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Nvidia GeForce RTX 40-Series GPUs Tipped to Debut in Early Q3

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Nvidia's next series of consumer graphics cards might launch as early as July 2022. Today, the Twitter tech tipster with an excellent track record, Kopite7kimi (opens in new tab), informed his followers that Ada Lovelove will potentially come out in "Q3 early."

Ada Lovelace is Nvidia's codename for the GPU architecture behind the next-generation GeForce series of consumer graphics cards, due later this year. Naturally, therefore, we must take the Kopite7kimi Tweet with a dose of salt, but if true, the indications are we will see Nvidia launch its GeForce RTX 40-series graphics cards in July. Yes, July, as of Q3, spans July, August, and September – which equate to early, mid and late Q3, respectively.

It isn't easy to tie an RTX 40-series launch to a graphics/technology event in July. If we expected a June debut, we could perhaps see a technology/paper launch at Computex (May 24 – 27). An August launch would fit in with Gamescom (Aug 24). Pondering over late June, we only have the following significant events; RX Japan (VR) on June 22 and the MWC in Shanghai on June 29. Of course, we don't need an important shared technology event for a graphics card launch in the post-pandemic world; it could come straight from Jensen's kitchen.

While we are here, it is worth having a recap of what users should expect from the RTX 40-series lineup. Tom's Hardware Jarred Walton graphics editor published an everything we know an article in late April, which is worth a look, with a detailed table of standard specifications (GPU cores, clocks, memory quotas, speeds, and power requirements). It includes a video chat session too. It is well worth a look if you want a deep dive into Ada Lovelace technologies to come.

Whenever Nvidia does launch its RTX 40-series, it is highly likely to start at the higher end. This lower volume and more lucrative segment of the market gets the lower-rung GPU buyers eager and excited for the more accessibly priced products later on. Recently we heard some convincing rumors about what will probably be the launch flagship, the GeForce RTX 4090. Specifically, Kopite7kimi (again) reckons that this graphics card will feature 24GB of GDDR6X memory at 21 Gbps. The linked article includes all the latest up-to-date rumors about RTX 40-series graphics card specs from the RTX 4090 to RTX 4080 and RTX 4070 – expected to debut first.

Nvidia launching its RTX40 series is a move that enthusiasts would welcome. An early Q3 launch would secure the first mover advantage against arch foe AMD. Moreover, it could help dash Intel's hopes before the blue team gets its first serious desktop GPUs out and available worldwide. Lastly, we hope that the following generation of graphics cards can draw a line under the crypto mining era, with that speculative investment becoming less popular, and into an age where AMD, Nvidia, and Intel have to fight fiercely for PC gamer and creator cash.

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • Sleepy_Hollowed
    I wouldn’t be surprised if they push it back a bit just to have enough to sell, but in any case hope that drives pricing down of older ones.
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  • dimar
    I might upgrade my 3090 to 40XX depending on TDP and benchmarks. I'd like a stable 300 fps at 2k res. Looking forward to 300Hz mini LED screens.
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  • nitrium
    My RTX 2060 is getting a bit long in the tooth, and hasn't really ever been able to do RT properly. Would like to switch it out for a RTX 4060 or 4060Ti. I usually don't upgrade until I can get double the performance for the same price as the original, and I'm not convinced either the RTX 4060 or RTX 4060Ti will be twice as fast as an RTX 2060, with the exception of RT.
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  • Ogotai
    nitrium said:
    My RTX 2060 is getting a bit long in the tooth
    ill trade you for the 1060 im currently running :tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy:
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  • 486SupportTech
    Its going to be an exciting year! Can't wait to get my new computer, Asus 4080 with an AMD 7900x3d.
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  • nitrium
    Ogotai said:
    ill trade you for the 1060 im currently running :tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy:
    I came off an AMD R9 390. While losing 2GB seemed like a downgrade, the RTX 2060 is still so much faster anyway.
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  • bigdragon
    Interesting situation for Nvidia. They're battling the need to have production and stock at launch with the pressure to release before demand and prices fall further. GPUs are getting squeezed between crypto falling off a cliff and gamers being forced to direct more money to necessities. I expect that this will be another paper launch.

    I would love to have a 4070. I think the 4080 will consume too much power. There is no urgent desire to upgrade anymore, although faster render times in Blender would be nice.
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  • gggplaya
    I really doubt this will debut at Computex. The smart business move is to allow AMD to debut their Multi-Chip-Module Radeon 7000 series and give out performance figures and pricing. Because lets face it, the MCM is hard to estimate final performance at the moment until we know more about heat, power and clock speed. Then Nvidia will adjust their product stack naming and pricing accordingly to be competitive.
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  • spongiemaster
    gggplaya said:
    The smart business move is to allow AMD to debut their Multi-Chip-Module Radeon 7000 series and give out performance figures and pricing.
    No, it isn't from Nvidia's perspective. Recent generations have shown us that Nvidia goes first and picks whatever price they feel like. Then AMD shows up and prices slightly below Nvidia, but not enough below to force Nvidia to lower prices. If Nvidia lets AMD go first, there's a chance AMD will be more price aggressive and pick prices lower than NVidia wants to price just slightly above.

    The other thing to consider is the first to market gets their cards compared to the competition's previous generation which will look much better in bar graphs since launch reviews are typically what people will find when searching for reviews at any point in the future.
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  • gggplaya
    spongiemaster said:
    No, it isn't from Nvidia's perspective. Recent generations have shown us that Nvidia goes first and picks whatever price they feel like. Then AMD shows up and prices slightly below Nvidia, but not enough below to force Nvidia to lower prices. If Nvidia lets AMD go first, there's a chance AMD will be more price aggressive and pick prices lower than NVidia wants to price just slightly above.

    The other thing to consider is the first to market gets their cards compared to the competition's previous generation which will look much better in bar graphs since launch reviews are typically what people will find when searching for reviews at any point in the future.

    Yes, but in all those instances, Nvidia had something to answer back with in terms of performance and always held the flagship position and they knew this. AMD has yet to have a card that can outperform Nvidia's best card. So in response to AMD, they would release a cut down version of their higher end card, call it a Ti or Super version and sell it for around the same price or slightly higher than the AMD counterpart. But the MCM architecture is a big unknown in performance, it's possible that AMD will take the performance crown with this generation.
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