What to look forward to: Nvidia may be pushing back the release date of its next-gen RTX 40 line to get ahead of AMD, which also plans to release new GPUs later this year. So far, leakers have been teasing the massive generational performance boost and TGP saturating the new PCIe 5 power connector, but no one is clear on the pricing yet.
According to a trusted GPU leader kopite7kimiNvidia could release the GeForce RTX 40 series early in the third quarter. While these are just rumors at the moment, this means we could see an announcement for the highly anticipated GPU lineup as early as July.
Such a launch would not be unprecedented. The GeForce RTX 20 Super line was unveiled on July 2, 2019, and the first RTX 30 series graphics cards were announced in early September 2020.
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Nvidia’s RTX 40 series is based on the Ada Lovelace architecture and is likely to be built on TSMC’s N4 technology node. The company is expected to launch high-end models first, including the RTX 4090, RTX 4080, and RTX 4070, with more affordable cards coming in a few months.
Tipster also shared a table with the configuration of the AD102 GPU that will be used in Nvidia’s new flagship.
According to the leaks, the chip could have 96MB of L2 cache, which is 16 times more than its predecessor:
The reference RTX 4090 is rumored to ship with a whopping 600W TGP (or more?), while some third-party cards may have two 16-pin power connectors, allowing enthusiasts to push the power limit even further for overclocking.
As for the RTX 4080, it is believed that it will use the AD103 GPU paired with 16GB GDDR6X and a 400W TGP. The RTX 4070 will feature an AD104 GPU, 12GB of GDDR6 memory, and a relatively modest 300W TGP.