Has started mysterious countdown to the Ampere series.
It is now two years since Nvidia launched its first Turing-based graphics cards in the RTX 20 series with support for beam tracking and deep learning. The expanded «Super» series that followed the following year is also like old news to count.
Rumors surrounding the replacement cards have risen sharply over the spring and summer, and now it seems that Nvidia has started up its PR machinery in preparation for presenting the next generation of graphics cards.
On their website, a countdown has begun until September 1, when they will hold a digital event. The countdown is titled #UltimateCountdown and started counting down from exactly 21 days. The number 21 is repeated in several places on the website, and some believe this indicates that the next series of graphics cards will be called the GeForce RTX 21 series rather than the GeForce RTX 30 series as expected. This can probably be explained by the fact that it is 21 years since the GeForce brand was born – 31 August 1999.
This is probably the countdown to Nvidia’s Ampere-based graphics card shown for the first time.
Nvidia will show the top cards first
It is expected that Nvidia will launch its most powerful new cards during the event and that the cards that will take the place of today’s RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 Super will be released already during September. After that, the replacement for the RTX 2070 series will probably be released in October, before the replacement for the mid-range RTX 2060 Super card will be released in November.
Very little is known about the replacement for today’s Turing-based RTX 20 and RTX 20 Super series.
However, we know that the upcoming graphics cards will be based on Nvidia’s Ampere architecture. Today’s Turing-based graphics cards are a manufacturer of 12-nanometer technology, and some rumors indicate that the Ampere cards will be produced with 8-nanometer technology at Samsung. Ampere probably uses a technology that compresses the information in the memory very efficiently, which can reduce costs or increase performance.
In addition, recent rumors, which the website Videocardz claims to have confirmed, indicate that Nvidia and third-party manufacturers such as Asus, MSI and Zotac will be ready with their cards at the same time this time. For both the GTX 10 and RTX 20 series, Nvidia launched its so-called «Founders Edition» cards on the market several weeks before releasing them to other players with a custom PCB and cooling solution.
The cards will probably offer significantly higher overall performance than today. We on our part are extra excited about how much better the radiation tracking performance will be, and the price Nvidia sets. Many people probably put coffee in their throats when Nvidia launched the prices for the RTX 20 series, which was a big jump compared to the previous GTX 10 series, which was also significantly more expensive than its predecessor.
The competitor AMD has built up a position in the budget and middle class, but is unable to compete with Nvidia in the enthusiast segment. AMD is expected to release new and more powerful graphics cards that will support beam tracking for the first time, but the timing of this is highly uncertain.