Nvidia’s next generation of graphics cards might be coming sooner than we think – as soon as the first half of next year, according to Igor’s Lab. What’s that, you say? Nvidia just launched its Super cards? Yeah, they did. But where those were incremental, this would be a generational jump.
The rumors say that the Ampere line, which would replace the Turing cards, would shift to a 7 nm process, replacing the 12 nm process that Nvidia’s current cards use. Ray tracing isn’t going anywhere, either. While there isn’t any information out there about what advancements Nvidia may have made in that space, it’s possible that the shift to 7nm could give Nvidia more room for RT cores and thus improved ray-tracing performance. As TechPowerUp notes, this is likely when we’d see Nvidia revealing new tools and kits to help developers make use of ray-tracing hardware.
With the wallet hit of Nvidia’s 20XX Super cards still feeling pretty fresh, brand new next-gen GPUs might not be what we want to hear about right now, but rumors place these anywhere in the first half of 2020, so they might still be as many as 9 months out.
The timing sounds right
Nvidia’s Turing GPU
With AMD cranking up competition in the CPU market and poking at Nvidia’s dominance on the lower side of the GPU market, it makes sense that Nvidia would want to get its more powerful next-gen GPUs into the marketplace.
We’re also expecting Sony and Microsoft to talk more about the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett consoles. Both of those are powered by AMD, and Microsoft has explicitly said that its console will have hardware-accelerated ray-tracing capabilities. It wouldn’t be dumb for Nvidia to drop the next generation of ray tracing before those consoles hit.
A lot of this is speculation; Igor’s Lab has generally been reliable for information about upcoming cards, but the information is still scarce. The timing works out, though, so we’re going to keep our eyes out for more information into the next year.