According to the latest rumors, Nvidia could beat AMD by releasing the next-gen RTX 40-series GPUs first. That’s right, GPUs plural, because there could be more than one graphics card model in store this year after all.
AMD is also getting ready to launch the new RDNA 3 graphics cards, but it looks like, as with Nvidia, we may not see the entire lineup in 2023.
It’s no secret that the GPU arena is slowly heating up, and today’s rumors once again put Nvidia ahead of AMD, although both Team Green and Team Red are preparing some exciting new releases for this fall. In its latest video, Moore’s Law is Dead talked about what we can expect from both major players in the graphics card market. As always, Moore’s Law is Dead references insider industry sources as he reports on what goes on behind the scenes.
Let’s start with Nvidia. Previous reports told us that Nvidia may only be ready to launch a single graphics card this year, the high-end (and presumably expensive) RTX 4090. While this would be difficult for customers, it makes sense that the GPU prices are dropping quickly and retailers have a lot of graphics cards lying around that have yet to be sold eventually. However, Moore’s Law is Dead claims that both issues have now been addressed by Nvidia.
In line with what the rumor mill is buzzing about, Moore’s Law is Dead also speculates that Nvidia’s next-gen GPUs may launch in October. Nvidia has reportedly started sending embargo details as early as this week, citing an October launch without fixing a definite date. The YouTuber says there may be more than one RTX 40 series model launching at the same time, so we may not have to wait until 2023 to see more of the lineup.
A source claims that Nvidia has done some “great things” to address the current oversupply problem experienced by Nvidia’s add-in board (AIB) partners. Both AMD and Nvidia are also reportedly trying to convince their board partners to buy the next-gen graphics cards early instead of waiting for the current generation to sell out.
The YouTuber also talked about the rumored performance of Nvidia’s next-gen cards, and it all sounds promising, especially as it matches previous leaks, giving it more credibility. Nvidia is reportedly working on delivering the best possible performance from the three best GPUs in the “Ada Lovelace” lineup: the RTX 4090, RTX 4080 and RTX 4070. The latter was previously compared to the current flagship RTX 3090 Ti in performance, and now Moore’s Law is Dead repeats that prediction. If this proves to be true, the RTX 4070 will probably be one of the best graphics cards in terms of performance per dollar.
I’m not a chatterbox, but I need to make some updates. I hope you do not mind.
a possible RTX 4080,
256bit 16G 21Gbps GDDR6X
total power ~420W
Now I have completed the latest update for 4090, 4080 and 4070.
— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) August 5, 2022
We also have a bit of news about the RTX 4080, this time coming from Twitter leaker Kopite7kimi. The tipster predicted the specs of the card, which is believed to use a scaled-down AD103-300 GPU, with the full version likely to be placed in the RTX 4080 Ti. Unfortunately, it looks like the specs may be worse than we initially thought, but the performance still sounds fantastic.
The rumored RTX 4080 is supposed to come with 9,728 cores as opposed to 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, as well as 21 Gbps speeds and a 256-bit memory bus. Perhaps the most juicy bit of information 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 seems that while Team Red could beat Intel to launch the next-gen processors, it won’t be in time to beat Nvidia as well. Moore’s Law is Dead expects AMD to release RDNA 3 graphics cards in November at the earliest. In addition, it seems that AMD is also taking a staggered release approach, much in the same way that Nvidia appears 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 offering until 2023.
These reports certainly bode well for Nvidia, but even if AMD arrives a little late to the party, we’re sure to see some competition between the two giants – which can only mean good things for those looking to buy a new GPU.