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Report: 20nm Nvidia Maxwell Possibly Delayed

Nvidia's 28 nm GTX 750 Ti is built with Maxwell Architecture

The Swedish website Sweclockers.com has posted a report that could disappoint, namely that the 20 nm Maxwell-based graphics cards have been delayed.

All of the current generation graphics cards are built on the 28 nm lithography process. The report states that TSMC is not yet ready for full-scale 20 nm GPU production. According to the report, the delay is set to last until the beginning of 2015, though it doesn't rule out that we might be seeing the first 20 nm graphics cards before the end of the year.

That said, there are already graphics cards out with the Maxwell architecture – the GTX 750 and the GTX 750 Ti. These cards are still built on the 28 nm production process though, which is likely why Nvidia has branded them under the 700 series of products.

For now, this is the first instance where we've heard of this specific delay, and we haven't seen it go around much yet, so it might just be hogwash. Oh, and the report was published on March 31, so no need to point out that it might be an April Fools' joke – sorry guys.

Nvidia stuck to its policy of not commenting on rumors or unannounced products.

Niels Broekhuijsen
Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware news on all components and peripherals.
  • chuckydb
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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  • toddybody
    Doesnt seem goofy enough to be an April Fools joke, unfortunately:(I was really hoping to use "Step Up" to grab 20nm 880's...
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  • Shankovich
    Hasn't TSMC been the reason AMD and nVidia have taken so long to move to 20nm?
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  • renz496
    isn't that many people already expecting this to happen?
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  • timaahhh
    TSMC has been the reason behind a lot of delays.... It seems if manufactures want stuff to get done more on time they should stop outsourcing such a critical component of the process and do it in house.
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  • pills161
    If true then I'm glad I went for the 670>780 upgrade now instead of waiting for Maxwell thinking it would be out in the next couple months.
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  • jimmysmitty
    13010147 said:
    Hasn't TSMC been the reason AMD and nVidia have taken so long to move to 20nm?

    Yes as they are the FAB that both go through. With how large the GPUs are becoming these days as well, the yields are probably lower than expected, as normally is with new process technology.

    13010239 said:
    TSMC has been the reason behind a lot of delays.... It seems if manufactures want stuff to get done more on time they should stop outsourcing such a critical component of the process and do it in house.

    You do realize that it is a ton cheaper to go through a third party than to do it themselves, right? Look at 14nm. Intel built a new FAB and it cost $5 billion just to build it. Add in the costs for R&D and what TSMC charges is probably a fraction of that.

    As well, who is to say that AMD or NVidia would do any better? They would run into yield issues as well since even Intel runs into it and they are considered the best in the business.
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  • CaedenV
    Very disapointing. I am saving my pennies for a nice fat GTX870 to upgrade my GTX570. Truth be told the processing power of my current card is fine, but the lack of ram is killing me on a few games at high settings (or mods). The hope was to upgrade the GPU this year, and get a higher resolution monitor next year... gotta space purchases out in order to appease the holder of the purse strings you know :DAt any rate, maybe AMD's GPU prices will come down and they will release the rumored GDDR6 products this year. I have been a long standing nVidia fan, but if they have the right product at the right time then I would give them a spin for a generation.
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  • dragonfang18
    I was hoping this was an april fools joke. The only source is Sweclockers.com
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  • coolitic
    still probably april fools joke. early.
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