Today we don’t usually end up with a comically small GPU, but here we are: the Nvidia RTX A2000. It’s fun to be small for a workstation graphics card, though you look under the hood and you’ll notice that it’s because this compact card is pretty much related to the GeForce RTX 3060.
I appreciate it not looking so small without a scale reference point. That’s why you really need to see Richard Kerris, vice president of development for Omniverse at Nvidia, who shows it in this SIGGRAPH ad.
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It's so small and beautiful, and I love it.
While it may look like a toy for kids, this graphics card is actually just a touch behind an RTX 3060 in its specifications, which is no problem in terms of GPU. This is what happens inside:
- CUDA core: 3,328
- Tension core: 104
- Nuclis RT: 26
- Memory: 6 GB GDDR6
- Memory interface: 192 bits
- Memory bandwidth: 288 GB / s
- Interface: PCIe 4.0 x16
- Total plate power (TBP): 70W
This is just a touch of the core count of the RTX 3060, although I suspect the A2000 will run at significantly lower clock speeds to reach its 70W power wrap.
The clear distinction between the two is found in VRAM. The A2000 includes only 6 GB of GDDR6, which also has an ECC or error correction code, as it is a workstation Quadro card. While the RTX 3060 includes 12GB of GDDR6, no ECC.
A workstation card with less memory than its gaming counterpart? That feels off, but I’m sure Nvidia has its reasons. Those are definitely deeper than "we wanted the RTX 3060 to augment AMD's RX 6600 XT and RX 6700 XT." Definitely.
But back to the A2000, and I have to say I'm really enjoying this compact approach to graphics card technology. I doubt gamers are so thirsty to get a low-power graphics card with a compact chassis, but there’s a part of me that would love to see a small GeForce card ready for an extremely small Mini-ITX.
There have been some compact, or even passive, cards in the GTX 16 and 10 series over the years, but I don’t know what it’s all about when it comes to the Ampere generation. Is it time to change?
L & # 39; A2000 will be available in October if you are in the market for a new thimble-sized workstation. No pricing information available, but I hope you get it back a little more than the $ 329 RTX 3060.