EK Fluid Works single-slot waterblock for RTX A6000 ADA
NVIDIA RTX A6000 ADA-based can now feature up to 127K CUDA cores and 336GB of memory thanks to the launch of a new single-slot waterblock by EK, as part of the Fluid Works systems
The company has unveiled a new water block designed for the RTX A6000 ADA, NVIDIA’s latest and most powerful workstation GPU. This isn’t the first water block EK has introduced for the A6000 ADA though; in fact, the company already offers two alternatives (pictured later in the post). However, these previous options are not integrated into the Fluid Works systems, which is EK’s proprietary prebuilt platform featuring various configurations for consumer (Studio), workstation (Compute Series), or data center (Rackmount Series) use.
In contrast to the gaming-oriented RTX 4090 model, this card boasts a higher core count (18176 vs. 16384) and more memory (48GB G6 vs. 24GB G6X). Consequently, a potential GPU cluster of 7 cards employing the new water cooling system could harness a total of 127,232 CUDA cores and 336 GB of GDDR6 memory.
EK provides its own prebuilt workstation systems, equipped with AMD EPYC and Intel Xeon CPUs, allowing for up to seven graphics cards to be integrated. The introduction of the new water block will enable the company to offer even more powerful systems based on the ADA architecture, which were previously limited to the RTX 4090 graphics card and Ampere-generation RTX workstation GPUs.
EK’s Fluid Works systems that incorporate RTX 6000 ADA GPUs are available in various configurations:
- X7000, W7000-RM, and X7000-RM: Supporting up to 7 GPUs
- X5000: Supporting up to 5 GPUs
- S5000: Supporting up to 4 GPUs
- S3000: Supporting up to 2 GPUs
EK asserts that their new water block, combined with the Fluid Works cooling system, can achieve a temperature reduction of 25°C compared to air-cooled solutions. While the testing conditions are not specified by the company, it is reasonable to assume that air-cooled RTX A6000 ADA GPUs in a cluster would experience significantly higher temperatures, especially within enclosed chassis. It’s worth noting that liquid cooling has become a common choice for workstations employing more than two GPUs.