Tuesday, February 13th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

NVIDIA launches $625 RTX 2000 workstation GPU

NVIDIA has released the RTX 2000, the smallest and cheapest professional workstation GPU to use its Ada Lovelace architecture.

The $625 small-form-factor 16GB card is being targeted at both design and entertainment work.

Below, we’ve rounded up its key specifications, and its relative benchmark performance in CG applications including 3ds Max, DaVinci Resolve, KeyShot, Maya and V-Ray.

The latest professional GPU based on NVIDIA’s Ada Lovelace architecture
The RTX 2000 is the latest card to use NVIDIA’s Ada Lovelace architecture, which features iterative improvements to all three of its key GPU core types: CUDA cores for general GPU computing, Tensor cores for AI operations, and RT cores for hardware-accelerated ray tracing.

It also supports DLSS 3, NVIDIA’s AI render upscaling and frame interpolation tech, used to improve viewport interactivity in GPU renderers like D5 Render and Chaos Vantage.

NVIDIA Ada Generation workstation GPUs
RTX 6000 RTX 5000 RTX 4500 RTX 4000 RTX 4000 SFF RTX 2000
Architecture Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace
CUDA cores 18,176 12,800 7,680 6,144 6,144 2,816
Tensor cores 568 400 240 192 192 88
RT cores 142 100 60 48 48 22
Compute performance
FP32 (Tflops)
91.1 Tflops 65.3 Tflops 39.6 Tflops 26.7 Tflops 19.2 Tflops 12.0 Tflops
GPU memory 48GB
Memory bandwidth 960 GB/s 576 GB/s 432 GB/s 360 GB/s 280 GB/s 224 GB/s
NVLInk No No No No No No
Graphics bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x8
TDP 300 W 250 W 210 W 130 W 70 W 70 W
Display connectors 4 x DP 1.4a 4 x DP 1.4a 4 x DP 1.4a 4 x DP 1.4a 4 x MiniDP 1.4a 4 x MiniDP 1.4a
Size (H x L) 4.4” x 10.5”
Dual slot
4.4” x 10.5” Dual slot 4.4” x 10.5” Dual slot 4.4” x 9.5” Single slot 2.7” x 6.6”
Dual slot
2.7” x 6.6”
Dual slot
Launch date 2022 2023 2023 2023 2023 2024
Launch price $6,799 $4,000 $2,250 $1,250 $1,250 $625

Technical specifications
The RTX 2000 is by some way the most affordable of NVIDIA’s current range of workstation GPUs, coming in at just half the price of the other small-form-factor card, the RTX 4000 SFF.

Like the RTX 4000 SFF, it’s intended for mini-desktop systems, and has the same dimensions and connectivity – although, interestingly, uses a PCIe 4.0 x8 graphics bus, rather than x16.

Core counts are rather less than half those of the RTX 4000 SFF, although its FP32 compute performance is higher than those numbers would suggest, and it features a respectable 16GB of graphics memory.

Performance benchmarks
In its launch material, NVIDIA has included performance benchmarks for a range of CG apps.

They are all comparisons with the 12GB edition of the Ampere-generation RTX A2000: the previous-gen equivalent of the RTX 2000, despite a rather lower recommended price at launch.

Viewport performance in 3ds Max and Maya, as measured by the relevant sub-tests in synthetic benchmark SPECviewperf 2020, averages 1.3x that of the previous-gen card.

Video editing performance in DaVinci Resolve is also 1.3x that of the older card.

The performance boost was higher for GPU rendering, with NVIDIA citing a 1.5x speed boost over the RTX A2000 in both KeyShot and V-Ray, the latter over a range of scenes.

Prices and release dates
The RTX 4000 is available now with a MSRP of $625.

Find full specifications for the RTX 2000 on NVIDIA’s website

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