At this point, Nvidia has surely reached the end of the Pascal life-cycle with no additional launches planned. While many of us were expecting Volta to feature in the next generation of GeForce graphics cards, a report back in November said otherwise, claiming that ‘Ampere’ would be Nvidia’s next generation architecture for gaming GPUs. Now, rumors around Ampere are starting to pick up pace, with a report claiming that we’ll see the first Ampere graphics cards in April.
According to sources speaking with the German website 3DCenter, Nvidia will apparently replace the GP102 chip this year with the GA104 GPU, the first of the Ampere generation. The crux of the rumor is that we’ll see Ampere at either GDC in mid-March or GTC in late March, followed by a proper release in April, almost two years after Pascal first debuted on the market.
The rumored release schedule is GA104 for the GTX 2080 and 2070 in April, followed by the GA106 for the GTX 2060 in the Summer. Then at some point in early 2019, the GA102 will surface for a new Titan card and/or the GTX 20180Ti.
In case you weren’t keeping count of the number of times the word ‘rumor’ is mentioned in this article, none of this information is confirmed. We also don’t have a clear, reputable source backing up this information, just whispers coming out of Germany, so don’t jump on the hype train just yet.
KitGuru Says: Buying a graphics card for gaming is harder than ever at the moment, particularly with retailers starting to sell GPUs in six-pack bundles for miners. Hopefully some fresh launches later this year will help return things to normal. The rumor is April, so if that turns out to be true, we will hopefully see some proper leaks in the weeks to come.