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A refresh of the RTX Ampere already?

A refresh of the RTX Ampere already?

Rumours are spreading about the arrival of an Ampere refresh.

More and more information and leaks are being made about important short-term changes at Nvidia. Let’s be clear, this information is really disturbing in terms of brand strategy.

The latest rumours are that a new GA103 chip will be introduced around which new versions of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 (not yet launched) will be built. For the moment, the GPUs used are the GA100 (for the Quadro), the GA102 (RTX 3090 / RTX 3080), the GA104 (RTX 3070/3060 Ti) and a priori the GA106 (RTX 3060). How do you interpret the use of a GA103 for the GeForce RTX 3080? If you have a good memory, you will remember that we mentioned this possibility even before the official launch of the 3080…

GeForce RTX 3080 20GB and RTX 3070 16GB are coming | TechBriefly

Will the RTX 3080 be replaced or supported by a 20GB version?

While the launch of the RTX 3080/90 continues to be a subject of debate, the reasons for such a fiasco are still being debated. It can be said that today no one of normally constituted people subscribe anymore to the official version of Nvidia explaining the situation by “an exceptional and unanticipated demand at this level”. If everyone goes by his theory, in our opinion only two options remain on the table to explain the situation:

  • A design problem?

This is a hypothesis that must be considered, because we were able to clearly establish that Nvidia had taken risks to launch Ampere. The first is to have entrusted its production to Samsung for reasons of price, but also of saturation of the TSMC tool, the chameleon’s historical partner. One cannot also evacuate the reduction of the important delay between the release of the GPUs and the marketing. Many of the launch’s “mishaps” have their origin in this pressure imposed by Nvidia on the brands. Nvidia is therefore now in discussion to return to TSMC as soon as possible in order to increase its yields and production, but also to improve its performances. The GA103 GPU would thus be a chip entrusted to TSMC as soon as 2021…

  • Lying poker with AMD?

The other hypothesis would be that Nvidia would have been the victim of her own game of poker liar against AMD. The ultra-fast launch, the prices and even the existence of the RTX 3090 would be the consequence of a certain anxiety regarding RDNA2. The potential of AMD’s cards would still be very uncertain, but more and more sources evoke a certain confidence in the competitiveness of the RX 6000 VS the 3070 and the 3080. Nvidia has therefore decided to react.

RTX 3060 et RTX 3080 20 Go

As early as September, this leak at Galax already confirmed the future AMD cards

A RTX 3080 20G really in the pipes for December

If it is difficult to obtain precise information on a possible 3070 Ti, we can tell you that our sources really confirm the existence of a RTX 3080 20Gb. This card would be released during the month of December. No information at this moment filtered on its tariff positioning. However, many of us have noticed that between the current 3080 and the 3090 there was some space…

RTX 3080 20g

Two of our sources at AIB confirm the information put forward some time ago by Kopite7kimi. One of these sources even evokes a pure and simple “replacement” of the current 3080. We have doubts about this option however.

One can think what one wants about the situation, but it still looks a bit like “panic mode” …

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