People can’t buy RTX 3000 series cards, but hey! That’s not going to stop everyone from getting excited about dropping thousands on an RTX 4090.
Even though getting your hands on the RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti cards which just launched is a pain in the arse, we’re already hearing rumours about what the next AMD/Nvidia generation is starting to look like. The first cab off the rank — much like it was with the RTX 3000-series rumours — is what will probably be next year’s gaming prosumer/gaming flagship, the RTX 3090.
Word has been flying around since late December about what to expect, but over the past few days some more figures have popped out. It’s all speculative at this stage, but the thing to keep an eye on is the node jump to TSMC’s 5nm process. Nvidia has been using Samsung’s 8nm process for their 30-series cards so far, and moving onto TSMC’s newer fab might also help with potential supply issues — especially since that node won’t be sharing capacity with all the 7nm-based hardware required to make the PS5 or Xbox Series X.
allegedly 2.2+ GHz (=81 TFlops)
384 Bit GDDR6X
project plan finalized
next: final design & tape-out
release expected Q4/2022
performance target: GA102 x2
— 3DCenter.org (@3DCenter_org) July 25, 2021
What’ll be interesting from Nvidia’s side is the approach to ray-tracing, future applications for the tensor cores and what Nvidia’s answer to AMD’s next generation is. YouTuber Moore’s Law is Dead posted a video including a quote from an AMD source saying they expect Nvidia’s next cards to go head-on against AMD’s RDNA 3 cards — although that probably won’t happen until late 2022.
“They will be able to paper launch something against AMD,” Moore’s Law says in its video above. “They [Nvidia] aren’t going to lack an answer to RDNA 3.”
Something that seems pretty consistent throughout everything online so far is that nobody is expecting the next generation of GPUs (or CPUs, at least outside of what Apple is doing with their ARM chips) to be more power efficient. Gamers and consumers have shown plenty of appetite for performance. So if ramping up the power into silicon is what’s required to get those flashy performance bumps, I’d expect AMD and Nvidia to go for it.
Back in the real world, we’re expecting more news on the GPU front real soon. There’s been plenty of info announced about the RX 6600 XT and RX 6600 mid-range cards, which look like they’ll be launching from August.