Nvidia RTX 40 series Coming Soon
According to the rumour mill, Nvidia’s next-gen GeForce graphics cards, probably Nvidia RTX 40 series versions, are codenamed “Lovelace” and have now been finalised.
This is according to Twitter leaker Greymon, who also believes the GPUs will be created using TSMC’s 5nm process — and in another tweet, the leaker notes that Lovelace products might be made using either TSMC’s straight 5nm process or possibly’N5P’ (theoretically an enhanced 5nm with better performance).
Greymon isn’t sure which of these paths Nvidia will pursue, and as with everything from the grapevine, we should proceed with care.
As VideoCardz, which discovered the above tweet, points out, there has been some misunderstanding regarding whether Nvidia might customise its next-gen graphics cards in response to AMD’s RDNA 3 efforts.
Nvidia following MCM architecture?
According to renowned leaker Kopite7kimi, depending on how AMD’s MCM architecture develops up (remember, the rumour mill has stated it will be used with RDNA 3 devices), Nvidia could migrate from Lovelace to Hopper GPUs – or AD102 to GH202, respectively. A chipset design, as opposed to a monolithic design, is an MCM or multi-chip module (one single chip).
Nvidia could yet pursue the MCM route, depending on how strong the competing RDNA 3 GPUs appear to be, according to Kopite7kimi’s suggestion. While speculative reports indicate that the flagship Nvidia RTX 40 series card will have 144 streaming multiprocessors for a total of 18,432 CUDA cores, Kopite7kimi has also suggested that the card will have 144 streaming multiprocessors for a total of 18,432 CUDA cores.
Ada Lovelace – Next Gen Desktop GPU
Greymon, on the other hand, appears to be convinced that Ada Lovelace will be the next-gen series of desktop graphics cards for Nvidia. Greymon tweeted that the release date will be ‘no sooner than the end of 2022,’ possibly implying that it could be pushed out to early 2023.
Because it’s still early days for Nvidia’s next-gen GPUs, all of this should be viewed with a healthy dose of scepticism. As we all know, rumours that come far in advance are notoriously variable in quality and possible veracity. Even what Nvidia is planned now could change, however, Greymon’s primary point is that the Nvidia RTX 40 series has now been finalised, of course.
Nvidia supposedly partnering with TSMC to make these cards, either on 5nm or maybe enhanced 5nm, will be a significant leap forward, especially with the latter; thus, the performance gains should be significant. If AMD’s RDNA 3, expected in theory at the end of 2022 (and on TSMC 5nm), fulfils its promise as detailed on the GPU grapevine, Team Green could be wise to pull out all the brakes. That is, low-end next-gen AMD cards will be as good as the most powerful RDNA 2 cards currently on the market (like the flagship RX 6900 XT).
When you consider that Intel is planning to enter the graphics card market this year or early in 2022 with a potentially promising high-end GPU, it’s easy to see why Nvidia would want to push hard to maintain its undeniable dominance in the desktop industry with its Nvidia RTX 40 series.