NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080Source: Harish Jonnalagadda / Windows Central

What you need to know

  • Many consumers have had an extraordinarily hard time getting an NVIDIA RTX 30-series GPU at MSRP over the course of 2020 and 2021 due to the global chip shortage.
  • According to a report, the chip shortage will not be stopping NVIDIA from forging ahead with its 2022 RTX 40-series release plans.
  • Said report reiterates earlier claims that NVIDIA will be in a better position to actualize its plans as a result of its contracting TSMC as opposed to Samsung.

Though the global chip shortage persists, a new report indicates that won't be stopping NVIDIA from powering forward with its 2022 launch of the GeForce RTX 40-series graphics cards. Even with the best graphics cards nowhere to be found in 2021, it seems the company is confident its shift from Samsung to TSMC will solve a chunk of the problems when it comes to keeping up with demand.

A previous report indicated that a trifecta of circumstances would lead to consumer semiconductor concerns being eliminated in the latter half of 2022 (or, if not entirely eliminated, then greatly reduced). One of said circumstances was NVIDIA contracting TSMC for its 5nm capabilities, moving away from Samsung's less capable setup.

Now, DigiTimes' latest scoop claims that this change will indeed facilitate the anticipated 2022 launch of NVIDIA's next wave of GPUs (via WCCF Tech). They will be RTX 40-series cards based on Ada Lovelace architecture.

There's a lot of time between now and whatever period in mid-to-late 2022 NVIDIA aims to release the cards, so anything can happen. Should the global semiconductor crisis ⁠— which greatly affects data-processing technology ⁠— persist in the face of evolving coronavirus threats, these reported plans may very well see alterations.