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Nvidia's 'Ampere Next' GPU Is Coming in 2022

Nvidia Ampere Next / Hopper coming in 2022
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During his GTC 2021 keynote, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang revealed a roadmap for its upcoming GPUs, CPUs, and DPUs. We've already covered the Grace CPU, which should arrive in 2023, but the more interesting bit for gamers is the GPU. While Nvidia listed the GPU as "Ampere Next," we expect the GPU codename will actually be Hopper. That means Nvidia's next CPU and GPU combined will be Grace Hopper, after the computer scientist who pioneered many aspects of computer programming languages.

We don't have any concrete details on Hopper / Ampere Next yet, though it's safe to assume it will be faster and better than Ampere. Perhaps more importantly, it won't arrive until 2022, so anyone hoping for a sequel to Ampere this year will have to wait a bit longer. Which is perhaps all for the best, considering that it's basically impossible to buy any of the best graphics cards right now — unless you're willing to pay two to three times the official prices, anyway.

What will Hopper / Ampere Next entail, though? Current Ampere GPUs are manufactured on both TSMC N7 (GA100) and Samsung 8N (all of the consumer models — GA102, GA104, and GA106). That split could continue, but almost certainly the data center and HPC solution will come via TSMC, probably on the N5 process. That change should allow for even more GPU cores and transistors. The consumer side could potentially switch to TSMC as well, depending on how quickly TSMC can ramp up its wafer starts.

Based on past releases, we expect the Ampere Next / Hopper GPUs to launch with RTX 4000 series branding, and the top model (ie, RTX 4090) would likely outperform the current offerings by at least 25–30 percent, in situations that are GPU limited. We'll probably see fourth-gen Tensor cores and third-gen RT cores, each boosting performance over the current solutions.

And unless things have dramatically improved by 2022 [Ed: Dreams are free!], they'll all still sell out immediately after launch, at least for a few months.

But there's still hope for the follow-up to Ampere Next / Hopper. That is currently listed as "Ampere Next Next" in the roadmap, and we don't have a guess as to the future codename (Babbage, Lovelace, Euclid... feel free to guess your favorite scientist). We do know that Nvidia expects it to ship in 2024, which means it will probably utilize TSMC's N3 process or something similar, cramming even more GPU goodness into the package. By that point, we might even have consumer GPUs with more than 100 billion transistors.

Jarred Walton

Jarred Walton is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on everything GPU. He has been working as a tech journalist since 2004, writing for AnandTech, Maximum PC, and PC Gamer. From the first S3 Virge '3D decelerators' to today's GPUs, Jarred keeps up with all the latest graphics trends and is the one to ask about game performance.

  • LolaGT
    I can't wait to not be able to buy one of these.
    Maybe the next next. :unsure:
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  • Colif
    miners need new cards
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  • warezme
    True LolaGT, I gave up even looking at what's next considering you cant buy anything current at a reasonable price. I'm not financing scalpers so why bother. Sad state of the industry who as long as they are making money do nothing for the user base that made them. This could all be fixed by allowing email reservations at least at retail that assured regular users could buy a single or dual cards and no more.
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  • saunupe1911
    Thank god for EVGA...forever loyal to that company. Most fair system of purchasing GPUs in the business!
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  • blacknemesist
    I came here expecting mining or no stock jokes, was not disappointed in the slightest
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  • LolaGT
    While they are trying, last time I checked they were still only up to September 2020 reservations on the list.
    I signed up for a 3060Ti a couple months ago, but they will be releasing the RTX 4000 series by the time I'd get notified.


    saunupe1911 said:
    Thank god for EVGA...forever loyal to that company. Most fair system of purchasing GPUs in the business!
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  • saunupe1911
    LolaGT said:
    While they are trying, last time I checked they were still only up to September 2020 reservations on the list.
    I signed up for a 3060Ti a couple months ago, but they will be releasing the RTX 4000 series by the time I'd get notified.

    It's better than nothing. Next time sign on release day. I've gotten a EVGA 3080 FTW 3 and a Kingpin...yes a Kingpin!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • der_bayer36
    2030: Nvidia "I accept", "Next", "Next", Finish.
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  • bigdragon
    No point in even covering graphics news anymore given that you can't buy GPUs. I find myself completely deterred from other system upgrades too because of all the ongoing stock issues. Expenses are high, but some parts being completely unavailable kills the PC building hobby for me. Nvidia can announce and launch whatever they want -- doesn't matter until the supply chain is fixed.

    saunupe1911 said:
    Thank god for EVGA...forever loyal to that company. Most fair system of purchasing GPUs in the business!
    Disagree. EVGA is dumping too many of their products on Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy, and other sites. EVGA isn't prioritizing the notify queue, which has led to completely ridiculous waits. Being on a waitlist for 6+ months is not acceptable when the same product randomly gets dumped on Amazon long enough for stock tracker bots to flag the drop, but not long enough for a customer to check out. I'm tired of waiting.
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  • blacknemesist
    bigdragon said:
    Disagree. EVGA is dumping too many of their products on Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy, and other sites. EVGA isn't prioritizing the notify queue, which has led to completely ridiculous waits. Being on a waitlist for 6+ months is not acceptable when the same product randomly gets dumped on Amazon long enough for stock tracker bots to flag the drop, but not long enough for a customer to check out. I'm tired of waiting.
    Can't really agree but it is odd that whenever there are cards they are either on retailers for ridiculous prices or on other platform, again, for ridiculous prizes. Meanwhile, according to the european spreadsheet, there is a delay of about 5 months just for the 3090 ftw 3 ultra, can't say much for the rest of the models but the sheet is public so check it out.

    As long as there is mining and Nvidia releases mining GPUs that have a terrible hash mining capability per dollar they will come for the gaming gpus. They apparently are done with the 3090 and 3080 because of prices, 3090 availability dropped alot, so I am guess all the chips are going into 3060s and 3070s that still have a price margin to make profit of. After that even mining stops consuming until new cards are out or prices drop which means no GPUs for gamers.

    Just give them their goddamn mining gpus so we can coexist you green greedy idiots!
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