The new Nvidia graphics cards that are based on the Nvidia Turing architecture have been announced and Ray Tracing is one of the major selling points of these graphics cards. The cards that we know of so far are the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and the RTX 2070. Now a new roadmap shows that the next generation architecture will be Nvidia Ampere.
This is something that we have heard of before. It was mentioned in previous leaks and rumors. We thought that the upcoming GPU would be based on the Nvidia Ampere architecture but then it was confirmed that they were not and we got Turing instead. If you were wondering why the name rings a bell then now you know why.
The new roadmap mentions that the upcoming architecture will be based on the 7nm process as compared to the one that we have right now that is based on the 12nm process. Pascal was based on the 16nm process but we do not have solid numbers for Turing to we do not know what kind of increase in performance you can get from the upcoming GPUs. What we do know is these graphics cards will be released before the end of 2020.
From what we know of the 7nm process from TSMC, you can expect to get an increase in performance by 35% and reduce energy consumption by 65% compared to Pascal series of GPUs. Other than that, Nvidia Ampere will offer higher clock speeds that will mean better FPS in games. There will also be a 7nm+ process that will be a further refined version and while that will not increase performance for Nvidia Ampere it will increase transistor density by 20% and power consumption will be reduced by 10%. I am sure that is something that the general consumer can appreciate.
It will be interesting to see what kind of performance the Nvidia Ampere architecture will have to offer as compared to Turing and I would make some prediction but for that, we need to see some in-game performance of the Turing GPUs. If that is something that you are interested in then you should stay tuned for further details regarding Turing and what I think Nvidia Ampere will have to offer.