Nvidia introduced it’s Pascal-architecture based GPU in 2016 the GTX 10 series and since then the company has not introduced a new architecture for gaming GPUs, however, seems like it is about to change as a rumor suggests that the company plans to roll out Nvidia Ampere Powered GPUs in April.
The rumor comes from 3DCenter, who claim that the next-generation of gaming GPUs will not be based on Volta architecture but will be based on Nvidia Ampere architecture. We have already talked about whether the upcoming gaming graphics cards will be based on Nvidia Ampere or Volta and it seems that we turned out to be right.
The rumor further suggests that GP102 has become obsolete as it has reached its EOL (End of Life) and will be replaced by GA series. However, given that it is just a rumor, take it with a grain of salt.
But, if this turns out to be true then the implications would be interesting starting with the GTX 10 series going out of stock as soon as GP102 powers graphics cards such as GTX 1080 are discontinued and the with the current state of the GPU market, this will contribute more to the overall shortage.
According to the rumor, Nvidia is preparing Ampere architecture for its upcoming mainstream GPU, presumably GTX 2080 and GTX 2070. Furthermore, the report suggests that GA104 production will start this month and GPUs will start rolling out to the consumers in April 2018.
Also, it is unclear that Nvidia will choose to call its next generation of consumer GPUs as there are speculations that the next-gen GPU will be GTX 20 series while some speculate that it will be GTX 1180.
Speaking of Nvidia, the company has noted in recent earnings call that they are 10x bigger than AMD and added that compared to AMD, the company has a lot of more suppliers than its competitor which supply them.
Furthermore, it will be interesting to see if Nvidia will be able to resolve the situation involving the GPU shortage with its Ampere based gaming GPUs.
What do you think? Will Nvidia skip Volta to roll out GPU based on Ampere? Let us know in the comments.