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NVIDIA Unleashes Turing GPU Powered Quadro RTX Series Graphics Cards – The ‘World First Ray Tracing GPU’

By Usman Pirzada  / 

NVIDIA has just demoed the world’s first GPU that can render a raytraced scene in real time – the Turing architecture powered RTX Quadro graphics card. NVIDIA has been teasing the Turing architecture for quite some time now and this is the first time that we received our first look at the card. Needless to say, this is an absolute beast of a GPU with compute enough to decimate raytraced scenes in real time.

NVIDIA’s monster RTX Quadro 8000/6000/5000 graphics card with 48GB of GDDR6 memory can ray trace scenes in real time, features the Turing architecture

Where the past year has had an absolute lull in information about NVIDIA’s upcoming architecture, SIGGRAPH has quenched our thirst with the equivalent of a fire hose. The company showed off what appears to be their Turing GT104 die and it is an absolute monster. They also simultaneously announced that this flagship processor will be shipping in the new RTX Quadro family. The RTX Quadro will be able to process 10 GigaRays per second.

The Quadro RTX graphics card powered by the Turing GPU can process 10 GigaRays/second and delivers single precision compute of up to 16 TFLOPs. It can also deliver 500 Trillion Tensor operations per second and up to 100 GB/s bandwidth with NVLink. All of these spces are nothing short of miraculous and the reason the Turing GPU can do all of this is that it is not designed like the Pascal GPU.

Unlike the Pascal GPU which primarily consisted of only the Shader and Compute units, the Turing GPU is a revolutionary step up in design and consists of three different parts. These are the Tensor Core, the RT Core, and Shader & Compute Core. When the company says core, they actually mean segments. The Tensor Core is rated at 125 TFLOPs of FP16 (used for AI and DL) while the Ray Tracing core is rated at 10 GigaRays per second.

The die itself contains 18.6 Billion transistors and the size is an absolutely massive 754mm² die. The base clock is a monstrous 1.75 GHz and the 48GB worth of GDDR6 is the absolute icing on the cake. The memory uses a 384-bit bus design and is clocked at 14 Gbps for a net total of 672 GB/s.

That’s not all, the NVIDIA RTX series of graphics cards feature a brand new software stack that will allow ray tracing and rendering applications to be seriously accelerated. Video professionals are familiar with Optix and the company is promising to open a new era for rendering. Gone are the days when you needed a rendering farm to roll out a short film only a couple of minutes long – just get the NVIDIA RTX Turing GPU.

Quadro RTX GPUs are designed for the most demanding visual computing workloads, such as those used in film and video content creation; automotive and architectural design; and scientific visualization. They far surpass the previous generation with groundbreaking technologies, including:

NVIDIA Quadro RTX Graphics Cards With Turing GPU

Graphics CardQuadro GV100Quadro RTX 5000Quadro RTX 6000Quadro RTX 8000
GPUVolta GPUTuring GPUTuring GPUTuring GPU
GPU Process12nm12nm12nm12nm
Die Size815mm²TBD754mm²TBD
GPU Cores5120 Cores3072 Cores4608 Cores4608 Cores
Tensor Cores640 Cores384 Cores576 Cores576 Cores
Base Clock1132 MHzTBD1.75 GHzTBD
Single Precision15 TFLOPsTBD16 TFLOPsTBD
Ray Tracing SpecTBF6 GigaRays/Sec10 GigaRays/Sec10 GigaRays/Sec
VRAM32 GB HBM216 GB GDDR624 GB GDDR648 GB GDDR6
NVLINK VRAMTBF32 GB With NVLINK48 GB With NVLINK96 GB With NVLINK
Memory Bus4096-bit256-bit384-bit384-bit
Memory Bandwidth870 GB/s448 GB/s672 GB/s672 GB/s
TDP250W~160W~200W~225W
Price$9000 US$2300 US$6300 US$10000 US
Launch Date2018Q4 2018Q4 2018Q4 2018
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