For this one, we’re boarding the rumour bus in Rumourtown, Rumoursville, while listening to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. All aboard? Let’s go. Tweaktown has suggested that Nvidia could be preparing to unveil its next-gen GeForce Ampera GPU at its annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC) due to take place next week in California.
That’s very soon indeed, although there’s a certain element of logic to what’s going on here. First and foremost, Turing is already out and been hurled into every graphics card under the sun, while Volta is now positively old hat. Nvidia has to show something at GTC, even if it’s nowhere near ready for launch.
Ampere is a GPU architecture that’s been thrown around for a while now, often interchangeably with Turing. It now seems likely that Ampere is real but it actually refers to Nvidia’s next-gen graphics processors, built on the 7nm process.
AMD already has its foot in the door of 7nm with the Radeon VII, the world’s first 7nm gaming graphics card. It’s a headline-stealing accomplishment that Nvidia won’t like seeing, not when Team Green prides itself on being ahead of the curve. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti may be considerably faster but AMD has its sights set on 7nm dominance with the imminent arrival of Navi.
While there’s little doubt we’re not going to get Ampere anytime soon, Nvidia does at least have an active interest in getting its 7nm tech in the industry’s face. And that time is allegedly GTC 2019 next week, where it’s certainly conceivable Nvidia could show off a 7nm GPU ahead of a launch next year. Process shrinks aren’t everything of course, as the Radeon VII can attest, but for Nvidia, it should potentially mean higher clock speeds and great performance efficiency.
Keep your eyes peeled next week then, and we’ll be sure to bring you any updates just as soon as we hear anything.