High-end NVIDIA RTX 40-series GPU reportedly in testing

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What you need to know

  • Testing has is said to have begun for a high-end NVIDIA RTX 40-series GPU.
  • A recent report claims that the "AD102 has started testing," though it's unclear which specific 40-series GPU is being referenced.
  • A previous info drop suggested that five RTX 40-series GPUs will be released when the line kicks off, ranging from an RTX 4050 to an RTX 4090.

NVIDIA's RTX 40-series GPUs may not be far off, based on mounting evidence. As the second half of 2022 approaches, the frequency of news surrounding the much-anticipated cards keeps spiking.

The latest information stems from a recent tweet by well-known leaker Kopite7Kimi (via Tom's Hardware). "Ignore these fanboys, let's turn our attention to GPU. AD102 has started testing," said Kopite7kimi. While it's unknown which specific graphics card the tweet is referring to, it's believed to be one of NVIDIA's upcoming high-end 40-series GPUs.

Experts expect the RTX 40-series to release at some point this year, likely in the fall. "Ada Lovelace" is said to be the name of NVIDIA's next-gen GPU architecture. Assuming reports and rumors are correct, the RTX 40-series GPUs should be among the best graphics cards on the market.

Source: Kopite7kimi via Twitter (Image credit: Source: Kopite7kimi via Twitter)

The RTX 40-series GPUs will be made with TSMC's 5-nanometer process, based on previous reports. Moving to the 5nm process, as well as other changes, should enable NVIDIA to produce a stronger lineup better equipped to deal with the current market than what the RTX 30-series graphics cards managed.

NVIDIA has not confirmed that it will release RTX 40-series GPUs this year, but today's news is just the latest in a long string of breadcrumbs. A software leak from March 2022 hinted that five RTX 40-series GPUs were on the way, which will range from an RTX 4050 to an RTX 4090.

Generally, NVIDIA releases a major generation of graphics cards every two years, so the company is due for a jump from its 30-series GPUs.

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