NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 Brings Affordable Ray Tracing Horsepower To Workstation Pros

Joanna Estrada
November 14, 2018

Following on from the unveiling of the Quadro RTX 5000, Quadro RTX 6000, and Quadro RTX 8000 back in August, inaccurately billed by Nvidia as being the 'world's first ray tracing GPU' thanks to the embedded 'RT cores' featured in its new Turing architecture, the Quadro RTX 4000 is Nvidia's attempt to bring the technology to a wider audience. Similar to the GeForce GTX 2080 and the Quadro RTX 5000, the new Quadro RTX 4000 is built around Nvidia's Turing TU104 silicon that's produced under TSMC's 12nm FinFET manufacturing process.

The Quadro RTX 4000 comes equipped with 2,304 CUDA cores, 288 dedicated Tensor cores for AI and 26 RT cores for real-time ray tracing applications. Pro-viz users can harness those real-time ray-tracing resources using Nvidia's OptiX API, as well as the DirectX Ray Tracing (DXR) and Vulkan APIs.

The new Quadro RTX 4000 connects to a PCI Express 3.0 x 16 slot on your motherboard and it is a single-slot design (4.4-inch high, 9.5-inch long) with a max power consumption of 160W. More specifically, the ThinkStation P330, P520, P720, and P920 will soon have SKUs with Quadro RTX options.

Nvidia has not yet offered a United Kingdom launch date, but interested parties can sign up to be notified when cards are available on the official product page. Still, that's pretty impressive for what looks like a slim and relatively short card. The peak performance is also slightly lower thanks to reduced clockspeeds on the Quadro RTX 4000. The company also says pro DIYers can pick up an RTX 4000 on its own through board partner PNY in North America and Europe, through ELSA/Ryoyo in Japan, and through Leadtek and Ingram in the Asia-Pacific region.

Starting in December, the Quadro RTX 4000 will be available on Nvidia's website and other major computer and hardware retailers at an estimated $900.

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