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Nvidia Allegedly Kills Off Four Turing Graphics Cards In Anticipation Of Ampere

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition (Image credit: Nvidia)

Chinese publication IThome reported today that Nvidia is ostensibly discontinuing the GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2070 Super, RTX 2080 Super, and RTX 2080 Ti. We've reached out to Nvidia, but the chipmaker has told us that it doesn't comment on rumors or speculation.

If we look at it objectively, it makes sense to start phasing out Turing-powered models to dedicate resources for the new and upcoming Ampere graphics cards. If Nvidia's continues to use the same development cycle for Ampere, the chipmaker should already have working samples of Ampere. And if things progress as they are, mass production would likely commence in August.

IThome's next claim is a bit controversial, though. The media alleges that Nvidia has purportedly suggested that its partners raise the prices on the aforementioned Turing graphics cards at the beginning of this month. The rumored reasons behind the chipmaker's recommendation are the rising interest in cryptocurrency mining and insufficient supply on TSMC's part. As a reminder, TSMC manufactures the Turing silicon for Nvidia on the foundry's 12nm FinFET process node. However, TSMC also has many other big-name clients, including Apple, AMD, and Qualcomm, so the foundry's services are always in high demand.

Nvidia might start gradually withdrawing the GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti graphics card from the market to make way for the next best thing. If the information is accurate, the chipmaker could announce the GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti in September, which is the rumored month for Ampere's launch. IThome thinks that the announcement will take place on September 17, but the new outlet wouldn't swear by it though.

  • Phaaze88
    Expected.
    It's only a matter of time before they increase in price.
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  • InvalidError
    Phaaze88 said:
    Expected.
    It's only a matter of time before they increase in price.
    Wish there was actual competition like there used to ~20 years ago instead of a duopoly. Hopefully we'll get some of it when Intel launches discrete Xe.
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  • Phaaze88
    InvalidError said:
    Wish there was actual competition like there used to ~20 years ago instead of a duopoly. Hopefully we'll get some of it when Intel launches discrete Xe.
    We can only hope, because right now, Navi isn't cutting it, and I don't expect Big Navi to be a game changer either.
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  • InvalidError
    Phaaze88 said:
    We can only hope, because right now, Navi isn't cutting it, and I don't expect Big Navi to be a game changer either.
    AMD said it has sorted out its Navi power-efficiency issues, though even if it has, that does nothing about soaring GPU prices.
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  • Phaaze88
    InvalidError said:
    AMD said it has sorted out its Navi power-efficiency issues, though even if it has, that does nothing about soaring GPU prices.
    Wasn't even thinking about power, but how some people still have issues with drivers - though that could just be mob mentality; you can't tell what people are doing to their PCs from the other side of a screen...
    AMD should've ironed out most of them though.
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  • geogan
    Raise prices on 20x0 cards? Are they crazy? I wouldn't buy one now if they lowered prices on them.

    And I would hate to have some 1500+ 2080Ti card right now knowing it will be worth about 500 as soon as the 30x0 series launches.

    Cue a mountain of "2080Ti for sale... only used once... only bought last week... i'm not really using it as much as i was going to... i don't game as much as i used to... won in a competition... never opened" fake adverts in next two months!
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  • SkyBill40
    Pretty sure the prices are already on the rise, albeit slowly. I expect them to pick up steam pretty quick and as the Ampere launch gets closer.
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