Nvidia is reportedly started to discontinue its Turning graphics card to make space for the upcoming RTX 30 series which uses the ‘Ampere’ GPUs. This apparently includes the RTX 2070, RTX 2070 Super, RTX 2080 Super and the RTX 2080 Ti. Nvidia isn’t confirming it officially, but it isn’t either. It shouldn’t be surprising in any case that eventually Nvidia will have to make room for the upcoming RTX 30 series graphics cards. What matters is when as it helps to have a ballpark time frame about its release.
Who will be making them- Samsung or TSMC
This also becomes important to reduce the orders with the TSMC for the upcoming architecture. The TSMC has been preoccupied with making chips for AMD followed by multiple other vendors. There were also reports of Samsung will get a bigger order from Nvidia compared to before, perhaps including more than entry-level variants to manufacture. That would result in 8nm over TSMC’s 7nm process. But that’s something we’ll have to wait and watch.
Is price gouging imminent?
Even with these chips being discontinued, a lot of manufacturers should have a decent amount of stock available. That said, due to the COVID-19 situation, it is uncertain to say how and where the prices will be affected. Price gouging these times are vicious, as I’ve talked about with webcams. That seems to be the claim the source is also making, but the pricing will apparently be increased by its partners at Nvidia’s when this month started. Nvidia allegedly said this is due to the increase in demand of those RTX 20 series graphics cards for cryptocurrency, and the scarcity of availability. More even with the discontinuation. It is hard to say which part of this can be accurate and which part of it is over-exaggerated. So, take it with a bag full of salt.
Nvidia’s upcoming plans…
It is safe to conclude that Nvidia’s plans for Ampere graphics cards are on schedule. Most likely, the new RTX 30 series will be starting to launch from August onwards. It is likely to start with RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3080. It is also speculated that Nvidia will make the announcement on September 17th. Earlier, Nvidia didn’t have one RTX capable graphics card at the time of launch, let alone multiple. But many things have progressed since then. It should be interesting to see which upcoming RTX game will be featured/ promoted with RTX 30 series if any. But unlike the last time, there are some pretty good titles with DirectX Ray Tracing enabled.