Ray-tracing performance, additional VRAM for each model, boosted rasterization capabilities, and slightly higher clock speeds are a number of improvements that have been linked to Nvidia’s upcoming codenamed Ampere GPUs.
What Is Codename Ampere?
Codename Ampere refers to the next line of Nvidia GPUs that are expected to launch around the first half of 2020. There isn’t a lot of information available at the moment, other than the fact that they will be using GeForce RTX architecture and making the leap to 7nm.
A number of leaks have arisen from attendees of Nvidia’s latest AIB partner briefings. They have stated that we can expect “massive” performance gains, increased VRAM capacity, higher clocks, and lower TDPs and voltages. Apparently, this comes at the expense of a limited overclocking potential.
Improvements From The RTX 2000 Series
Ray tracing capabilities are an aspect of the RTX 2000 series that didn’t quite match up to expectations with complaints that these capabilities were not optimized enough. If these leaks are to be believed, Nvidia has taken steps to improve the Ampere GPU ray tracing performance by using more RT cores with higher clock rates as well as improved rasterization technology.
WCCFTech’s sources also claim that the new Ampere GPUs will feature more VRAM across their models along with increased core clocks by up to 100-200 MHz. With TDPs being lowered as the result of a jump to the new 7nm process, so will voltages. The downside of this is that it may lead to the overclocking ability being lowered.
With the increase of performance looking especially exciting, as well as an improved ray tracing capability, we’re looking forward to more news concerning these new GPUs.
Let us know what you think, do you believe the more constricted overclocking will be a turn off for some consumers? Let us know in the comments below. As always, we’ll keep you updated with any news.