It looks like NVIDIA won’t be going the AMD way anytime soon. Team Red is widely credited for being the first consumer chipmaker to adopt a modular design, a significant shift from the monolithic approach both its competitors are still leveraging. The RDNA 3-based Radeon RX 7000 GPUs are said to be based on a chiplet architecture with one Graphics Compute Die (GCD) and (up to) six Memory Complex Dies (MCDs).
It was rumored that NVIDIA’s next to next-gen RTX 50 series GPUs would be the first to move away from monolithic to a chiplet design. However, plans seem to have changed as tipster Kimi states that the successor to Ada Lovelace (RTX 40 series) will be another monolithic chip.
With AMD and Intel moving to a disaggregated design, NVIDIA is the only major chipmaker without a modular design on its immediate roadmap. Ada is a monolithic design through and through but Team Green may release Blackwell as a monolithic design (initially), followed by a mid-season refresh featuring two or more chiplets.