RTX 40 series GPUs launching in 2022 will use TSMC 5nm node, big performance leap expected

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Nov 30, 2021 3:13 PM

Every 2 years, Nvidia launches a new generation of graphics cards for our PC systems, but in the wake of supply constraints and a global chip shortage, the fact that Nvidia will still be releasing their next-gen GPUs in 2022 is at least a sigh of relief. More interestingly though, it has been officially confirmed to use the TSMC 5nm process node.

Whilst previous rumors have come from (admittedly, reliable) leakers, the latest news comes directly from the Taiwanese factories, where the graphics cards will be made. The report comes from DigiTimes behind a paywall, but thankfully a brief segment was revealed on Twitter by user RetiredEnginner (@chiakokhua).

Nvidia gaming GPUs getting major refresh next year, Taiwan factories all-out to support 5nm RTX40 generation,” the article says. “Nvidia's biennial GPU refresh coming in 2022, riding on metaverse and gaming. Following H100, based on Hopper architecture, using TSMC's 5nm + CoWoS, aimed at datacenter/AI, gaming GPU RTX40 series, based on Ada Lovelace architecture, will also tap TSMC's 5nm...

That might be a bit difficult to read, but essentially that quote is confirming that the next-gen successor to the RTX 30 series based on Ampere will officially be the RTX 40 series based on Ada Lovelace, and will be using the TSMC 5nm process node. The H100 is an AI/datacenter GPU by Nvidia, which will also get a similar upgrade.

Obviously these will go head-to-head against AMD’s RX 7000 series graphics cards based on RDNA3. But what can we expect in terms of performance? Well, based on rumors at the moment (so take this information with a grain of salt), we could see a similar performance increase that we saw with the RTX 20 series to RTX 30 series.

The rumors suggest the RTX 40 series flagship graphics card (AD102 SKU) will have 18,432 CUDA Cores, which is roughly 70% more than the flagship GPU of the RTX 30 series, the RTX 3090. So we can assume this particular GPU will be called the RTX 4090. Rumors also suggest it will have a clock speed of 2.3-2.5GHz.

With a 2.3-2.5GHz clock speed, we could see compute performance (FP32) up to 85-92 TFLOPS. In comparison, the RTX 3090 achieves 36 TFLOPs, and the RTX 2080 Ti achieved 13 TFLOPS. Obviously TFLOPS are not an exact indication of gaming performance, as in reality the 3090 was only 50-60% faster than the 2080 Ti, despite the 170% increase in performance the TFLOPs data would suggest.

Again, take it all with a big grain of salt, but if these rumors are true we could be seeing another impressive leap in GPU performance next year. And based on the comments made in the DigiTimes report, along with lessons learned from the past 2 years, we can hope there will be much more supply this time round. 

What do you think? Are you excited for the RTX 40 series graphics cards? How do you feel about the current (and early) performance expectations? Are you expecting a bigger or smaller leap in performance than outlined above? And what do you think the supply situation will be like? Let us know your thoughts!

Which GPU series releasing in 2022 are you most interested in?

Are you expecting a bigger or lower performance increase than outlined above?

Do you think there will be better supply for the RTX 40 series at launch?

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18:39 Dec-03-2021

there is no Zotac 3060 in list ?

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11:45 Dec-02-2021

Great more GPUs that will be impossible for me to buy unless I sell an organ

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11:15 Dec-02-2021

Before people get too excited, remember those 18k cores aren't for a dedicated gamer. They will exclusively be for people who can shell out north of $2000 MSRP for the 4090 or do some fcking questionable sh!t to pay scalper prices.

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14:29 Dec-01-2021

Why not fix the current supply issues before stretching it even thinner...?


Just a thought, guess the dolla dolla bill rules all

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00:00 Dec-01-2021

And also a bigger price leap lol

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02:23 Dec-01-2021

Yeah, last I heard the top end GPU's will start at $1700.

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23:10 Nov-30-2021

Damn it I just bought a !^%#ing 3080 3 months ago. Thus is PC gaming!

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02:24 Dec-01-2021

If you want to recover some of that $, try to sell your 3080 a month or two before the 4XXX series comes out. If you're lucky you'll be able to get 70 - 80% of your money back.

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07:43 Dec-01-2021

Sell that gpu, im prob gonna sell mine to take advantage of the christmas buying craze, $1000 will be the sell price (the same it costed me)

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12:01 Dec-01-2021

I feel ya! I try to buy GPUs at launch as then it doesn't feel as bad to sell 2 years later for an upgrade (and I've had plenty of fun by then). I wasn't quite as lucky with the 3090 to get it at launch this time, but I still managed to grab it only 2,5 months after launch.


