NVIDIA announces Quadro RTX mobile workstations for Studio program

Eric Abent - May 27, 2019, 2:30 am CDT
NVIDIA announces Quadro RTX mobile workstations for Studio program

Going hand-in-hand with the announcement of its new Studio program – which will see a collection of RTX-powered laptops launch with content creators and designers in mind – NVIDIA revealed that it will also be releasing a line of Quadro RTX mobile workstations. These Quadro RTX laptops will be on the high-end of spectrum for Studio computers, with the Quadro RTX 5000 being the flagship GPU for the program.

The Quadro 5000 isn’t alone at the top, however, as NVIDIA will also be releasing laptops based around the Quadro 3000 and Quadro 4000. The idea is to give designers desktop-level performance in a notebook, which tells us two things: the first is that these will be among the most powerful notebooks around, and second is that they won’t be cheap.

NVIDIA hasn’t revealed pricing for its Quadro workstations yet, but considering the starting price of Studio laptops – $1,599 – they’re probably pretty expensive. Keep in mind that Studio laptops at that $1600 price point presumably have an RTX 2060 under the hood, so the hit to the pocketbook is going to be significant as we move into Quadro territory.

Still, if you’re a 3D artist or someone who regularly works with ultra high-resolution video and you find that you often need to get some work done away from your desktop setup, these Quadro Studio notebooks might be worth their undoubtedly high cost of entry. Much of NVIDIA’s announcement centered around the Quadro 5000 workstation in particular, which isn’t much of a surprise given that it boasts 16GB of video memory, 3,072 CUDA cores, 48 RT cores, and 384 tensor cores.

The Quadro RTX 4000 and 3000 aren’t slouches either, with their respective 8 and 6 GB of video RAM. While there are already some Quadro mobile workstations available (including laptops that use the Quadro T2000 or T1000), these three Quadro RTX cards are definitely the stars of NVIDIA’s workstation lineup. Not only are all three capable of hardware-based ray tracing and AI acceleration – which can help with multi-tasking workloads – but they’re VR-ready cards as well.

NVIDIA hasn’t announced pricing for these workstations yet, but as we said earlier, we expect them to be expensive. The company also didn’t give release dates for specific machines, but it did say that it’s partnered with Dell, HP, and Lenovo for the first batch of Quadro RTX laptops. We’ll see notebooks from those three launch throughout the year, so stay tuned for more.

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