A New Generation of Nvidia GPUs Sound Amazing, but You’ll Have Trouble Getting Your Hands on One

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techno.rentetan.com – Could Nvidia’s next-generation graphics cards emerge in the next 12 months? Nvidia isn’t letting the continuing chip scarcity stop them from releasing new graphics cards, however. GeForce RTX 40-series GPUs are said to be coming out sometime next year. A recent DigiTimes (via Wccftech) article alleges that various Taiwan companies, including TSMC and ASE Technology, would assist Nvidia in bringing chips to market for the Ada Lovelace GPU architecture.

If this rumor is correct, Nvidia will be rethinking its RTX 40-series GPUs’ tactics. Although RTX 30 series GPUs are now manufactured using Samsung’s 8-nanometer technology, the business also employs the TSMC 7nm node for its data center processors. Nvidia’s forthcoming product lines will all be based on TSMC’s 5nm technology, which is a more sophisticated process.

Of course, two new GPU architectures are coming from Nvidia: Ada Lovelace for gaming and Hopper for data centers and other business-related applications on the company’s GeForce RTX 40 GPUs.

However, RTX 40-series chips have been speculated to be on the way in 2022, Nvidia is likely to introduce upgraded RTX 30 chips next year (12GB RTX 3080, 16GB RTX 3070 TI, and 12GB RTX 3060 are rumored). Ada Lovelace and Hopper are likely to debut in late 2022 at the earliest, but we wouldn’t rush into releasing new 30-series chips before the RTX 40 cards come and grab the stage.

The RTX 40 processors are expected to be capable of 64 teraflops of power when they arrive. As a comparison, the Xbox Series X has 12 TFLOPs of computational power, whereas the PlayStation 5 has 10.3 TFLOPs. RTX 3080 cards now have a maximum TFLOPs of just 34, which is less than half of what the RTX 40 cards are expected to have. Along with the reduced node size (5nm down from 8nm), Ada is said to have 18,432 CUDA cores, an increase over the RTX 3080’s 8,704 cores. A 71% increase in performance over Ampere-based processors is possible, according to Tom’s Hardware.

The sole direct competition for Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 is AMD’s Radeon cards, which are generally regarded as some of the greatest graphics cards for gamers and creative professionals alike. Despite this, GPU manufacturing has been at a standstill for the last several years due to the coronavirus pandemic’s chip scarcity. When it comes to purchasing a new graphics card for your computer, you’ll either need a lot of patience or a lot of money.

Right now, I’m afraid that whatever performance benefits Nvidia’s RTX 40-series cards could provide would be dwarfed by the anxiety of trying to afford one.