The NVIDIA RTX 5000 Ada (not to be confused with the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000) is the company’s new workstation GPU that is one step down from the NVIDIA RTX 6000 Ada Generation Top-End Workstation GPU Review. It offers a ton of performance and 32GB of ECC memory capacity in a relatively easy-to-integrate dual-slot blower cooler. If you purchase a NVIDIA RTX 5000 Ada in a pre-built workstation or loose, there is a good chance it comes via PNY who helped us do this review. Thanks to PNY for the support on this. Let us get to the review.
NVIDIA RTX 5000 Ada Generation Graphics Card Review
First off, the NVIDIA RTX 5000 Ada is a dual-slot blower-style cooler design. Blower-style coolers fell out of favor for consumer GPUs as TDPs increased after the “Pascal” generation of GPUs. The advantage of these GPUs is that they are much more compact and are designed to fit in workstations including those that fit server-like dual-width GPUs.
The top of the unit will give folks pause. While there are connectors for things like the 3D stereo function there is a notable absence. The NVIDIA RTX 5000 Ada generation, like the RTX 6000 Ada, does not have NVLink. Given the cost and level of this card, this may shock some of our readers. The previous generation NVIDIA RTX A5500 supports NVLink.
The end of the card is a solid piece of metal except for two features. There are two screw mounting points for GPU retention brackets. Those are common in high-end workstations. The other feature is the PCIe CEM5 16-pin power connector. This is placed at the end so as to make for easy cable routing and minimal airflow disruption.
Unlike the RTX 6000 Ada, this card has a fan perforation on one side of the GPU, the front. The back side of the GPU is just a metal backplate.
The more exciting end of the GPU is the I/O side. Here we have four DisplayPort 1.4a ports. There is also ample room devoted to the cooler design. These ports are active by default, but for those using the vGPU functionality, they will be disabled.
Now let us move on to the Specifications of the NVIDIA RTX 5000 Ada.
NVIDIA RTX 5000 Ada Specifications
Here are the key specs for the card:
- GPU: AD102
- Shader Units: 12800
- Video Memory: 32GB GDDR6
- Memory Bus: 256-bit
- Engine Clock Boost: 1155 MHz (Boost: 2550 MHz)
- Memory Clock: 2250 MHz (18 Gbps effective)
- PCI Express: 4.0
- Display Outputs: 4x DisplayPort 1.4a
- TDP: 250W
- Cooling: Single Blower Type Cooler
- Slot Size: 2
- Power Connector: 1x 16-Pin
- Card Length: 267 mm x 112 mm (10.5” x 4.4”)
Just taking a few moments here to discuss what the step down from the RTX 6000 Ada entails:
- 12800 vs 18176 CUDA Cores
- 32GB GGR6 vs. 48GB GDDR6X memory
- Only a 50W TDP delta
When one sees the lineup, especially at the lower end from both AMD and NVIDIA, the difference between one model and the next is often small. In this case, the difference is pretty big on both the specs and the pricing sides.
Let us move on and start our testing with compute-related benchmarks.