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The Korea Economic Daily has learned that Samsung has managed to win a second contract to manufacture NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards. Considering those rumors of Samsung’s 8 nm yields being worse than expected and directly contributing to the lack of stock on the market, this is a pretty surprising development, but evidently, NVIDIA wants to avoid dealing with TSMC.

“Analysts said the contract is significant in that Samsung won the deal amid market talk that Nvidia’s new GPU has been in tight supply due to unsatisfactory 8 nm process yield rates at its foundry partner Samsung, raising speculation that the US company may award the contract to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the industry leader,” The Korea Economic Daily reported.

“Industry officials said Nvidia has favored Samsung over TSMC in consideration of Samsung’s technology and the need for quick delivery of the chips. The RTX3080, priced at $699, the same as its previous model, has been in high demand because of its faster data processing speed.”

There’s an implication here that Samsung’s 8 nm process is equally as good as TSMC’s 7 nm, but we’re guessing that NVIDIA’s decision to stick with the Korean giant has more to do with availability. Luckily, rumors suggest that NVIDIA has already pre-booked TSMC’s 5 nm production capacity for what is believed to be the GeForce RTX 4000 Series.

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7 Comments

  1. Not like you can just jump from Samsung to TSMC without doing a lot of work… so yeah, of course they renewed the contract. It was either that, or they would just stop making this version (which would come as an announcement of new Ti editions or 4K cards rolled out on some other Foundry/Process node).

  2. I’d love to know how many cards have been shipped from both companies.

    All I have to go off of is –

    3dmark has duplicate submissions and not everyone uses it but Time Spy

    over 230,000 submissions for 3080s

    over 115,000 for 3090s

    over 75,000 3070s

    over 12,000 3060 Tis

    vs

    over 9,000 6800XTs

    over 6,500 6800s

    over 1,600 6900XTs

  3. [QUOTE] but evidently, NVIDIA wants to avoid dealing with [URL=’https://www.thefpsreview.com/tag/tsmc/’]TSMC[/URL]. [/QUOTE]

    Yup, so much that TSMC builds the A100 chips… :unsure: :unsure: :rolleyes::rolleyes:

  4. [QUOTE=”Stoly, post: 25759, member: 1474″]
    Yup, so much that TSMC builds the A100 chips… :unsure: :unsure: :rolleyes::rolleyes:
    [/QUOTE]
    It’s probably a capacity issue. Look at how much worse stock is faring with the Big Navi cards compared to gaming Ampere.

  5. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 25769, member: 180″]
    It’s probably a capacity issue. Look at how much worse stock is faring with the Big Navi cards compared to gaming Ampere.
    [/QUOTE]
    Actually I can’t say which one is worse. You can’t get ANY ampere or big navi card, much less for retaiil

  6. Hopefully this contract includes a production rate ramp up and more throughput while demand is not being met.

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