With the expected launch of NVIDIA’s new Ampere GeForce RTX 3000-series gaming GPUs just around the corner, a freshly-unearthed board design certification filed today with the Korean National Radio Research Agency implies the GPU giant is putting the final touches on the cards.
The certification concerns a board design designated as PG133A, a name we’ve already seen on multiple occasions courtesy of previous leaks, notably earmarked as the PCB for the GA102 GPU, which is expected to feature in several Ampere variants, albeit with variations in memory capacity and power stages. In particular, the PG133A PCB is said to feature on the Founders Edition GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 GPUs, including the leaked design with the novel cooling solution that spotted previously.
As for the details of the certification request, it’s been submitted by NVIDIA Corporation and classified as a PCIe Graphics Card for manufacture in China. This type of certification generally represents one of the final steps before a manufacturer pushes a product to market, implying the Ampere launch is tantalizingly close.
Indeed, NVIDIA’s ’21 days, 21 years’ Ultimate Countdown, which ends on August 31st, is widely slated to culminate in the company unveiling the Ampere gaming GPUs, followed by a full launch and market availability sometime next month. This new certification request certainly bolsters the speculation that this is indeed the case.
NVIDIA remains tight-lipped about precisely what the countdown tease will lead to, offering a suitably vague marketing blurb, which reads:
“21 days. 21 years. Before we enter the future, join us to celebrate the biggest breakthroughs in PC gaming since 1999. And what comes next.”
As far as seismic breakthroughs warranting such a drawn-out teaser (and the explosion of cosmic proportions used to launch the countdown), Ampere is top of the list. We’d be astonished if NVIDIA showcased anything other than its upcoming gaming GPUs.