NVIDIA RTX 2000 Ada Generation Laptop GPU
The Nvidia RTX 2000 Ada Generation, not to be confused with the A2000, P2000 or T2000, is a mid-range professional graphics card for use in laptops that sports 3,072 CUDA cores and 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM. It would be fair to say that this is a GeForce RTX 4060 (Laptop) in disguise; consequently, the graphics card is powered by the same AD107 chip, and is fast enough to handle any triple-A game at 1080p with Ultra quality settings. Brought into existence in 2023, the RTX 2000 leverages TSMC's 5 nm process and Nvidia's Ada Lovelace architecture to achieve very decent performance combined with moderate power consumption.
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Architecture & Features
Ada Lovelace brings a range of improvements over older graphics cards utilizing the outgoing Ampere architecture. It's not just the better manufacturing process and the higher number of CUDA cores that we have here (up to 16,384 versus 10,752); under-the-hood refinements are plentiful, including the immensely larger L2 cache, the optimized ray tracing routine achieved by simplifying the evaluation of what is transparent and what isn't, and other changes. Naturally, these graphics cards can both encode and decode some of the most widely used video codecs, AVC, HEVC and AV1 included; they also support a host of Nvidia technologies, including Optimus and DLSS 3. The latter employs machine learning to generate additional frames on the fly for manyfold frame rate increase in supported games at the cost of just a few artifacts.
The RTX 2000 features 24 RT cores of the 3rd generation, 96 Tensor cores of the 4th generation and 3,072 CUDA cores. Increase those numbers by 50%, and you get the RTX 3000 Ada Generation - as long as we disregard the clock speed differences, of course. Unlike the costlier Ada Generation professional laptop graphics cards, the RTX 2000 comes with 8 GB of non-ECC VRAM; the lack of error correction circuitry makes this card less suitable for super-important tasks and round-the-clock operation. Much like it is with the RTX 3000 Ada Generation, the VRAM is 128-bit wide and delivers a bandwidth of ~256 GB/s.
The RTX 2000 Ada Generation makes use of the PCI-Express 4 protocol, just like Ampere-based cards. 8K SUHD monitors are supported, however, the DP 1.4a video outputs can potentially prove to be a bottleneck down the line.
Based on our in-house testing results for the 65 W RTX 2000 Ada Generation, we can confidently say the graphics card indeed walks like the RTX 4060 Laptop and talks like the RTX 4060 Laptop, delivering:
- Blender 3.3 Classroom CUDA score of around 50 seconds
- 3DMark 11 GPU score of around 35,000 points
- upwards of 70 fps in GTA V (1440p - Highest settings possible, 16x AF, 4x MSAA, FXAA)
- upwards of 40 fps in Cyberpunk 2077 (1440p - High settings, Ultra RT, "Quality" DLSS)
Nvidia's marketing materials mention 14.5 TFLOPS of performance, a significant downgrade compared to the 20 TFLOPS delivered by the RTX 3000 Ada Generation.
Your mileage may vary depending on how competent the cooling solution of your laptop is and how high the TGP power target of the RTX 2000 Ada is.
Nvidia no longer divides its laptop graphics cards into Max-Q and non-max-Q models. Instead, laptop makers are free to set the TGP according to their needs, and the range can sometimes be shockingly wide. This is especially the case for the RTX 2000, as the lowest value recommended for it sits at just 35 W while the highest is 300% higher at 140 W. The slowest system built around the RTX 2000 can easily be half as fast as the fastest one. This is the kind of delta that we've already seen on consumer-grade laptops featuring the latest GeForce RTX cards.
Last but not the least, the improved 5 nm process (TSMC 4N) the RTX 2000 is built with makes for very decent energy efficiency, as of mid 2023.
RTX Ada Generation Series
|Pipelines||3072 - unified|
|Tensor / AI Cores||80|
|Cache||L2: 32 MB|
|Memory Speed||16000 effective = 2000 MHz|
|Memory Bus Width||128 Bit|
|Max. Amount of Memory||8 GB|
|Memory Bandwidth||256 GB/s|
|API||DirectX 12 Ultimate, Shader 6.7, OpenGL 4.6, OpenCL 3.0, Vulkan 1.3|
|Power Consumption||115 Watt (35 - 115 Watt TGP)|
|Displays||4 Displays (max.), HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a|
|Date of Announcement||21.03.2023|
|Link to Manufacturer Page||nvdam.widen.net|
|Predecessor||RTX A2000 Laptop GPU|