Nvidia's $6,000 Quadro RTX 8000 can now be passively cooled

A hot potato of a GPU: PNY has announced passively cooled versions of the Nvidia Quadro RTX 8000 and 6000, which are two of Nvidia’s largest and hottest cards with 4,608 CUDA cores and 295W TDPs. At $6,000 and $4,000 respectively, that’s an expensive pair of space heaters.

PNY claims the two new GPUs, which share a core count and boost clock, only sacrifice a little bit of performance to achieve a passively coolable 250W TDP. I’ve never heard of 250W being passively cooled within a standard 2-slot form factor, but there’s a first time for everything. Particularly if you own a wind tunnel.

The boost clock has been lowered by 8% down to a still very respectable 1,620 MHz, and the base clocks have been dropped by about 12%. The memory clock has also received a small hit of 7% to bring it from 14 Gbps to 13 Gbps.

 Quadro RTX 8000Quadro RTX 8000 PassiveQuadeo RTX 6000Quadro RTX 6000 Passive
CUDA Cores4608460846084608
Base Clock1395 MHz1230 MHz1440 MHz1275 MHz
Boost Clock1770 MHz1620 MHz1770 MHz1620 MHz
Single-Precision16.3 TFLOPS14.9 TFLOPS16.3 TFLOPS14.9 TFLOPS
RT Cores72727272
RTX-OPS84T80T80T80T
Tensor Cores576576576576
Mixed Matrix130.5 TFLOPS119.4 TFLOPS130.5 TFLOPS119.4 TFLOPS
Memory Capacity48 GB GDDR648 GB GDDR624 GB GDDR624 GB GDDR6
Memory Clock14 Gbps13 Gbps14 Gbps13 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth672 GB/s624 GB/s672 GB/s624 GB/s
TDP295W250W295W250W

All jokes aside, these cards still need air blown across the heat spreaders by system fans, like the ones in leaf blowers -- ok, so I lied about setting the jokes aside -- that makes them server rack only, so PNY has removed their usual display ports.

Despite potentially increased operating temperatures, PNY is offering its regular three-year limited warranty.

The Quadro RTX 8000 Passive and Quadro RTX 6000 Passive are presently for sale to commercial customers, with a public release expected sometime soon. Pricing has not been disclosed.

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