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NVIDIA RTX A500 Laptop GPU

NVIDIA RTX A500 Laptop GPU

The NVIDIA RTX A500 Laptop GPU or A500 Mobile is a professional graphics card for mobile workstations. It is based on the GA107 Ampere chip and offers a slower performance than the GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU. It offers 2,048 CUDA, 16 Raytracing and 64 Tensor cores paired with a 64 Bit memory bus. It is available in different variants from 20 - 60 Watt (TGP) with different clock speeds (and performance). The GPU supports eDP 1.4b to connect the internal monitor and DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.1 for external connections.

There is no more Max-Q variant (formerly used for the low power variants) but every OEM can choose to implement Max-Q technologies (Dynamic Boost, WhisperMode).

The raw performance should be slower than the GeForce RTX 3050 for laptops at the same TGP level. Both GPUs depend heavily on good cooling and a high TGP for good performance. At a similar power consumption level the RTX A500 should be clearly faster than the old T500 and T550. 

The GA107 chip offers 2.560 FP32 ALUs of which half can also execute INT32 instructions (i.e. 1,280 INT32 ALUs). With Ampere all shaders could still execute FP32 or INT32 instructions. The raytracing and tensor cores on the chip were also improved according to Nvidia. The A500 can only use 2048 CUDA cores. The Ampere chips also include an improved 5th generation video encoder (NVENC for H.264 and H.265) and a 7th generation decoder (for various formats now including AV1).

The GA107 chip is manufactured by Samsung in 8nm (8N), which is not quite able to keep up with the 7nm node at TSMC (e.g. used by AMD and also for the professional GA100 Ampere chip).

RTX A Series

RTX A5500 Laptop GPU compare 7424 256 Bit @ 16000 MHz
RTX A4500 Laptop GPU compare 5888 @ 0.93 - 1.5 GHz256 Bit @ 16000 MHz
RTX A5000 Laptop GPU compare 6144 @ 1.22 - 1.77 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
RTX A4000 Laptop GPU compare 5120 @ 0.78 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 12000 MHz
RTX A3000 Laptop GPU compare 4096 @ 1.08 - 1.56 GHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
RTX A2000 Laptop GPU compare 2560 @ 0.89 - 1.69 GHz128 Bit @ 14000 MHz
RTX A1000 Laptop GPU compare 2048 128 Bit @ 14000 MHz
RTX A500 Laptop GPU 2048 64 Bit @ 14000 MHz
CodenameGA107
ArchitectureAmpere
Pipelines2048 - unified
Raytracing Cores16
Tensor / AI Cores64
Theoretical Performance7.3 TFLOPS FP32
Memory Speed14000 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6
Max. Amount of Memory4 GB
Shared Memoryno
Memory Bandwidth112 GB/s
APIDirectX 12_2, Shader 6.7, OpenGL 4.6
Power Consumption60 Watt (20 - 60 Watt TGP)
technology8 nm
PCIe4
Date of Announcement30.03.2022
Link to Manufacturer Pagenvdam.widen.net

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
3.5 pt (10%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 3127     avg: 3273     median: 3273 (9%)     max: 3419 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 2873     avg: 2995     median: 2994.5 (8%)     max: 3116 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 27001     avg: 28765     median: 28764.5 (31%)     max: 30528 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 46927     avg: 48496     median: 48495.5 (13%)     max: 50064 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 6899     avg: 6955     median: 6954.5 (12%)     max: 7010 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 7578     avg: 7598     median: 7597.5 (9%)     max: 7617 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 11213     avg: 11289     median: 11288.5 (16%)     max: 11364 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 10748     avg: 10818     median: 10818 (9%)     max: 10888 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 +
specvp12 snx-02 +
specvp12 showcase-01 +
specvp12 maya-04 +
specvp12 creo-01 +
specvp12 catia-04 +
SPECviewperf 13 specvp13 sw-04 +
specvp13 snx-03 +
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 snx-03
min: 145.61     avg: 153.2     median: 153.2 (17%)     max: 160.83 fps
specvp13 showcase-02 +
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 showcase-02
min: 31.69     avg: 34.6     median: 34.6 (8%)     max: 37.51 fps
specvp13 medical-02 +
specvp13 maya-05 +
specvp13 energy-02 +
specvp13 creo-02 +
specvp13 catia-05 +
specvp13 3dsmax-06 +
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 3dsmax-06
min: 80.81     avg: 84     median: 84 (15%)     max: 87.19 fps
SPECviewperf 2020 specvp2020 solidworks-07 4k +
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 solidworks-07 4k
10.8 fps (3%)
specvp2020 solidworks-07 1080p +
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 solidworks-07 1080p
88.5 fps (24%)
specvp2020 solidworks-05 1080p +
specvp2020 snx-04 1080p +
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 snx-04 1080p
min: 139.98     avg: 148.5     median: 148.5 (24%)     max: 157.04 fps
specvp2020 medical-03 1080p +
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 medical-03 1080p
min: 27.58     avg: 28.3     median: 28.3 (20%)     max: 28.96 fps
specvp2020 maya-06 1080p +
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 maya-06 1080p
min: 143.05     avg: 143.6     median: 143.6 (21%)     max: 144.17 fps
specvp2020 energy-03 1080p +
specvp2020 creo-03 1080p +
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 creo-03 1080p
min: 50.44     avg: 61.4     median: 61.4 (30%)     max: 72.31 fps
specvp2020 catia-06 1080p +
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 catia-06 1080p
min: 34.65     avg: 36.9     median: 36.9 (24%)     max: 39.09 fps
specvp2020 3dsmax-07 1080p +
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 3dsmax-07 1080p
min: 32.99     avg: 35.4     median: 35.4 (16%)     max: 37.79 fps
specvp2020 snx-04 4k +
specvp2020 medical-03 4k +
specvp2020 maya-06 4k +
specvp2020 energy-03 4k +