NVIDIA Announces Quadro K6000 (2024)

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by Ryan Smith on July 23, 2013 9:00 AM EST

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NVIDIA Announces Quadro K6000 (1)

As SIGGRAPH 2013 continues to roll on, today’s major announcements include those from NVIDIA. SIGGRAPH is NVIDIA’s favored show for professional graphics and Quadro product announcements, with NVIDIA using last year’s SIGGRAPH to announce their first Kepler based Quadro part, the Quadro K5000. This year NVIDIA is back again with a new Quadro part, finally fully fleshing out the Quadro family with the most powerful of the Quadro cards, the Quadro K6000.

In NVIDIA’s product hierarchy, the Quadro 6000 cards hold the position of NVIDIA’s most powerful products. They’re not just the flagship cards for the Quadro family, but really the flagship for the entire generation of GPUs, possessing the compute functionality of Tesla combined with the graphics functionality of GeForce/Quadro, and powered by what’s typically the single most powerful GPU configuration NVIDIA offers. They’re unabashedly high end – and have a price tag to match – but in many ways they’re the capstone of a generation. It should come as no surprise then that with the Quadro K6000, NVIDIA is looking to launch what will become the king of the Keplers.

Quadro K6000Quadro K5000Quadro 6000
Stream Processors28801536448
Texture Units24012856
Core Clock~900MHz~700MHz574MHz
Shader ClockN/AN/A1148MHz
Memory Clock6GHz GDDR55.4GHz GDDR53GHz GDDR5
Memory Bus Width384-bit256-bit384-bit
Frame Buffer12GB4GB6GB
FP641/3 FP321/24 FP321/2 FP32
Max Power225W122W204W
Transistor Count7.1B3.5B3B
Manufacturing ProcessTSMC 28nmTSMC 28nmTSMC 40nm

When Quadro K5000 was launched at SIGGRAPH 2012, it was to be based on NVIDIA’s more graphics-oriented GK104 GPU. A GK110 Quadro was a forgone conclusion, but of course GK110 would not start shipping until the end of 2012, and NVIDIA had large Tesla orders to fill. So it has taken the better part of a year, but NVIDIA is finally shipping a GK110 based Quadro card and it is a doozy.

With Quadro NVIDIA doesn’t promote the specifications of the card nearly as much as they promote the use cases – in fact they don’t even publish clockspeeds – but based on their performance data it’s always easy to quickly calculate the necessary information. With a quoted compute performance of 5.2TFLOPs/sec for single precision (FP32), Quadro K6000 is the first fully enabled GK110 part, shipping with all 15 SMXes up and running. These in turn are clocked at roughly 900MHz, the highest base clockspeed for any GK110 card. Paired with this GPU is a staggering 12GB of VRAM clocked at 6GHz, marking the first NVIDIA product shipping with 4Gb GDDR5. The TDP on all of this? Only 225W.

Compared to the outgoing Quadro 6000, it’s interesting to note on just where NVIDIA’s performance ambitions have taken them. Besides the obvious doubling in memory, Quadro K6000 offers 1.7x the graphics performance but 5x the compute performance. The compute performance gains clearly outpace the graphics performance gains, reflecting where NVIDIA has gone with Kepler in their designs. The professional graphics market still highly values graphics performance and the Quadro K6000 should have no problem delivering on that, but for mixed use cases the compute gains will be even more remarkable.

So who and what is NVIDIA pitching the Quadro K6000 at? As with the Quadro 6000 this is primarily (and unabashedly) being pitched at the deep pocketed content creation and product design crowds, who can afford to drop several kilobucks on a single card. In these cases the gains from Quadro K6000 are a mix of greater rendering performance and the greater VRAM. The latter in particular may very well be more important than the former, since often the limits in real time workloads is fitting all of the assets into memory rather than drawing them, due to the very severe performance cliff from spilling over into system memory.

NVIDIA’s other big market for Quadro K6000, like Tesla K10 and K20, is the oil and gas industry, who use GPU products both to analyze seismic data and to display it. In this case the more that can be analyzed and the more that can be displayed at once, the more useful the resulting product is.

Moving on, as with Quadro K5000, Quadro K6000 is compatible with NVIDIA’s second generation Maximus technology, allowing for the K6000 to be dedicated to graphics work while compute work is offloaded to a Tesla card. The need for Maximus isn’t quite as great with K6000 as it was K5000 due to the K6000’s much greater compute performance, but offloading via Maximus still offers benefits in some mixed usage workloads by freeing up each device to work on a specialized workload as opposed to consistently context switching back and forth.

Finally, let’s quickly talk about launch details. As is usually the case for Quadro products NVIDIA is announcing the Quadro K6000 a couple months ahead of its ship date, so K6000 is not officially slated to start shipping until sometime in the fall. As always the cards will be sold both individually and through NVIDIA’s usual OEM partners, including Dell, HP, and Lenovo. NVIDIA has yet to announce a price tag for individual K6000 cards, but based on the price of the previous Quadro 6000 cards we’d expect to see them at around $5000-$7000 each.


