also the first RTX card released by NVIDIA that’s available in a low-profile design. Thanks to NVIDIA significantly turning down the GA106 GPU’s clockspeeds, the RTX A2000 has a TDP of just 70 watts. This keeps the heat generated by the card low enough that it can be cooled by a dual-slot low-profile cooler – making it suitable for use in true small form factor workstations – albeit at the cost of capping the card’s overall performance.

Digging down into the specifications, what we find is a GA106-based video card with a few SMs disabled and a relatively low boost clockspeed of just 1200MHz. On paper, this gives the card roughly 8 TFLOPS of single precision (FP32) graphics and compute performance. Or, tapping into the card’s 104 tensor cores, it can wring out almost 64 TFLOPS of performance with tensor operations.

This is backed by 6GB of GDDR6 memory, sitting on top of a 192-bit memory bus. Like the GPU clockspeed, NVIDIA is keeping the memory clockspeed on the low side as well (presumably again for power reasons), resulting in a memory clockspeed of 12Gbps. Thankfully, the wider memory bus offsets this somewhat, putting the final memory bandwidth at a respectable 288GB/second. Meanwhile, as this is a ProViz card, like the rest of the RTX A series the A2000 offers optional ECC memory support in the form of soft ECC.

Past that, the diminutive video card’s claim to fame is its small size. As previously mentioned, this is NVIDIA’s first low-profile ProViz card in a while, and is aimed in part at small form factor workstations. With a 70W TDP, the card still requires a decent bit of cooling, so NVIDIA has essentially split the difference and gone with a double-wide card design in the form of a low-profile blower. So RTX A2000 is neither silent nor quite small enough to go into truly tiny machines, but SFF boxes that can provide the necessary slots should have little trouble accommodating the card. Meanwhile, though not shown off in any of the pictures NVIDIA has provided, the RTX A2000 is designed to go into standard (full height) PCs as well, so there will also be a full profile bracket available for the card.

Finally, owing to the small size of the card, NVIDIA has switched to Mini DisplayPort 1.4a connectors for this card. MiniDP gives the card the same display capabilities as the other A-series cards – driving up to 4 5K displays – just without the convenience of using the same full-size DP connector as the rest of the family.

Wrapping things up, NVIDIA expects the RTX A2000 to be available through the company’s usual retail and OEM partners in October. The card will be priced at around $450.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • timecop1818 - Friday, September 3, 2021 - link

    > Never mind the Radeon RX 6600 XT

    Yeah nobody gives a shit about yet another useless AMD shitbox that's going to have awful drivers and instability.
  • SaolDan - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - link

    No need to be sarcastic and a dick.
  • ikjadoon - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - link

    >Fittingly, it’s also the first card released by NVIDIA since the Quadro P era that’s available in a low-profile design.

    I believe NVIDIA already launched the low-profile T400, T600, and T1000 cards, based on TU117, in May 2021. They've been on sale for a bit now, but are still quite new, to be fair. They're all low-profile + 4x MiniDP 1.4a, but no RTX cores like this A2000 (sans T400 with only 3x MiniDP 1.4a).

    >MiniDP gives the card the same display capabilities as the other A-series cards – driving up to 4 5K displays – just without the benefits of a locking DisplayPort connector.

    Actually, NVIDIA's miniDP now has a locking connector, too: it's on the T400/600/1000 use and I believe these A2000 cards, as well. It's that little slot above the miniDP connector, if you zoom into NVIDIA's promo image or a close-up on the T-series here:

    It may be a NVIDIA-proprietary thing (it's just a latch / bit of plastic), as I've not seen it used elsewhere. The adapter themselves look like this (couldn't find a non-eBay link, unfortunately):

    Would be nice to see *some* locks standardized on MiniDP for low-profile cards as it looks like pennies to implement. DisplayPort cables have a hell of a tight fit and at longer lengths, they're heavy.
  • DanaGoyette - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - link

    That clip looks the same as the one on the Radeon Pro WX4100 and on the Radeon Pro W5700.

    So I guess it's a de facto standard, but it would be nice to make it a formal standard instead.
  • Ryan Smith - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - link

    "I believe NVIDIA already launched the low-profile T400, T600, and T1000 cards, based on TU117, in May 2021."

    Thanks ikjadoon, you are right. I had forgotten about those parts since they had only been available in mobile for over a year.
  • phoenix_rizzen - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - link

    AMD Radeon Pro WX cards also use locking MiniDP connectors. I have a WX 4100 in my PC at work, connected to 3 monitors, and the MiniDP-to-DP dongles have locking connectors that keep them attached to the card.

    Sometimes they're really easy to release. Other times they're really hard to release. :)
  • edzieba - Thursday, August 12, 2021 - link

    Those locking miniDP connectors have been around for a LONG time. We've got awful little Fermi-based HHHL Quadros from a decade ago still knocking around in the environment with a mix of latching miniDP and DMS-59.
  • RU482 - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - link

    "Fittingly, it’s also the first card released by NVIDIA since the Quadro P era that’s available in a low-profile design"

    The T1000, T600, and T400 laugh at your claims
  • Kevin G - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - link

    Minor correction: the mini-DP connections the RTX A2000 are locking, at least with the included adapters. they have a tab that hooks onto the GPU bracket plate that needs to be pressed down to be removed. Is it as precise of a locking mechanism as full size DP? Nope. Does it do the job? In most cases yes. The big gotcha would be finding native mini-DP cables with that locking tab on them: I've seen them some where once and I can't find them again.
  • darkwhimper - Thursday, August 12, 2021 - link

    Gives me hope about seeing a modern low profile consumer card sometime soon. Although, at GPU prices these days, maybe workstation is now cheaper?

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