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DigiTimes report outs a 2022 timeline for 5nm Lovelace-based NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 and 4080, highlights that Hopper will be pulling AI/datacenter duty instead

Next-gen RTX 4000 cards may be built on the 5nm process node (Image source: NVIDIA)
Next-gen RTX 4000 cards may be built on the 5nm process node (Image source: NVIDIA)
According to a report by DigiTimes, factories in Taiwan are already ramping up to help NVIDIA bring out its RTX 4000 series gaming GPUs in 2022, based on 5nm lithography. Notably, the report indicates that "Hopper," rather than being a new GPU generation, will be an MCM architecture for datacenter and HPC use cases.

A report by DigiTimes offers new insight into NVIDIA's plans for its upcoming GeForce RTX 4000 series. According to the report, NVIDIA's "Lovelace" GPU architecture will power next-generation cards like the GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 4080. Lovelace GPUs will be built on the 5nm process node, meaning significant gains to power efficiency and performance over 8nm Ampere parts like the GeForce RTX 3080

Early prep by Taiwanese factories could possibly help alleviate the availability issues that plagued both Ampere and RDNA2 at launch, getting these powerful cards into the hands of more gamers. 

What will the Lovelace gaming GPUs look like, though? Earlier rumors indicated that NVIDIA was moving towards an MCM (multi-chip module) approach. Lovelace, however, is expected to be a monolithic chip, albeit packing a remarkable 18432 CUDA cores, clocked at up to 2.5 GHz. This could mean performance that's up to twice as fast as the current flagship GeForce RTX 3090, potentially making high framerate 4K gaming a reality. 

What about Hopper, though? NVIDIA's Hopper architecture was earlier touted as being an MCM-based successor to Lovelace. The DigiTimes report, however, claims that Hopper is being developed concurrently with Lovelace and will instead be used for HPC and datacenter GPUs. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-11-30 (Update: 2021-11-30)