As 2021 draws to a close, we begin to look to what lies ahead in 2022. Arguably the most anticipated PC hardware launch of 2022 is the next generation of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 40 series graphics cards. . We’re still several months away from launch, but new little information is trickling in indicating that development is well advanced. Factories are gearing up for production, indicating that the RTX 40 series cards could be on the shelves sooner than expected.
A report of Digitimes (paid) noted by Retired engineer Going through wccftech indicates that preparations for production of the RTX 40 are underway. It is not yet clear whether this means the launch could take place sooner than expected or if this is a tactic to bolster the supply of vital components. Either way, we hope the RTX 40 cards will be available in volume. Perhaps the release will coincide with Ethereum’s shift from Proof of Work to Proof of Stake. Falling mining demand combined with a plentiful supply should hopefully lead to more cards on the shelves at lower prices, with more cards in the hands of players. Well, that’s the theory anyway.
RTX 40 cards – if that’s what they’re called, will use the Ada Lovelace series of GPUs, replacing the Ampere-based RTX 30 series. They should be built using the 5nm TSMC node. The amp generation boards are built using Samsung’s 8nm process, so the move to TSMC should add further competition for TSMC advanced nodes. Nvidia undoubtedly must have written a pretty big check, with Apple, AMD, Qualcomm and others all relying on TSMC for their high-end production.
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Ada Lovelace GPUs are expected to feature a monolithic design. Well-known leak Greymon55 claims that the high-end AD102 GPU will feature up to 18,432 CUDA cores, 24GB of 21Gbps GDDR6X memory, and a clock of 2.3-2.5GHz. This compares to the RTX 3090 with 10,496 CUDA cores, 24 GB of GDDR6X at 19.5 Gbps and a boost clock of 1.4 to 1.7 GHz. This indicates that the hypothetically named RTX 4090 is indeed a very fast card, although it also likely has a very high power demand. The PCIe 5.0 power connector can deliver up to 600 W. The days of 300W flagship cards seem to be long behind us.
AD1025nm TSMC144SM 18432CUDA384bit 24G GDDR6X 21Gbps？ 2.3 ~ 2.5GHz？ 85 ~ 92T FP32？November 9, 2021
The Ada Lovelace Generation takes its name from Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, who was an English mathematician in the early 19th century. She worked on Charles Babbage’s analytical machine and is considered by many to be the very first computer programmer.
Nvidia’s RTX 40 series cards will face off against AMD’s RDNA 3 cards which could launch around the same time. They will be joined by Intel’s Alchemist GPU series that will launch much earlier in Q1 2022, although they are expected to compete with current-gen cards. Intel’s second-generation Battlemage GPUs set to compete with RTX 40 and RDNA 3.
2022 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for buyers of graphics cards.