Nvidia announced the RTX A5500 workstation GPU, which comes with 24GB of ECC RAM and is also available as a laptop version

Nvidia announced the RTX A5500 workstation GPU, which comes with 24GB of ECC RAM and is also available as a laptop version

Nvidia RTX A5500 workstation GPU based on the Ampere architecture with 24 GB of ECC GDDR6 VRAMNvidia RTX A5500 workstation GPU based on the Ampere architecture with 24 GB of ECC GDDR6 VRAM. The A5500 has a whopping 24 GB GDDR6 (with ECC) and that can be expanded to 48 GB using Nvidia NVLink to hook up a second GPU. The A5500 offers double the performance for ray tracing compared to the previous generation and can be up to 12x as fast for machine learning tasks. A single card can be used by multiple remote users thanks to virtualization.

Nvidia has revealed new graphics cards, but they aren’t the RTX 4000 series. Instead, the business will release a number of workstation GPUs, including one for desktops and many for professional laptops. The GPU in the Nvidia RTX A5500 is the GA102, which has 10,240 CUDA cores. This is the same setup as the RTX 3080 Ti. This GPU, on the other hand, uses ECC memory, which can identify and fix faults. This isn’t as important in games as it is in professional jobs such as simulations, 3D modelling, and machine learning, where errors can lead to inaccurate outcomes.

Highlights

  • The Nvidia RTX A500 may be the smallest Ampere GPU for laptops yet with just 2,048 CUDA cores and 4 GB of VRAM (for comparison, a 3050 has 2,560 cores). There are also the A1000, A2000 and A3000 with 4 GB, 8 GB and 12 GB of VRAM respectively. The mid-range is the RTX 4500, which is based on a GA104 with 5,888 CUDA cores (this parallels the RTX 3070). This one is equipped with 16 GB of RAM, the same as the pricier A5500.

  • Nvidia also unveiled a laptop version of the RTX A5500. This one is based on the GA103 chip (same as the laptop RTX 3080 Ti) and has 7,424 CUDA cores, nearly 30% less than its desktop counterpart. Correspondingly, single-precision (FP32) performance falls from 34.1 to 24.7 TFLOPS. Also, this GPU comes with 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM of the non-ECC variety. Nvidia unveils RTX A5500 workstation GPU with 24GB ECC RAM, also a laptop version. There’s no word on pricing yet, but the desktop RTX A5500 is available today from select Nvidia partners and will be featured in pre-built systems in Q2. Workstation GPUs aren’t cheap even in better times, however, so if your budget can’t stretch to an A5500, you still have some options.