To counter AMD’s next-gen Big Navi Graphics chips, NVIDIA is readying the Ampere GPUs. These powerful graphics chips are reported to have a significant boost in performance. Moreover, owing to the new 7nm fabrication process, the NVIDIA Ampere GPUs will require just half the power as the current generation of graphics chips.
Expected to debut this year itself, the high-end and premium NVIDIA graphics chips will be based on the Ampere Architecture. These new GPUs will reportedly increase performance by 50 percent while halving power consumption. The jump in performance and the reduction in power consumption is quite understandable and expected due to the dynamic and significant reduction in the silicon die size and completely new core architecture.
Next-Gen NVIDIA GPUs Based On Ampere Architecture Will Be made On 7nm Production Process:
According to a client note by Yuanta Securities Investment Consulting Co and reported by the Taipei Times, Ampere chips are expected to be 50 percent faster while requiring half the power consumption when compared to the current Turing architecture. The report reads:
“A successor to units based on the Turing architecture, NVIDIA’s next-generation GPU based on the Ampere architecture is to adopt 7-nanometer technology, which would lead to a 50 percent increase in graphics performance while halving power consumption.”
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The current-generation of high-end NVIDIA graphics chips, based on the Turning Architecture, is built on the 12nm Production Process. In other words, NVIDIA is currently a step behind AMD in terms of process nodes. Turing is built on TSMC’s 12nm FinFET manufacturing process while rival AMD Navi is already benefiting from the 7nm node. But this should change quickly in the second half of this year. The Ampere Architecture is placed on a silicon wafer shrunk down to 7nm, and hence major improvements to power consumption and performance are to be expected.
Incidentally, the production process for AMD’s GPUs has been perfected by TSMC, and the company has indicated it would remain loyal to the Taiwanese company. NVIDIA, on the other hand, will be working with both TSMC and Samsung to produce the company’s 7nm graphics cards. Retaining two suppliers should potentially ensure ample supply.
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If NVIDIA follows its usual patterns, it could launch the Ampere-based GPUs at the annual SIGGRAPH conference, which is held in August. The company previously announced its Turing Architecture at SIGGRAPH and hence it is logical that NIVIDIA could stick with the same venue and timeframe to unveil Turing’s successor.