[Update: This article initially used ‘power’ to indicate card performance. We’ve updated the article with clearer wording.]
Nvidia is set to unveil its next-gen GPUs, code-named Ampere, in 2020. We’ll most likely see them in the second half of the year if rumors are accurate. Some estimates of the upcoming chip’s capabilities are coming out. According to a report from the Taipei times, we could see substantial jumps in performance and efficiency in the Ampere generation of s.
According to a note from Yuanta Securities Investment Consulting, Ampere will see a 50% increase in performance over the current Turing generation, but will also consume half as much power as Turing. The jump comes from the switch to this new Ampere architecture and to the new 7-nm manufacturing node (compared to Turing’s 12-nm process). That’s something like a 3x increase in performance-per-watt.
Exactly where we’ll see these performance increases remains to be seen. It seems likely that we’ll see a lot of that focus put on the RT cores that handle the raytracing aspects of these new cards since Nvidia is pushing that technology hard, but at least some of it will go towards overall performance, too, so you can get that 4K@60 performance you’ve been craving.
Ampere’s performance boost is good business
The detail comes as part of a much larger article, though. Yuanta Securities isn’t concerned with how powerful the card is, but how it’ll affect the many Taiwan-based PC component manufacturers. After weak sales last year, the firm expects sales to rebound, with companies like MSI, Gigabyte, and Asustek expected to see benefits. Gaming-related sales make up 60% of MSI’s income, while it accounts for about 30% of Gigabyte and Asustek’s sales.
Tom’s Hardware notes that the SIGGRAPH conference in July could be a candidate for Ampere’s launch, but Nvidia hasn’t offered any clues just yet. While this 50% boost is an up-to number, it suggests that this next generation of graphics cards could be very exciting to witness.