NVIDIA GeForce RTX 50 Series “Blackwell” Graphics Cards Will Reportedly Not Include an AD104 Successor at Launch

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As we approach the one-year anniversary of the launch of its RTX 40 series, more rumors continue to surface about the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 50 series. It has been all but officially announced that the next generations of GPUs will be named after American mathematician David Blackwell. The latest rumors suggest that NVIDIA is, at least for now, planning on skipping the X04 part which is usually used for its most popular segment. The leaker known as “panzerlied” on Chiphell shared that the next lineup will omit the GPU commonly used in NVIDIA’s x80, x70, and x70 Ti cards.

VideoCardz reached out to well-known, and often reliable leaker of NVIDIA information, kopite7kimi, who confirmed this as well by sharing the lineup will as follows: GB202, GB203, GB205, GB206, and GB207. Blackwell will succeed Ampere which has lasted for two generations in GeForce RTX 30 and GeForce RTX 40 series graphics cards. There has been no official word on when the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 50 series will launch but rumors hint at either Q4 24 at the earliest, a good possibility since NVIDIA has done numerous multiple launches in the last quarter following the 2nd year of a product launch, or perhaps Q1 25. At this point, the picture of the next release is beginning to take shape with various rumors in recent months.

GeForce RTX 50 series rumor breakdown:

  • Up to 2-2.6x performance uptick over the current Ada Lovelace GPUs
  • Use GDDR7 memory (Samsung and Micron are both planning to release it in 2024)
  • Some cards will possibly clock higher than 3 GHz
  • Utilize a custom TSMC 3nm node
  • New SM unit architecture
  • 512-bit memory bus for select undetermined card(s)
  • Monolithic GeForce GPUs and MCM for HPC (could change depending on the competition)
  • PCIe Gen 5

It was also recently rumored that NVIDIA could be skipping the release of a GeForce RTX 4090 Ti. However, it still remains a possibility that it might release a TiTAN Ada instead but that too might not happen if the Blackwell flagship card is as powerful as recent rumors suggest. The omission of an X04 GPU could also be the result of missed sales targets for NVIDIA’s RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 4070 Ti along with the confusing launch/un-launch of the RTX 4080 12 GB which many believed to have been renamed to the RTX 4070 Ti. It’s possible that NVIDIA is looking at a new strategy regarding its mid-to-high-end tier lineup for its next series of graphics cards.

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