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  • - We have looked at a lot of ballin' GPU over the years,

  • whether it's the six titan views we had

  • for the six editor's project,

  • three GV100 Quadras for 12K Ultrawide gaming,

  • or even this unreleased mining GPU,

  • the CMP 170 HX.

  • There are not a lot of cards out there

  • that we have not been able to get our hands on

  • in one way or another,

  • except for one.

  • Until now,

  • the Nvidia A100,

  • this is their absolute top dog,

  • AI enterprise high performance compute,

  • big data analytics monster,

  • and they refused to send it to me.

  • Well, I got one anyway Nvidia,

  • so, deal with it.

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  • The first two questions on your mind,

  • are probably why we weren't able to get one of these.

  • and what ultimately changed

  • that resulted in me holding one in my hands right now.

  • The answer to the first one

  • is that Nvidia just plain

  • doesn't seed these things to reviewers

  • and at a cost of about $10,000.

  • It's not the sort of thing that I would just,

  • you know, buy.

  • 'Cause I got that swagger.

  • You know what I'm saying?

  • As for how we got one,

  • I can't tell you.

  • And in fact,

  • we even blacked out the serial number

  • to prevent the fan who reached out offering to get us one,

  • from getting identified.

  • This individual agreed to let us

  • do anything we want with it.

  • So you can bet your butt,

  • we're gonna be taking it apart.

  • And all we had to offer in return

  • was that we would test Ethereum mining on it,

  • send a shroud, that'll allow 'em to actually cool the thing

  • and reassemble it before we return it.

  • So let's compare it really quickly to the CMP 170 HX,

  • which it is the most similar card that we have.

  • It's the silver metal

  • and it's not ripped for my pleasure.

  • Regrettable. - [Jake] Alright.

  • - And we actually have one other point of comparison.

  • This isn't a perfect one.

  • This is an RTX 3090.

  • And what would've been maybe more apt

  • is the Quadro or rather they dropped the Quadro banding.

  • But the A6000.

  • Unfortunately that's another really expensive card

  • that I don't have a legitimate reason to buy

  • and Nvidia wouldn't send one of those

  • for the comparison either.

  • So the specs on this are pretty similar.

  • We're gonna use it as a standin'

  • since we're not really looking

  • at any workstation loads anyway.

  • So the A100.

  • This is a 40 gigabyte card.

  • I'm gonna let at that sink in for a second.

  • And the craziest part,

  • is that 40 gigs is not even enough

  • for the kinds of workloads

  • that these cards are used to crunch through.

  • We're talking enormous data sets

  • to the point where this 40 gig model,

  • is actually obsolete now,

  • replaced by an 80 gig model.

  • And these NV Link bridge,

  • connectors on the top here,

  • let's go ahead and pull these off.

  • These, there we go,

  • are used to link up multiples of these cards

  • so they can all pull memory

  • and work on even larger data sets.

  • Now the diet, the center of it,

  • is a seven nanometer TSMC manufactured GPU

  • called the GA 100.

  • We're gonna pop this shroud off.

  • We're gonna take a look at it.

  • It has a base clock of just 765 megahertz,

  • but it'll boost up to fourteen ten.

  • That memory runs

  • at a whopping one and a half terabytes a second

  • of bandwidth on a massive

  • 5,120 bit bus.

  • It's got 6,912 CUDA cores

  • and, what is it?

  • 250 watt TDP.

  • Woooh.

  • She's packing.

  • - [Jake] Oh, you're just going right for it.

  • - I'm going right for.

  • - [Jake] Oh geez.

  • - This is Linus tech tips.

  • - [Jake] And basically every part of this

  • is identical to the CMP card.

  • - It kinda looks that way.

  • I mean the color's obviously different.

  • - Yeah, but it looks like the clamshell

  • is two pieces in the same manner.

  • There's no display outputs.

  • The fins look the same.

  • - Now here's something the CMP card specifically

  • didn't even contain the hardware for video in code,

  • if I recall correctly.

  • - Yeah, this doesn't have anything.

  • - Okay, so it's not that it was fused off.

  • It's just plain not on the chip.

  • - Not on GA 100, yeah.

  • - Okay but,

  • - GA102, which is like 3090.

  • - Yes.

  • - Does have it. - Ooh.

  • - And A6000.

  • - Okay, you ready?

  • - Oh God!

  • So yeah. - Hey.

  • - It's like exactly the same on the inside.

  • Same junk power connector.

  • - Wow.

  • That is super junk,

  • check this out guys.

  • It uses a single eight pin EPS power connector,

  • which you might think is a PCIE power connector.

  • So here, look, I'll show you guys.

  • This is an eight pin,

  • like normal GPU connector,

  • but watch, cannot go in.

  • But if we take the connector

  • out of our CPU socket on the motherboard,

  • There you go although,

  • the clips are interfering a little bit.

  • I mean, what the heck is going on here,

  • ladies and gentlemen?

  • - You need more power.

  • - Yeah exactly.

  • - So you can combine two PCIE connectors into that.

  • - [Andy] Can't remember how to get it outta here.

  • I see the fingerprint of the technician

  • who assembled the card though.

  • - I think we have to unclip this part first.

  • Oh, there's a little screw, right?

  • - There's a little screw.

  • - Haha, third type of screws.

  • - [Andy] Yourself. - Didn't see that one, nerd.

  • - [Andy] You're a nerd.

  • - [Jake] Your face is a nerd.

  • - [Andy] Your but nerd.

  • - [Jake] Whoa.

  • - It's not coming off, Jake.

  • - What? You gotta like tilt it out, buddy.

  • Whoa, whoa, whoa.

  • Don't pull the cooler off.

  • - See?

  • It's like it's caught back here.

  • - Hey ho.

  • Hey, how you doing?

  • - Jesus.

  • - Stressful.

  • Look, maybe if we break it,

  • you'll actually have to buy one.

  • - I don't wanna buy one.

  • That's not the goal. - What?

  • - I thought you put your hand up for a high five.

  • I was like, "well, what are you talking about?