NVIDIA has finished finalizing its next-generation graphics card lineup, according to industry insiders.

The upcoming NVIDIA GeForce cards, codenamed "Lovelace" and assumed to be called the RTX 40 series, are now slated for a possible late 2022 release, writes TechRadar. Leaker Greymon broke the news out on Twitter, saying that the new cards from Team Green are also going to be on a 5nm node:

Greymon said that the hardware has already been finalized in a reply tweet, answering a rumor that alleged NVIDIA will be skipping the generation if competing RDNA3 cards from AMD prove to be good. Furthermore, another Twitter user with the handle 3DCenter.org said that the generation can't be skipped and must be released at a certain point, for very valid reasons: 

It's worth noting that the rumor mill has been abuzz with Team Green skipping the RTX 40 series because they might be scared that AMD could do something extremely good with RDNA3. According to VideoCardz, prominent NVIDIA leaker kopite7kimi said that the company has been mulling on doing something reactionary after the imminent launch of next-gen competition from AMD Radeon.

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NVIDIA 'Lovelace' GPUs: What Are the Specs?

So far, however, there's still no concrete news about the specs of the new NVIDIA GeForce cards yet. But numerous speculations abound, and they look promising from a hardware standpoint.

WCCFTech reports that the RTX 40 series will pack its flagship AD102 die with a total of 18,432 CUDA cores within 144 SM units. Compared to the performance of the current generation's flagship RTX 3090, the "Lovelace" GPUs could be around 2 to 2.5x faster than the top-end.

Aside from the CUDA core count, there's not much new information concerning the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce cards. For now, Team Green seems to want to pursue an RTX 30 "refresh" by releasing the 3080 Super and 3070 Super, which is something they already did with their previous-generation "Turing" series.

AMD Radeon Proving To Be Too Much Trouble?

The 2-2.5x performance uplift, however, would pale in comparison to rumors regarding AMD's planned performance jump from RDNA2 to RDNA3. Team Red seems to be looking for as much as a 3x performance uplift with their next-generation cards after their RX 6000 series fell just a little bit short compared to RTX 30.

Because of this, some leakers are saying that NVIDIA might switch from "Lovelace" to "Hopper' GPU dies, depending on how good the RDNA3 cards perform. That's because Team Red plans to use a different architecture this time around, which they call MCM or Multi-Chip Module. Instead of using a single-chip (monolithic) design, the next-gen Radeon cards could feature a chipset.

However, are these cards still going to be heavily affected by supply issues and inflated pricing? Well, if the claims of TSMC (NVIDIA and AMD's main chipmaker), then that could very well be the case. The chip shortage might be easing up slightly, but industry projections are still not good enough.

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