The Nvidia Ampere rumours are intensifying, with new leaks for the next-generation graphics cards seemingly dropping by the week. If rumours are to be trusted, we’ve now got an idea of the specs, performance and design.
A new leaked image (provided by Videocardz) has potentially given us our first glimpse of a Nvidia Ampere graphics card. More specifically, this is apparently the Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, featuring a triple-fan design and an RGB light strip. With a third-party design, this doesn’t necessarily mean the Founders Edition will look the same, but it’s still exciting to potentially see the very first Ampere GPU.
New specs and performance data have also seemingly leaked via a 3DMark Time Spy benchmark test (spotted by HardwareLeaks.) The leak suggests an unnamed Nvidia Ampere GPU has a boosted clock speed of 1935MHz and a 30.98% performance improvement over the current Founders Edition RTX 2080 Ti graphics card.
There’s still no official release date for Nvidia Ampere, but a report from DigitTimes claims it could launch in September. The report does not provide a source, but we still reckon it could be accurate since it lines up so nicely with previous rumours.
Keep reading for more in-depth rumours and leaks for the upcoming Nvidia Ampere graphics cards.
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Nvidia Ampere release date – When will Nvidia launch RTX 3080 and RTX 3070?
Multiple sources are suggesting Nvidia Ampere RTX 3000 graphics cards will launch in September 2020.
Tweaktown claims the Nvidia Ampere graphics cards will be officially revealed in August and then launch in the following month. With Computex now officially cancelled for 2020, Nvidia will likely host its own digital event to reveal the next-gen graphics cards.
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Nvidia Ampere price – How much will RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 cost?
There are very few rumours regarding price so far, which is to be expected since Nvidia likes to set the price at the latest possible time to undercut the competition.
A Wccftech report claims that Nvidia is looking to make the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 slightly cheaper than their Turing counterparts in a bid to make ray tracing accelerated cards more appealing to a mass market. With the RTX 2080 Ti graphics card currently costing over £1000, that comes as no surprise.
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Nvidia Ampere specs
Nothing is confirmed regarding Nvidia Ampere specs so far, but there has been plenty of rumours. It was expected that Ampere would use TSMC’s 7nm process, but new reports suggest Nvidia will actually use Samsung’s 8nm fabrication process instead. This is according to renowned leaker @kopite7kimi, but it’s still worth retaining a bit of scepticism for now.
If the 8nm process rumour is accurate, then it explains why reports suggest Nvidia has ramped up the power draw for Ampere graphics cards in order to see a sizeable performance jump.
A report from HardwareLeaks also claims there will initially be three models of the Nvidia Ampere GPU:
- GA102 with 24GB of VRAM
- GA102 with 12GB of VRAM
- GA102 with 10GB of VRAM
It’s expected that the most powerful of the trio will be Titan flavoured, and designed to power servers rather than for fitting inside gaming PCs. The other two could be the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3080, although there has been suggestions that an RTX 3090 exists too.
A benchmark data leak suggests one of these cards will see a 1935MHz boost clock speed, which isn’t a massive jump from the current Turing offerings. There’s no need to worry though, as the same leak claims the Ampere card still sees impressive gains on the RTX 2080 Ti,
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Nvidia Ampere performance
A recent 3DMark Time Spy benchmark leak suggests an unnamed Nvidia Ampere GPU is 30.98% more powerful than the Founders Edition RTX 2080 Ti. That’s a sizeable performance jump, and should help big budget AAA games perform better for 4K gaming.
Nvidia is also rumoured to be intensifying its efforts on ray tracing, which makes a lot of sense since both the PS5 and Xbox Series X will support the technology and likely increase the awareness and demand for the realistic light-rendering feature.
Wccftech reports that, “Ampere’s ray tracing cores will be faster, more power efficient and Ampere GPUs will have more of them as compared to Turing.”
It remains to be seen whether Ampere will actually improve the ray tracing visuals, or simply enhance the frame rate performance when the technology is activated. But with an increasing number of upcoming games confirming support for ray tracing, Nvidia already has a greater platform for success than it did with its Turing GPUs.
Nvidia Ampere design
Recent leaked images supposedly showed off an Nvidia RTX 3060 card.
The supposed leaked images were posted to a Chinise forum Chiphell, showing the RTX 3060 next to an unidentified graphics card. We’re not convinced these graphics cards are legitimate though, as they don’t feature the same attention-to-detail styling as previous cards, while one also sees the “RTX 3080” in an upside-down position in relation to the PCIe power connector.
It’s very possible these are just early production models, but either way, it’s highly likely that final Nvidia Ampere cards won’t end up looking like this.
Another leaked image has shown off the supposed Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. This leak seems more legitimate, but while it features a triple-fan design, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Founders Edition version will too, as third-party cards often see numerous design modifications.
The leaked image does suggest that a launch is imminent though, with Ampere expected to be revealed as early as next month. Stick to Trusted Reviews for the latest information.