AMD may have been the first (and only) chipmaker in the computer hardware space to have fully migrated to the 7nm node, but it looks like that won’t be the case for too long. While Intel is still struggling with its 14nm shortages and the long-pending move to the 10nm node, NVIDIA is expected to launch its first 7nm products soon enough.
Now, how soon you’ll probably ask. As soon as in the coming 6-9 months. That may still seem far off but it’s really not. Rumors and specifications should start leaking out by the end of the first quarter of 2020 and we should have a clear picture of what to expect by the end of the second.
Today’s tip comes from two sources. Both claim that the GeForce RTX 3000 series should land by the beginning of the second half of 2020. As per the norm, we should see a Titan based on the 7nm Ampere design, followed by the RTX 3080 and 3070 and then finally after 4-6 months to keep AMD from capturing the enthusiast graphics card market, a 3080 Ti.
One of the reports also mentions an RTX 2080 Ti Super, expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020. However, I’m a bit skeptical about this. Not only is that a mouthful, but there’s little reason for NVIDIA to launch a faster flasgship GPU. The RTX 2080 TI remains the unchallenged 4K graphics while the Navi 10 cards compete with the lower-end Supers in the budget space.
If AMD does, however, launch a Navi 12 part, that will change but the chances of that happening are rather small at the moment. As it stands, from what I can tell, NVIDIA is done with the RTX 20 series. The 1650 Super should launch later this month and that’s the last we’ll see of Turing. The 7nm Ampere architecture should follow by early to mid-2020.