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NVIDIA might launch Hopper GPU instead of Ada Lovelace to beat RDNA 3

NVIDIA could skip the Ada Lovelace GPU architecture for Hopper, to better fight AMD's next-gen RDNA 3 architecture coming soon.

@anthony256
Published Sat, Jul 24 2021 7:42 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Aug 23 2021 7:42 PM CDT

What a way to experience the weekend -- super juicy GPU rumors of NVIDIA and AMD's next-gen Ada Lovelace, Hopper, and RDNA 3 architectures. We have some more news on NVIDIA... big news...

According to leaker Kopite7kimi, NVIDIA can't reach a point with its monolithic design on Ada Lovelace to beat AMD's next-gen RDNA 3 architecture then the company will deploy the Hopper GPU architecture. We could see the flagship GH202-based GPU powering the next-gen GeForce RTX 4080, RTX 4080 Ti, or RTX 4090.

This would be above the AD102 GPU, which is the Ada Lovelace architecture -- expected to power the GeForce RTX 40 series. NVIDIA's next-gen Ada Lovelace GPU architecture was recently rumored to be powering Nintendo's next-gen Super Switch console, but we'll have to wait and see for that in the coming months and more so into 2022.

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First off if you don't know what I'm talking about above with the "monolithic" GPU... that's a monolithic -- as in single, large GPU. This is versus the Multi-Chip Module (MCM) design that NVIDIA's new Hopper GPU architecture will use, similar to AMD's chiplet technology inside of their Zen CPU architecture (Ryzen, Threadripper, EPYC).

AMD is gearing up for a huge improvement with its next-gen RDNA 3 architecture, so much so that AMD might win in rasterization performance. If this is the case, then NVIDIA might need to dump Hopper out into the market if the monolithic approach with Ada Lovelace isn't good enough.

The next 12-18 months (and beyond) in the GPU market are going to be real fun, and we're not even talking about Intel entering the game.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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