Skip to main content

Next-gen Nvidia GPUs may have AMD beat in one key way

Nvidia is said to be switching to TSMC’s 4N process node for its next-gen GeForce RTX 40-series graphics cards, according to a new report.

Moore’s Law Is Dead, a technology insider who has extensively reported on next-gen Nvidia and AMD GPUs, stated that “Lovelace is indeed 4nm!”

Graphics card inside the Maingear Vybe.
Jacob Roach / Digital Trends

As reported by Wccftech, previous rumors indicated that Team Green would make use of TSMC’s 5nm process node, while the actual node itself will reportedly be based on the 4N process. For reference, TSMC 4N is effectively an enhanced version of the N5 (5nm) node.

With this in mind, it seems Moore’s Law Is Dead simply may have made a typo by failing to omit the “m” in his tweet. After all, Nvidia is apparently spending as much as $10 billion for its TSMC 5nm chips order.

If the aforementioned report ultimately turns out to be correct, then Nvidia’s RTX 40 boards could theoretically have an advantage over AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX 7000 GPUs, at least where process nodes are concerned.

Wccftech highlights the fact that by using 4N, Nvidia has chosen a process node that has been specifically tailored for Team Green. The benefits include improved power efficiency, the obvious jump in performance, as well as a slight density increase when compared to TSMC’s standard 5nm node.

TSMC’s 4N process node is also used by Nvidia’s data center Hopper GPUs. So why is the company using technology that has typically been reserved for other computing areas as opposed to the consumer video card market? Wccftech attributes it to the speculation surrounding RTX 40-series’ power requirements, which means the 4N process will allow Nvidia to further optimize these boards as opposed to relying on the 5nm and 6nm process nodes.

Incidentally, an earlier leak seemingly confirmed that AMD’s RX 7000 series may feature those two separate processes (TSMC 5nm and 6nm). As a result, Team Red’s next-gen GPUs could implement a multi-chip module (MCM) design.

It should be highlighted that MCM Ryzen processors ushered in a new era of innovative products in the CPU industry.

Although different from the 4N process in terms of optimization, if the 5nm and 6nm process nodes are indeed AMD’s choice, then its RDNA 3 GPUs could outperform Nvidia’s Ada boards in power efficiency.

Nvidia vs. AMD

To this end, Wccftech states that Nvidia GPUs will have a node advantage over AMD, while the latter could have the upper hand in the GPU design area.

We’ve already heard that RX 7000 graphics cards “will decimate Nvidia in efficiency across the entire lineup,” as well as the possibility of the performance upgrade for RDNA 3 possibly being higher than that of Nvidia’s Ada GPUs.

In any case, the battle of the next-gen GPU market is certainly shaping up to be an interesting one between the two technology giants. This is a golden opportunity for AMD to overtake Nvidia as the leading GPU manufacturer, but only time will tell which firm comes out on top.

Elsewhere, although next-gen RDNA 3 Navi 33 cards are expected to sport eight PCIE 5.0 lanes, Moore’s Law Is Dead hinted at the possibility of Nvidia completely forgoing PCIe 5th-gen compatibility for its RTX 40 GPUs.

As spotted by VideoCardz, the insider pointed toward a tweet from another well-known tipster, who has a noteworthy track record in terms of Nvidia hardware leaks; Kopite7Kimi outright said that Team Green has apparently opted to stick with PCIe Gen4.

PCIe 5.0 is a relatively new standard, and thus hasn’t been widely adopted yet by the technology industry, so the revelation doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. It’ll also naturally increase the costs for Nvidia. Furthermore, PCIe 4.0 is more than capable of providing enough juice for upcoming GPUs.

By and large, gamers won’t necessarily miss out on much if Nvidia’s RTX 40 cards don’t come with PCIe Gen5 support.

The flagship model of the RTX 40 lineup, the RTX 4090, has reportedly already entered its testing phase. A launch is currently scheduled for September 2022, according to reports. AMD RX 7000 boards, meanwhile, could hit the market soon after with rumors suggesting a fourth-quarter launch window.

Editors' Recommendations

Zak Islam
Computing Writer
Zak Islam was a freelance writer at Digital Trends covering the latest news in the technology world, particularly the…
5 ways Nvidia graphics cards still beat AMD
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 GPU.

The never-ending debate of AMD versus Nvidia has never been more of a close call than it is right now. With both manufacturers putting out some of the best graphics cards on the market, it's hard to decide whether Team Red or Team Green is superior right now. It's all about choosing what's important to you and weighing it against what else is on the table.

Regardless of personal preference, there are a few things that Nvidia still does better, and that's despite the fact that AMD has caught up a lot in recent years. Here are some of the reasons why Nvidia still maintains a commanding lead over AMD in many ways.

Read more
Acer’s new gaming laptop bring Nvidia RTX 40-series GPUs under $1,000
Two Acer gaming laptops over a dark blue background.

You can find Nvidia's RTX 40-series graphics cards in some of the best gaming laptops, but the downside is that they're all expensive, if not overpriced. Previously, that meant you'd be forced to choose between getting something affordable or getting access to Nvidia's GPU cheat code -- DLSS 3. Now, there's finally some hope on the horizon, as Acer is launching a budget-friendly laptop that can still run modern games. We're talking about the Acer Nitro V 15.

The new laptop will be available in a few different configurations, each equipped with Intel's latest 13th-Gen CPUs, including either Core i5 or Core i7 models. All of them also come with a 15.6-inch 144Hz display. While every configuration also features a Nvidia graphics card, not all of those GPUs are equally thrilling. The cheapest model, priced at $700, features a Core i5-13420H CPU and an RTX 2050 GPU. This comes paired with just 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

Read more
Nvidia’s DLSS 3.5 update is what ray tracing always wanted to be
Reflections on the street in Cyberpunk 2077.

Nvidia's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) is getting a huge boost. The new DLSS 3.5 update adds a feature called Ray Reconstruction to the suite, and it promises to make ray tracing more realistic than ever before. I've tested it, and Nvidia was telling the truth.

Ray Reconstruction brings ray tracing to new heights of realism, and it's a fantastic addition to the DLSS suite. Even better, it works across all RTX graphics cards, unlike Nvidia's DLSS Frame Generation. However, there could be a problem with support as we see more games release with the feature. Ray Reconstruction may work with any RTX GPU, but it could be a feature that's only realistic for intensive ray tracing that requires one of the latest and greatest GPUs.
What ray tracing should be

Read more