It shouldn’t come as a surprise to know that Nvidia is already working on its next generation of GPUs, the RTX 40 series. And speculations have begun to circulate that the upcoming Ada Lovelace architecture-based RTX 40 series will offer the same level of performance boost that we saw in the 9-series Maxwell to 10-series Pascal GPUs.
Nvidia RTX 40 Series Rumors Roundup:
Performance leap in Pascal GPUs
GTX 10 series is one of the most successful lineups of graphics cards in Nvidia’s history. Based on Pascal micro-architecture, it brought huge improvements in performance, efficiency, and overall value; in comparison to the Maxwell-based GeForce 9 series cards.
Even today, GTX 1080 Ti is regarded as one of the best “Ti” cards ever made. Team green, on the other hand, was unable to achieve such a performance leap in the Turing (RTX 20 series) and Ampere (RTX 30 series)-based cards.
History to repeat
Now, the upcoming Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 series is expected to deliver the same performance leap over the RTX 30 series. As aforementioned, they will be based on the Ada Lovelace architecture, and are expected to be fabricated using TSMC’s 5nm process node.
Furthermore, leakers are pegging the flagship card’s power consumption to be in the 400W to 500W range. In fact, this is greater than even the astoundingly powerful RTX 3090 (350W). And with the boost in power, the performance will see a significant improvement as well—almost double the performance of RTX 3090!
In terms of clock speeds, the Ada Lovelace-powered NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 series GPUs are said to offer clock speeds between 2.2 to 2.5 GHz. This is a significant jump from the 1.7-1.9GHz clock on the Ampere cards.
However, Pascal-based cards have already surpassed the 2.0GHz clock speed. Yet, AMD presently reigns supreme, having promised clock speeds exceeding 2.5Hz on its RDNA 2 GPUs.
NVIDIA RTX 40 Series Release Date
A tipster on Twitter also mentions the release date of these crazy powerful RTX cards. According to him, the release date for RTX 40 series card would be in Q4 2022 or Q1 2023. This is unsurprising given Nvidia’s goal of providing a worthy upgrade to its current-generation GPUs.
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— Ulysses (@TtLexington) August 1, 2021
The Price Concern
Aside from performance, the bigger concern that remains is whether Nvidia will release the RTX 40 series at a price that regains the true feel of Pascal GPUs. That’s because GTX 1080 Ti provided the best value of any Ti graphics card at USD 699.
In addition, following the official introduction of the 1080 Ti, Nvidia also reduced the price of its standard lineup to USD 499 for GTX 1080 and USD 349 for the GTX 1070. But given the current situation, if component shortages continue, expecting a card that provides real value is a pipe dream.
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