NVIDIA RTX 40-series graphics cards arriving in 2022, says report

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (Image credit: 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.

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  • I am still waiting for the 30 series to arrive!
  • Same here, I've signed up for FE card from official Nvidia India partner. Probably will get it before Q2'22.
  • This is why I haven't been trying to get a 30-series. I figured by the time the chip shortage was [mostly] resolved there would be a new series on the verge of release. Really looking forward to seeing benchmarks. I doubt it'll be as significant of a jump as it was from the 20-series to the 30-series, but I'm sure it'll still be a worthwhile performance bump. Fingers crossed that more countries take China's approach to crypto currencies and render mining irrelevant to further alleviate the GPU shortage.
  • I'm hoping for pushing good performance with ray tracing down to cheaper cards and beginning to eliminate the need for the graphic hacks developers use to achieve similar visual effects. This in turn will massively simplify the graphics effort in game development and enable great lighting effects on all games, even indies. I think one of the reasons people don't appreciate ray tracing enough is because developers have done such a great job faking it. But that work is massive and hugely time consuming. Every scene requires manual effort for that to work, making it especially challenging for open world games (Cyberpunk 2077 is amazing in this regard). With ray tracing handed off to the hardware in real time, that all goes away.