NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3000 Series Graphics Cards Final Sampling Will Begin in August, With Delivery Before the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X?

While AMD is still promising to deliver its RDNA 2 based Big Navi Graphics Cards early, NVIDIA appears to steadily march ahead with pre-production procedures for its next-gen Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3000 Series. The RTX 3000 Series will succeed the RTX 2000 Turing-based GPUs, and NVIDIA is reportedly ready to hit the last milestone before sending out the cards to retailers and distributors.

Multiple reports are confidently claiming that NVIDIA will begin sampling its GeForce RTX “Ampere” cards by the end of August. In other words, NVIDIA could have begun the final assembly process of production-ready samples of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series Graphics Cards. If the reports are accurate, early adopters can expect to purchase cards like the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti as early as late September or October. Meanwhile, there’s no update or confirmation from AMD about its own competing RDNA2 Big Nav GPUs, some of which, AMD claims, are ‘NVIDIA Killer’.

NVIDIA Set To Begin Final Sampling Of GeForce RTX Ampere Lineup Next Month With Production Set To Commence Immediately:

According to new reports, based on confidential but reportedly verified sources, sampling for NVIDIA’s next-gen Ampere lineup will happen in late August. If the reports are accurate, it is quite likely that NVIDIA has accelerated the launch and subsequent delivery schedule for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series of Graphics Cards.

It is, however, important to note that actual sampling dates always vary from region to region. A lot depends on the local logistics and actual physical movements of the cards into the hands of backend evaluators. But the alleged sources confidently indicate that NVIDIA is trying hard to move the upcoming RTX 3000 Series Graphics Cards as quickly as possible.

If all the scheduling and logistics are achieved as NVIDIA reportedly hopes, then the hard launch of the RTX 3000 series lineup will take place by the end of the third quarter. This also means that cards like the next-gen Ampere-based NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti could be in the hands of OEMs within the next couple weeks.

NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3000 Series Graphics Cards Different From The A100 Graphics Accelerator:

If NVIDIA completes the final sampling of production-ready GeForce RTX 3000 Series Ampere-based Graphics Cards as reportedly scheduled, then buyers could actually get their hands on an Ampere card before Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X. In other words, NVIDIA might pull off a “hard” launch, which implies immediate availability for the purchase of next-gen Ampere-based GPUs.

Earlier leaks have strongly indicated that that the Ampere GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will be as much as 40 percent faster than the current champion, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. This translates to actual or true 4K UHD gaming at ultra-high graphics and high frame rates. These are the rumored and still unverified specifications of the higher-end Ampere lineup:

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 (TITAN): 5248 Shaders|24GB GDDR6X VRAM| 350W TDP
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080: 4352 Shaders|10GB GDDR6X VRAM| 320W TDP
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti: 3072 Shaders|8GB GDDR6X VRAM| 250W TDP
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070: 2944 Shaders|8GB GDDR6 VRAM|220W TDP

Unlike the extremely powerful A100 Accelerator, the NVIDIA’s consumer-grade Ampere lineup will be based on Samsung’s 8nm process which is reportedly a refined variant of the 10nm node. This translates to a larger die size and a slight lowering of power efficiency when compared to the current generation Turing GPUs. With the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series, NVIDIA has reportedly focused more on ray-tracing performance. Technically this means more hardware dedicated to ray-triangle intersection and BVH.

Alap Naik Desai
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