At the IFA conference in Berlin this week, Nvidia pulled back the curtain on a new, top-end mobile GPU for content creators, the GeForce Quadro RTX 6000.
Making its debut in a new elite-class laptop, the Asus ProArt StudioBook One, and in a few other new machines from Acer and Asus, the mobile version of the Quadro RTX 6000 will be tuned down from its desktop counterpart—however, only slightly.
Here’s a full breakdown of how the two GPUs compare…
The most impressive bit of all of this? How much of the original desktop version of the Quadro RTX 6000 seems to be preserved in the mobile version. The only true spec difference appears to be the number of TFLOPS (14.9 TFLOPS in mobile against 16.3 in the desktop GPU) and the peak power draw, which is 45 watts less for the mobile-workstation version of the chip.
Previously, the fastest and most powerful GPU you could get in a mobile workstation was Nvidia’s Quadro RTX 5000, which featured only 16GB of onboard GDDR6 memory. Nvidia says users of the Quadro RTX 6000 mobile GPU can expect performance that reaches within 10 percent of the performance of the Quadro RTX 6000 desktop equivalent.
On certain tests the company claimed that the two might as well have been neck-and neck in performance, including 8K video editing through the Redcine-X Pro software suite.
With New RTX, New Studio Laptops
The Quadro RTX 6000 is being announced alongside a whole range of new Nvidia Studio laptops and mobile workstations that will be introduced this year, including new models from Acer (the ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 5 Pro), as well as the Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro X, the ProArt StudioBook 17, and the ProArt StudioBook 15. (See our earlier preview of the Acer ConceptD line.)
The ProArt StudioBook One mentioned earlier looks to be the rock star of the bunch. Apart from the inclusion of the RTX 6000, the Asus ProArt StudioBook One features a number of impressive specs of its own, notable among them the first 4K 120Hz screen we’ve seen on a laptop. It also features 100 percent AdobeRGB coverage, color accuracy rated by Asus for a DeltaE figure of less than 1, and Pantone validation to display 97 percent of the DCI-P3 color space. The laptop is about an inch thick; not a super-slim design, but considering the graphics muscle chip inside, an impressive feat of engineering.
The RTX 6000 is a power-hungry GPU, and Asus was also keen to show off its completely redesigned 300-watt power brick/USB-C charger, which the company claims is less than half the size of previously released power bricks for mobile workstations in the same line.
No matter which way you swing it, this looks to be a very exciting year for creators who work from home, on the go, or anywhere in between. We expect to see more announcements around content-creator-focused hardware—much of it, we imagine, spurred by Nvidia’s GPU moves—coming out of IFA.