Nvidia launched the GTX 1080 Ti back in 2017. Now, the company is set to launch its Ampere architecture and GeForce RTX 3000 series graphic cards. However, the launch has been delayed due to coronavirus.
Initially, the company was set to launch Ampere, which is going to move to a new 7nm process and will deliver around 75% performance in comparison to the current 12nm Turing architecture, at its GTC conference in March. However, the company canceled the show entirely due to coronavirus.
Tweakdown has reported that now Nvidia has plans to start the Ampere GPU architecture in August this year. Moreover, the company has planned the newly-rescheduled Computex conference for September.
According to the report, this architecture will debut along with the higher-end Quadro RTX offerings. Moreover, the previous rumors have suggested that Ampere would also compose of Nvidia’s data center focused Tesla cards.
Although it’s bad news for gamers, it isn’t surprising at all. Nvidia mostly releases graphics architecture for data centers and professionals first before the consumer-facing architecture behind GeForce.
Tweakdown has mentioned that after the business-centric launch, Nvidia is going to launch its consumer-facing GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics card at the end of the year. According to the report, Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080 will arrive based on the new Ampere GPU architecture. Moreover, it will feature “amazing performance improvements and power efficiency.”
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is going to be 40% faster than the previous one. The company will also launch it at the end of 2020. It will feature 5376 CUDA Cores, a 12GB of VRAM, and a 384-bit memory bus.
Although the COVID-19 has delayed the launch for 2020, it hasn’t affected the company financially at all. In fact, a report from Bloomberg states that the company has seen a 50% increase in the total gaming hours because many workers and students were staying at home.
The company’s data center business had almost a third of revenue in the previous year. Moreover, the company’s revenues are also increasing because most people are working from home. The report also mentions that the timing of Ampere GPUs may not have changed. It states that new products always remain on track and will contribute revenue in the next quarter.