RTX 4000 GPU Manufacturing Is Apparently About To Start

Reports suggest that Nvidia's new RTX 4000 series is about to start production, despite ongoing shortages of the current RTX 3000 series

Published: November 30, 2021 8:59 AM /


A chip meant to represent the Nvidia RTX 4000 series (although of course we don't know what it looks like yet)

Reports suggest that the Nvidia Geforce RTX 4000 series could be about to start production. Despite widespread graphics card shortages, factories are apparently getting ready to manufacture a new flagship range of Nvidia's GPUs.

What do the new leaks say about the RTX 4000 series?

This news comes to us via DigiTimes, an Asian tech platform (with additional reporting by PCGamesN). According to the report, factories in Taiwan are "going all-out" on manufacturing the new RTX 4000 series graphics cards, which will sport 5nm architecture. Previous leaks have also suggested a 2022 release for the new RTX 40 cards, which would be supported by this report. Nvidia hasn't announced anything concrete yet, of course, and we don't yet have any idea of when the RTX 4000 series will arrive, but the evidence is piling up.

The RTX 3080 Ti, Nvidia's current flagship graphics card
The RTX 4000 series will supposedly arrive alongside a refresh of Nvidia's current RTX 3000 range.

There are also rumors that an RTX 3000 series refresh, which will update the current flagship cards with more VRAM, is coming. Leaker hongxing2020 tweeted information to this effect earlier this month; supposedly, new RTX 3070 and 3080 models are coming, sporting 16GB and 12GB of VRAM respectively. According to hongxing2020, the updated 2060 and 3070 Ti will arrive in December, while the new RTX 3080 is coming early next year. This could set these cards up as more budget-friendly options for consumers who don't want to shell out for the incoming RTX 4000 series, which is likely to set you back a pretty penny.

What are we expecting from the RTX 4000 cards?

As it stands, we don't have a lot of information regarding the RTX 4000 series cards. Rumors suggest the new Lovelace lineup will use 5nm architecture, making it more powerful than the RTX 3000 series, which is based on 8nm architecture (in this case, the lower the better). Nvidia may wish to assuage users' potential fears that these cards will be snapped up by cryptocurrency miners, too. After halving the hash rate on its 3000 series to combat miners buying all the cards, potential customers will want reassurance that this won't simply happen again with the new range.

A shot of Minecraft using ray tracing, which will become more prevalent in the RTX 4000 series
Expect ray tracing to become even more of a central feature for the upcoming Nvidia RTX 4000 series.

Nvidia could use a couple of quick PR wins when it announces this range. Earlier this year, the company put up the subscription fee for its Geforce Now service, eliminating the Founders tier in favor of a new Priority option. The company also took a hit when Amazon's MMO New World launched, with many players complaining that the game bricked their OEM RTX 3080 cards. Granted, these cards weren't directly manufactured by Nvidia, but it's not a good look for the company nonetheless. We'll bring you more on the RTX 4000 series as soon as we get it.

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