Looking forward to Nvidia’s RTX 3080 and the next generation 7nm GPUs

What does Nvidia have planned for the next round of graphics cards? The Turing architecture and 20-series first launched with the RTX 2080 Ti in September 2018, and this year brought us the Super refresh. It doesn’t take a GPU architect to know that Nvidia is already well into the design stages for the next generation post-Turing graphics cards, which will most likely be called Ampere.

To be clear, Nvidia hasn’t officially told anyone what the next-generation GPU will be called, though it mentioned Ampere in the past (before Turing ever launched). And it’s certainly not going to leak specs—anyone claiming to have specifications for the RTX 3080 is just making stuff up. Which is par for the course, as it happened with the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti, and the GTX 1080 Ti before that, and so on. (For the record, nearly every guess ended up being wrong.) But even if we don’t know the exact specs, looking at the underlying tech—in this case, TSMC’s and Samsung’s 7nm process technologies—we can get a good sense of what to expect.

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