NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 series mass production to start in the middle of 2022
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While AMD has updated its developer tools with references to Navi 31 and Navi 33, there are more rumours about the state of NVIDIA's next-generation graphics cards, too. Last month, @greymon55 teased that 'NVIDIA's Hopper will tape out soon', with Hopper the codename for the company's next graphics card architecture.
Now, the leaker has expanded upon their teaser with more details about Hopper. According to @greymon55, NVIDIA's AD102 GPU will tape out in 2022, or late Q4 2021 at the earliest. Mass production will then supposedly occur in the middle of 2022, 18 months on from Ampere's launch. Reputedly, NVIDIA takes less than a year to bring a card to market from tape-out, but these dates make a mid-2022 launch seem unlikely.
Instead, RedGamingTech believes that NVIDIA will announce Hopper in Q3 2022, or perhaps as late as Q4 that year. Ultimately, with Ampere as popular as it is, NVIDIA does not need to rush Hopper to market. An RTX 30 SUPER series refresh would give NVIDIA even more time to play with too, as the RTX 20 SUPER series did between late 2019 and mid-2020. Hopefully, the RTX 30 series will have reached MSRP by the time Hopper rolls around, at any rate.