It has almost two years have passed since Nvidia introduced the Ampere GPU architecture in the GeForce RTX 3080, and the company is reportedly preparing to announce its replacement. Tom’s equipment reportsbased on tweets from a usually reliable leakthat the RTX 4000 series and its Lovelace GPU architecture will begin in the early third quarter of this year.
Buying Nvidia RTX 3000 series GPUs has been so difficult for so long that it was almost too early to talk about replacing them, although the first two years were similar. RTX 2000 GPUs and the RTX 3000 series. The difference is how long it took Ampere to get to the bottom of the lineup. Turing Architecture debuted in September 2018 and by April 2019 reached the low-end GeForce GTX 1650; the first Ampere cards appeared in September 2020, but did not appear GeForce RTX 3050 until January 2022.
Other reports from the same source suggest that the RTX 4000 GPU may be a big boost compared to the top RTX 3090 Ti, increasing from Nvidia’s 84 streaming multiprocessors (SM) to somewhere between 126 and 140 SM. The RTX 4090 is expected to come with 24GB of GDDR6 RAM (same capacity as the RTX 3090 and 3090 Ti) and is said to be about twice the performance of the RTX 3090 at the same 450W power. Whether these claims are consistent with performance remains to be seen – Nvidia GPUs typically deliver impressive performance gains between generations, but double the performance with the same power envelope will be an abnormally big leap, historically speaking.
We also don’t know how much these GPUs will cost, how easy they will get, and whether Nvidia will continue to produce and sell RTX 3000 series cards to meet GPU demand. The video card market is there slowly returning to some kind of “normal” after years of chip shortages, cryptocurrency booms and scalper-fueled chaos, all this has led to an increase in both MSRP and actual street prices for virtually every new and used GPU you can buy.