The Nvidia RTX 4000 series is reportedly designed on the TSMC N5 Node

Nvidia is reportedly planning to introduce two new GPU architectures for its range of RTX 4000 series cards. By making use of TSMC’s N5 process technology, these new architectures will create significant performance enhancements compared to the current node used for the RTX 3000 series. This report is coming from DigiTimes.

Nvidia is using Samsung’s 8LPP manufacturing process to make its RTX 3000 Series GPUs. The Ampere architecture also already makes use of TSMC’s capabilities with the N7 node to produce the high-performance GA100 GPU for professional applications. But now Nvidia has reportedly decided to use TSMC’s N5 process technology for its range of RTX 4000 series cards, cutting out Samsung’s role in the manufacturing process.

In terms of logistics and partner agreements, it makes sense for Nvidia to streamline production of its next GPU lineup somewhat. The dual foundry approach to gaming and professional lineups makes sense for the company in theory, but there have been concerns about Samsung’s ability to deliver sufficient yield in sufficient volume on its own advanced nodes for future generations of GPUs. With this in mind and the documented track record for TSMC’s N5 node, this report sounds more than credible. Nvidia has also previously worked extensively with TSMC to produce previous generations of GPUs.

As for the new architectures, Lovelace and Hopper will be designed to appeal to all corners of the market. Lovelace will be used for GPUs aimed at gaming, while Hopper will be the architecture used for data centers and other tasks besides gaming.

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Prepare for some serious power

Making use of TSMC’s N5 process is promising for the RTX 4000 series of GPUs. The performance here should be really impressive for both the Lovelace and Hopper architectures. But especially for Lovelace, the N5 node would provide a level of performance unmatched by the GeForce RTX 3000 series, meaning it could provide equal power for high-end PC gaming. According to this information, Hopper will also benefit from TSMC’s CoWoS packaging technology. While all of this remains a rumor for now, this is still some very exciting information.

There’s nothing to say about when the Nvidia RTX 4000 Series will be officially unveiled yet. With the arrival of both the RTX 3090 Ti and 3070 16 GB on the horizon, it is unlikely that we will soon see the 4000 series. There may be some chance of seeing these GPUs by the end of 2022, but so far it will be an anxious wait.

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