Looks like Nvidia’s RTX 4080 won’t launch this year

Don’t anticipate a brand new technology of Nvidia graphics playing cards anytime quickly. As a part of his GTC 2021 keynote, CEO Jensen Huang revealed “Grace,” the corporate’s new Arm-based knowledge middle CPU—sure, Nvidia is making CPUs now!—and in a slide displaying Nvidia’s revamped knowledge middle chip stack, the next-gen “Ampere Subsequent” graphics structure was listed as coming in 2022, with “Ampere Subsequent Subsequent” scheduled for 2024. 

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Peep that GPU schedule, players.

Nvidia’s GPU Know-how Convention largely focuses on developer, enterprise, and knowledge middle bulletins, and the slide displaying a 2022 launch for Ampere Subsequent pertains to that context—not consumer-oriented GeForce graphics playing cards. Nonetheless, Nvidia’s newest and best architectures often debut within the type of ultra-expensive knowledge middle GPUs earlier than trickling right down to PC players as GeForce merchandise. That occurred for this primary Ampere technology, for instance.

So the 2022 arrival of Ampere Subsequent signifies that any extra GeForce GPUs launched this yr ought to be primarily based on the present “Ampere” GPU structure. 

The information doesn’t come as a shock contemplating that fashionable GPUs are likely to have a 1.5- to 2-year lifespan earlier than being changed, and the GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs simply launched final September. And it may not even be a disappointment for a lot of people since you’ll be able to’t even purchase a graphics card proper now. However the ferocious GeForce RTX 3090 seems like it can stay the gaming champion for the foreseeable future, even when the hotly rumored RTX 3080 Ti debuts this spring as anticipated. The RTX 4080 may not be right here for some time. 

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