A couple of days ago we saw that NVIDIA was working on an RTX A4500, a high-end graphics card that should be positioned between the RTX A5000 and the RTX A4000, and just as a result of the publication of that information another leak emerged indicating that the company could also be preparing an RTX A5500.
Like the RTX A4500, this possible RTX A5500 would be based on the GA102 graphics core, although with a different configuration to offer superior power, since it would be positioned as NVIDIA’s second most powerful option in the professional sector (excluding server and AI-centric solutions), and it would be only below the RTX A6000.
The source of the news has not given details about its possible specifications, but considering that the RTX A5000 has 8,192 shaders and that the RTX A6000 has 10,752 shaders it is clear that we will see a count halfway between the two, although I am not clear if it will be closer to the first or second. It is difficult to make a forecast with such a wide margin, but I think the most likely is that the RTX A5500 will finish hovering, or exceeding, the 9,000 shaders, also known as CUDA nuclei.
The rest of its specifications are still up in the air, but it is easier to make an estimate because there is not as wide a margin of maneuver as in the previous case. Thus, since the RTX A6000 has 48 GB of GDDR6 memory, the RTX A5500 most likely has 32GB of GDDR6 memory. As for the memory bus, I think it will stay at 384 bits.
Due to the cut at the spec level, this new professional graphics card will have a lower TBP than the RTX A6000, which reaches 300 watts. There is nothing definitive, but most likely it will end up hovering around the 250 watts, approximately. Its launch should occur, if all goes according to plan, between the end of this year and the beginning of next year.
Regarding the sale price we do not have details, but it will be one notch below the RTX A6000, whose price in Spain varies greatly depending on the retailer we are looking for, although on average it is in the range of 5,000 euros. With this in mind, it stands to reason that the RTX A5500 could be around 4,000 euros.