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  • Jon Tseng - Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - link

    And Crysis...? ;-p
  • Hameedo - Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - link

    Well, a full GK110 @1.0GHz frequency will be about 40% faster than a GTX680/7970 GHz .. so go figure from that !
  • trajan2448 - Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - link

    Not a gaming card. Different drivers. Will NOT be faster in games than a Titan or 780.
  • daku123 - Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - link

    Core Geforce DX architecture should be present. So IMO it is faster than Titan while gaming! :)
  • dragonsqrrl - Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - link

    I wouldn't be so sure about that. It's been shown many times before that Quadro's don't have nearly as much of a handicap in games as Geforce cards have in content creation applications. While a similarly spec'd Quadro (which is almost never the case) might perform just under a Geforce counterpart in games, the K6000 is also more powerful than any other card from Nvidia. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this card outperformed a Titan in games.
  • Flunk - Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - link

    Don't buy into the hype, the Quadro cards perform about on par with equivalent Geforces in games. The reason for any performance difference at all is that Nvidia purposely disables certain features on Geforce cards (often with drivers) so that they perform worse. They don't similarly disable features on the Quadros.

    If the GPU is the same and the clocks are the same a Quadro and Geforce will equivalently in games.

  • SodaAnt - Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - link

    Not really true. I've had various workstation graphics cards over the years, and all of them performed within a few percent (within the margin of error) compared to the same card that was a consumer version.
  • nathanddrews - Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - link

    Strip it down to 3-4GB and sell it for less (not that they would). You certainly don't need that much for 4K gaming, even with 4xMSAA enabled. Not that you'd want to enable AA and lose what little framerate you have anyway.
  • royalestel - Thursday, September 12, 2013 - link

    They already do that. This is really the refined GPU version of the Geforce 680/780 card with lots of extra memory. Realtime (i.e.Game) performance is definitely better with this card. I would, however, appreciate the kind of graphical comparisons between cards that Anadtech does with the actual GeForce cards. Things like a visual sim application would do. In other words, I want to see anisotropic filtering on flat area of the earth with lots of roads and satellite imagery. I currently always have problems with anisotropic filtering in this application. Either the roads disappear into a blur at 5miles, or the distant terrain at the horizon aliases like crazy. There are some newer techniques that might alleviate this (Fourier Texture Filtering), but these are surely far form being implemented in hardware.
  • IanCutress - Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - link

    I'll take four. Just because, you know, stuff.
NVIDIA Announces Quadro K6000 (2024)


When did the Quadro K6000 come out? ›

The Quadro K6000 was an enthusiast-class professional graphics card by NVIDIA, launched on July 23rd, 2013. Built on the 28 nm process, and based on the GK110B graphics processor, in its GK110-890-B1 variant, the card supports DirectX 12.

Is NVIDIA discontinuing Quadro? ›

Nvidia has since moved away from the Quadro branding for new products, starting with the Turing architecture-based RTX 4000 released in November 13, 2018 and then phasing it out entirely with launch of the Ampere architecture-based RTX A6000 on October 5, 2020.

What power supply do I need for Quadro K6000? ›

CUDA Cores2880
Memory Bandwidth288 GB/s
System InterfacePCI Express 3.0 x16
Maximum Power Consumption225 W
Energy Star EnablingYes
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Why are Quadro GPUs so expensive? ›

The main reason for the significant difference in price is that the target audience for the NVIDIA and AMD workstation cards tends to be professional video, graphics and 3D designers working for production studios, oil and gas exploration companies and architecture practices, willing to pay a premium for advantages in ...

How old is the NVIDIA Quadro K600? ›

The Quadro K600 was a performance-segment professional graphics card by NVIDIA, launched on March 1st, 2013.

What is the most powerful NVIDIA Quadro card? ›

Overview. NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 8000, powered by the NVIDIA Turing™ architecture and the NVIDIA RTX™ platform, combines unparalleled performance and memory capacity to deliver the world's most powerful graphics card solution for professional workflows.

What will replace Quadro? ›

Nvidia Replaces Quadro Line with RTX A6000 and RTX A40.

Why is Quadro better than GeForce? ›

GeForce graphics cards support no more than 2 simultaneously encoding video streams, regardless of the number of cards installed. Quadro cards support many (restricted only by available resources) simultaneous streams per card, depending on many factors like card model and compression quality.

Who stopped making NVIDIA graphics cards? ›

Popular graphics card maker EVGA has terminated its relationship with Nvidia and will therefore no longer be manufacturing graphics cards going forward.

How much power does the Quadro 600 draw? ›

Quadro 600 is available in small form factor and full height workstations with ultra-efficient 40W maximum power consumption, delivering the best performance per watt in its class.

How much power does the Quadro K4000 draw? ›

Being a single-slot card, the NVIDIA Quadro K4000 draws power from 1x 6-pin power connector, with power draw rated at 80 W maximum.

What is the point of Quadro cards? ›

Quadro is a professional-grade graphics card from NVIDIA, designed for very specific render tasks like computer-aided design (CAD) and professional video rendering, 3D modelling, animation and, increasingly, in the field of machine learning.

Are Quadro GPUs worth it? ›

Should you buy a Quadro? For demanding professional workflows that require workstation-class reliability, performance, and software certification over years of usage, Nvidia's Quadro lineup is well worth the premium over GeForce gaming cards.

What is the difference between Quadro and RTX graphics card? ›

RTX GPUs have raytracing cores which GTX cards do not. They also come with a different, more advanced encoder than the GTX lineup. Unlike the Quadro, these cards do not have deep learning AI and they only come with game-ready drivers; This is the main difference.

When did the Quadro 600 come out? ›

The Quadro 600 was a mid-range professional graphics card by NVIDIA, launched on December 13th, 2010.

When did the Quadro RTX 6000 come out? ›

Aug 2018

When did the Quadro M620 come out? ›

The Quadro M620 Mobile was a professional mobile graphics chip by NVIDIA, launched on January 11th, 2017.

How old is the NVIDIA Quadro K4000? ›

The Quadro K4000 was an enthusiast-class professional graphics card by NVIDIA, launched on March 1st, 2013.

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