Nvidia has refreshed their Quadro line-up today, introducing a new variant of the M6000 with double the VRAM capacity. The card is still based on a fully unlocked Maxwell GM200 GPU, but it’s now available with 24 GB of frame buffer through the use of 8 GB GDDR5 chips.
While the rest of the card’s specifications are pretty much unchanged, the increase in VRAM is welcome news for industry professionals which require a heap of VRAM for intense rendering or animation workloads. It also allows Nvidia to offer a higher capacity card than their rival AMD, whose FirePro W9100 tops out at 16 GB.
As far as specifications are concerned, the Quadro M6000 features a 28nm GM200 GPU with 3072 CUDA cores, 192 TUs, and 96 ROPs. It’s clocked at up to 1140 MHz, with 24 GB of 6.6 Gbps GDDR5 on a 384-bit bus. With such a beefy GPU it’s no surprise to see an accompanying TDP of 250W.
The Quadro M6000 also ships with updated firmware that has more accurate control over GPU clock speeds and temperatures, primarily for those wanting to adjust these aspects manually.
This new variant of the M6000 replaces the old 12 GB model at the same price point: $5,000. That’s a lot to pay for a graphics card, but it is designed for workstations and professionals, which require the extra VRAM capacity and capabilities of a Quadro card.
March 22, 2016