According to the latest rumors, Nvidia could beat AMD by launching next-gen RTX 40-series GPUs first. That’s right, GPU plural, because there might be more than one graphics card model in store this year after all.
AMD is also gearing up to launch the new RDNA 3 graphics cards, but it looks like, just like with Nvidia, we may not see the full lineup in 2023.
It’s no secret that the GPU arena is slowly heating up, and today’s rumors again give Nvidia an edge over AMD, although Team Green and Team Red are preparing some exciting new builds for this fall. In his latest video, Moore’s Law is Dead talked about what we can expect from the two key players in the graphics card market. As always, Moore’s Law is Dead references insider industry sources as it reports on what’s happening behind the scenes.
Let’s start with Nvidia. Previous reports told us that Nvidia might only be set to launch just one graphics card this year, the high-end (and likely expensive) RTX 4090. While this is difficult for customers, it makes sense given GPU prices are falling rapidly. and retailers have plenty of graphics cards lying around that have yet to be sold eventually. However, Moore’s Law is Dead claims that both of these issues have now been addressed by Nvidia.
Consistent with what the rumor mill has been doing, Moore’s Law is Dead also speculates that Nvidia’s next-gen GPUs could launch in October. Nvidia reportedly already started sending embargo details this week, mentioning an October launch without committing to a final date. The YouTuber says there could be more than one RTX 40-series model launching at the same time, so we might not have to wait until 2023 to see more of the lineup.
A source claims that Nvidia has done “great things” to solve the current oversupply problem that Nvidia’s add-in board (AIB) partners are experiencing. AMD and Nvidia are also reportedly trying to convince their board partners to buy next-gen graphics cards early instead of waiting for the current-gen to sell out.
The YouTuber also talked about the supposed performance of Nvidia’s next-gen cards, and it all sounds pretty promising, especially since it lines up with previous leaks, giving it more credibility. Nvidia is reportedly focused on delivering the best possible performance from the top three GPUs in the “Ada Lovelace” lineup: the RTX 4090, RTX 4080, and RTX 4070. The latter was previously compared to the current-gen flagship RTX 3090 Ti in performance, and now Moore’s Law is Dead echoes that prediction. If true, the RTX 4070 is likely to be one of the best graphics cards in terms of performance per dollar.
I’m not a talker, but I need to do some updates. Hope you don’t mind.
a possible RTX 4080,
256bit 16G 21Gbps GDDR6X
total power ~420W
I have now completed the last update for 4090, 4080 and 4070.
— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) August 5, 2022
We also have a bit of RTX 4080 news, this time from Twitter leaker Kopite7kimi. The tipster predicted the specs of the card, which is said to use a scaled-down AD103-300 GPU, with the full version likely coming in the RTX 4080 Ti. Unfortunately, it looks like the specs are worse than we initially thought, but the performance still looks fantastic.
The rumored RTX 4080 is said to come with 9,728 cores, up from the 10,240 cores that previous leaks suggested we might get. Kopite7kimi also expects the GPU to come with 48MB of L2 cache and 16GB of GDDR6X memory along with 21Gbps speeds and a 256-bit memory bus. Perhaps the juiciest tidbit is that Kopite7kimi predicts a TimeSpy benchmark score of around 15,000 for this GPU, which would make it up to 35% faster than the RTX 3090 Ti.
Moving on to AMD, it looks like while Team Red might beat Intel to launch next-gen processors, it won’t arrive in time to beat Nvidia as well. Moore’s Law is Dead expects AMD to drop RDNA 3 graphics cards in November at the earliest. Additionally, it looks like AMD is also taking a staggered release approach in much the same way that Nvidia seems to be doing. While we’ll be getting the high-end RDNA 3 graphics cards this year, such as the Radeon RX 7900 XT, we may not see the mid-to-entry level offerings until 2023.
These reports certainly bode well for Nvidia, but even if AMD will arrive a bit late to the party, we’ll definitely see some competition between the two giants – which can only mean good things for those looking to buy a new one. GPUs.