Despite the GPU shortage, Nvidia had a good year in 2021, releasing a variety of new desktop graphics cards and putting its 30-Series GPUs into gaming laptops. But what does Team Green have in store for 2022?
While we can't be certain, we've compiled a list of all the rumors as well as our own educated estimates about what Nvidia might be up to in the New Year, so keep reading if you're interested in finding out.
It seems like only yesterday when Nvidia announced its 30-Series desktop graphics cards, especially because getting one of the new cards has been tough due to the continuing chip scarcity. Nvidia, on the other hand, is rumored to be planning the debut of the next generation of GPUs as early as 2022.
The Ada Lovelace architecture, which is rumored to utilize TSMC's 5nm production node, will be used in the next Nvidia 40-Series graphics cards. The Nvidia RTX 4080 is likely to be the most powerful GPU in the lineup, with clock speeds of up to 2.5 GHz possible. This would replace the current RTX 3080, RTX 3080 Ti, and RTX 3090 graphics cards.
The RTX 4080 could also have 18432 CUDA Cores and between 85 and 92 TFLOPs in compute performance, according to rumors (via Wccftech). While we don't know what kind of real-time gaming performance this will yield, it could be one of the first GPU families to make 8K gaming conceivable at a reasonable frame rate.
However, don't expect these next-generation cards to hit shelves any time soon; they're more likely to arrive near the end of 2022. It’s going to take a while until you will be able to upgrade to any 40 series cards, ‘till then you can go back to games from this gen like Skyrim, online slots uk, and maybe some CS GO.
RTX 3080 Ti GPU for laptops.
There's also some good news for those who want to buy a new gaming laptop instead of upgrading their gaming PC. Nvidia is expected to unveil a new RTX 3080 Ti mobile GPU as early as January 2022 at CES.
There isn't much information about this alleged mobile GPU yet, but it could include 16GB of GDDR6 memory, which is twice as much as the RTX 3080. What type of boost in-game performance would that bring? Right now, it's difficult to say, but it'll almost probably be the most powerful laptop GPU available.
With Intel's new Alder Lake laptop processors scheduled to be unveiled around the same time, we could see some really powerful gaming laptops arrive in the first few months of 2022.
New RTX 3090 Ti graphics card, as well as updates to the 20-Series
While Nvidia is already planning for the next generation of graphics cards, it is also rumored to be working on a final big surprise for the 20-Series – and Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti card might be released early this year.
With Micron's 21Gbps GDDR6X memory and 10,752 CUDA cores, the Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti would probably become the most powerful consumer graphics card currently available, according to VideoCardz.
However, it is expected to consume 450W of power, which is a stunning 100W more than the normal RTX 3090. It's also likely to be prohibitively expensive, making it only a realistic option for people with a lot of cash and a strong desire for the best performance.
Nvidia is also rumored to be updating the RTX 3060, RTX 3070 Ti, and RTX 3080 graphics cards with more RAM, so despite the approaching debut of the 40-Series, there's certainly still life in the Ampere line.
“GeForce Now” widespread 4K support.
The GeForce Now service from Nvidia lets you play triple-A games on low-powered devices like a cheap laptop, Chromebook, or smart TV. However, unless you're using Nvidia's own Shield TV, its most premium plan is currently limited to a 1440p resolution.
Fortunately, Nvidia stated that it sees no reason why it can't increase the resolution to 4K in the future for other devices, given that each subscription already receives the performance of an Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU. The company is currently improving the server to ensure that it can easily handle 4K performance.
Nvidia hasn't stated when 4K will be available for PCs and TVs, but we're crossing our fingers that it will be before the end of 2022. If you want to make use of this technology, be sure your internet connection is fast enough to stream games through the cloud.
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