Later this year, NVIDIA will begin selling a liquid-cooled version of its A100 GPU for data centers. The GPU maker is positioning the video card as a way for cloud computing companies to make their facilities more energy efficient. It may not seem intuitive, but adding a water block to the component can help data centers reduce their reliance on inefficient air and water chillers.
In testing, NVIDIA claims that a facility equipped with its water-cooled A100 GPUs had the same workload as an air-cooled data center, while consuming about 30 percent less power. The new version of the A100 is also more space-saving. Thanks to the waterblock design, it takes a single PCIe slot instead of two like its air-cooled sibling.
In the consumer market, we’ve already seen companies like EVGA offering GPUs with built-in waterblocks, and companies like EK selling aftermarket units that you can install on your existing video card. We hope today’s announcement is a sign that NVIDIA plans to push water-cooled GPUs into the mainstream. Meanwhile, the company has started shipping samples of the new A100 to corporate customers. It also plans to introduce a water-cooled version of its H100 Tensor Core GPU sometime next year.
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