Nvidia’s RTX 4080 is purportedly having a new spin on the GPU which could cut down the expense, but any selling price reduction will very likely be quite minimal, sadly, if it takes place at all.
Tom’s Components (opens in new tab) flagged up this rumor – and take care of it with warning, as with anything from the ever-spinning mill – that originated from HKEPC (opens in new tab) (a tech web-site in Hong Kong), proclaiming that while the current RTX 4080 graphics card is developed on the Advertisement103-300 chip, Nvidia is likely to use a a little unique GPU in the future, specifically Advertisement103-301.
There is now more proof this is really taking place, Tom’s factors out, courtesy of a graphics card maker, Galax, which underneath its RTX 4080 solution details lists the GPU as ‘AD103-300/301’.
On top of that, VideoCardz (opens in new tab), which also picked up on this, informs us that Gainward, yet another card maker, has also shown the updated GPU variant Advertisement103-301 in its product or service specs.
With two independent 3rd-get together graphics card makers mentioning this new spin on the GPU in their specs, it seems really possible this is actually going on but of training course it continues to be to be confirmed by Nvidia.
HKEPC helps make a additional declare that the inbound RTX 4070 (the vanilla model of the RTX 4070 Ti, which has just been unleashed) might also get the solution of getting two diverse chips, which in this scenario would theoretically be Advert104-250 and Advert104-251. The variance is the former supposedly employs a comparator circuit, but the latter doesn’t, and would use a various circuit board, potentially reducing the charge of earning the card.
The very same is genuine of the RTX 4080 and new Advertisement103-301, with it probably decreasing the price of creating it (the BOM or invoice of elements as it’s recognized in the field). The crucial question is, if all this pans out for each or either GPUs, how considerably less expensive may possibly the second variants actually be?
Assessment: Will this necessarily mean more cost-effective graphics playing cards – or is that a bogus hope?
HKEPC reckons that the expense hole among the intended various versions of the RTX 4070 could be as very little as $1 in phrases of the monthly bill of supplies, which is clearly a small amount, and very likely wouldn’t make a jot of variance to the price tag that the purchaser pays. A supply that VideoCardz tapped also claims that any charge variation wouldn’t be significant.
We aren’t supplied any determine for the possible variation in the price of producing the RTX 4080 variations, but the new Ad103-301 could possibly reduce the bill to a greater extent, and perhaps necessarily mean the graphics card does get more cost-effective for the buyer. On the other hand, it may well be a similarly very small reduction in the BOM, which would likely do minimal to influence the cost of the second spin on the RTX 4080.
Time will inform, but specified Nvidia’s stance on pricing with Lovelace GPUs total, it is challenging to be at all optimistic.
One more issue is presented the alter to the RTX 4080 chip, would this influence performance? The rumor mill is fairly obvious in its assertion that it wouldn’t, and the Advert103-301 chip will not be any far more performant than the current Ad103-300. That tends to make feeling as Nvidia would presumably be wary of dropping a dose of buyer’s regret on individuals who’ve by now forked out for an RTX 4080, and splashed a large wedge of income to do so.
The in general upshot of this is probably to be graphics playing cards with the very same functionality level – or so identical as to be negligible – and slight cost savings for the board makers, that very likely won’t be handed on to people. Ideally a additional favorable scenario could pan out, although, expense-smart, so keep your fingers crossed if you’re in the market for a higher-end GPU.