Nvidia is teasing a 21-day "ultimate countdown" that is seemingly pointing to its new consumer-facing Ampere GeForce graphics cards, likely to be known as the 3000-series.
...#UltimateCountdown pic.twitter.com/f23HcbHUk6August 10, 2020
In a tweet, the company simply mentions the countdown campaign. But in a profile banner on the @NvidiaGeForce Twitter account, it reads "21 days, 21 years."
That would suggest that an announcement will be made on August 31, which would be the same day the Nvidia GeForce 256, the company's first GPU, was released 21 years ago, in 1999.
That would suggest we'll see the card right after of this year's Gamescom.
You can see everything we know about Ampere so far here, and it seems we'll know way more in just a few weeks.
I just can't seem to remember...
Edit: Nvidia made up the definition of GPU to basically match their GeForce 256 new product launch. It also was a first for consumer inclusion of T&L into the graphics chip versus relying on software CPU work for this.
Nvidia was the first company to popularize the term (Sony coined the term years earlier with the PS1) so they decided the definition.
"single-chip processor with integrated transform, lighting, triangle setup/clipping, and rendering engines"
Previous video cards did not have those abilities, so by definition, they were not GPU's. ATi actually coined a term themselves for their cards, VPU, but that never caught on, and everyone just calls them GPU's now.
My second GPU was a RIVA TNT2 M64 , with a glorious 32mb of ram. perfect for wing commander IV !
(i don't remember the first, but i remember it was 4mb, and i played a lot of baldur's gate and fallout 1/2 on it !)
some marketing guy just made up this 21 days thing.
well, they could say it's 21 years for the GeForce brand