That being said, I wonder how it's gonna be next year. I refuse to pay above MSRP, so I just buy FE cards. 2020 had the whole world upside-down, but I was still lucky this time to find FE stock. I have a feeling that the next launch will suck worse somehow.

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14:31 Dec-01-2021

Are you gaming at 8k...?


Because I cannot justify upgrading my 3080 with how beefy it is. Crushes every bit of my 1440p games

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23:15 Dec-01-2021

No I am at 1440p as well

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14:11 Dec-02-2021

Then you definitely don't need an upgrade yet.

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14:35 Dec-03-2021

Honestly yeah I would stick with what you have, save some money and dump the 3080 when the 5 series comes :D I had a 1080ti until this year, just kept saving and then I sold that 1080 for $600 on Craigslist lol.


But totally up to you!!! I think what we have no is pretty tits, this is certainly better than my 1080ti lolol

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19:45 Dec-02-2021

Usually upgrading every gen is not worth it anyway, on average we get 30% of performance upgrade every new gen on gpu market

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23:09 Nov-30-2021

Most interesting for me is more out of curiosity than anything, but Intel for me. In terms of buying, I will see when they come out. I will buy what makes most sense after release.


As for whole performance increase, based on what I hear, I think nVidia is throttling supply to day, to keep prices high and prepare people for another price hike. I got feeling we might see big performance increase, but it will be more in terms of, you pay more, you get more. So if you want "same" price tier, it will be just around regular improvement. But top end will cost more, because people have proven that they are willing to pay. And AMD won't go to the rescue, their latest strategy is to just price match nVidias competition. So if they will have something between 4070 and 4080, it will also cost in between. And with RX6000 series, AMD has proven they got no interest in taking market share, considering how low their share is compared to nVidia in Steam survey. Like yes, it is not accurate, but it is way beyond margin of error. Intel however is wild card, they got incentive to offer more for lower price to bite into market share.


As for supply, it will just depend on how things go, if there will still be "supply issues", it will be just more of the same. Otherwise if they go for lower nodes and still keep producing some on bigger node, then we could talk about more supply. But it all depends if they will do that. Though I am pretty sure nVidia has no interest into solving the issue till it is absolutely necessary. But then again, Intel could help here, since they got interest to get into the market. And right now, they got hugely underserved market of below 300USD cards just sitting there waiting for anything to come for their segment. While AMD and nVidia are like "stop being poor".... :-D

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21:24 Nov-30-2021

RTX 4090 for an MSRP of $4000


joy...

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02:27 Dec-01-2021

Very likely

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20:01 Nov-30-2021

Who gives a f, still prices gonna be x2.5 times in few days.

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19:06 Nov-30-2021

i hoping to preorder a 7900xt, if i can im hoping ill still get around the £800-£900 price for my 6900xt

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02:27 Dec-01-2021

Hate to break it to ya, but last I heard expect the 7900xt to be closer to $1700

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03:28 Dec-01-2021

well i got lucky with my 6900xt getting through a friend at £1160ish so if i end up only paying 250ish to have a 6900xt for a year ill take that. and then i have over half the money for the 7900xt. maybe ill be able to grab that through a friend cheaper too

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14:33 Dec-04-2021

Hope it works out that way. Wish you luck

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18:15 Nov-30-2021

The supply chain will hit the same bottleneck, but this time the prices will be over-inflated from the get-go most likely. 2020 was the first pandemic year, they just left the prices as if it were 2019 with no pandemic or something. This time they will likely be 2x+ MSRP straight off on the PC parts websites. Or at least I think so.

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18:00 Nov-30-2021

Every time I read news about GPUs, it reminds me of the time I went to a strip club. There I was, standing like an idiot, looking at stuff I'll never touch...

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02:28 Dec-01-2021

A comment for the ages

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15:33 Nov-30-2021

RX 7000 will be MCM so I am definitely looking forward to that one I am hoping supply would be better as people who spent 3 times the price of regular GPU on 30 series cards wonm't be willing to spend on upgrade to the next generation of cards for getting the most value ot of their purchase.

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22:09 Nov-30-2021

lol they're gonna dump those cards for new ones

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07:45 Dec-01-2021

I will def sell mine and get a 4070 instead, hopefully with 16gb vram this time because the 8gb the 3070 has is pathetic to say the least and already showing a vram bottleneck in some games even at 1440p

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16:24 Dec-02-2021

I just got a 3080 and I for sure would if they come out

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