Nvidia Quadro RTX 4000 slips into a single slot for workstations

As the debut of Turing on board Quadro RTX 8000, RTX 6000, and RTX 5000 cards proved, gaming isn't the only area where a blend of real-time ray tracing and rasterization could prove handy. Nvidia is expanding the range of Turing products for rendering and visualization pros with the more attainable Quadro RTX 4000. This card sports a fully enabled TU106 GPU with 2304 shader ALUs, 288 Turing tensor cores, and 36 RT cores. Pro-viz users can harness those real-time ray-tracing resources using Nvidia's OptiX API, as well as the DirectX Ray Tracing (DXR) and Vulkan APIs.

Unlike the dual-slot or even larger coolers that Nvidia's gaming-board partners slap on their cards, the green team has opted to use a single-slot blower cooler on the RTX 4000. The company specs the card for a 160-W board power, down from 185 W in the RTX 2070 Founders Edition. That constrained operating environment likely means slightly lower clocks than TU106 can achieve with bigger heat sinks. Nvidia doesn't provide a straight MHz figure for the RTX 4000, but the 43 tera-RTX-ops this card purports to deliver is down just a bit from the 45 tera-RTX-ops the green team claims from the RTX 2070 FE. Still, that's pretty impressive for what looks like a slim and relatively short card.

The Quadro RTX 4000 offers three DisplayPort 1.4 connectors on its mounting bracket, as well as a single USB Type-C port that can pipe pixels to VirtualLink-compatible VR headsets when they eventually arrive. Dell, HP, and Lenovo's workstation divisions have all committed to offering the RTX 4000 in their systems. The company also says pro DIYers can pick up an RTX 4000 on its own through board partner PNY in North America and Europe, through ELSA/Ryoyo in Japan, and through Leadtek and Ingram in the Asia-Pacific region.

Nvidia expects the RTX 4000 to arrive in December for $900, but interested and impatient parties can give the Quadro RTX 4000 a spin this week at Nvidia's Autodesk University booth in Las Vegas, Nevada through November 15.

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    • albundy
    • 11 months ago

    why cant us normal folk get single slot cards? thats not fair. the 2060 and 2070 should have a single slot variant!

      • Beahmont
      • 11 months ago

      [quote<] why cant us normal folk get single slot cards? thats not fair. the 2060 and 2070 should have a single slot variant! [/quote<] Well... bad news. You are a reader of a high end tech website, so none of us qualify as 'normal folk'. So even if they made a single slot card for 'normal folk' we still couldn't get one.

      • Topinio
      • 11 months ago

      Because ‘normal folk’ don’t understand how to deploy one?

      Some probably wouldn’t buy it because to them the big beefy HSF means it’s a ‘worthy’ Gamer graphics card and they’re elite for having it (neither knowing nor caring if it uses half the power of the big beasts).

      Many more probably would put it into machines with woefully inadequate case cooling, then complain that it throttles itself.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 11 months ago

      Keep in mind that with a single slot blower cooler it’s probably as loud as a jet engine.

      Since the usual customers for these put them in data centers, they don’t care (everything in there is loud). “Normal folk” otoh would find living with one right beside us uncomfortable.

    • Topinio
    • 11 months ago

    The standard, non-Founders Edition, GeForce RTX 2070 is rated at 42T RTX-ops and 175 W.

    This looks like a good use of better binned chips, performance is up slightly to 43T and it’s using that little bit less juice to get there. 1635 to 1673 MHz boost clock, up from 1620 on the reference GF 2070.

    • chuckula
    • 11 months ago

    How can it fit in a single slot with all those excess nanometers?

      • CuttinHobo
      • 11 months ago

      Magic, got it.

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