Nvidia has revealed that its next-generation ‘Ada Lovelace Next’ graphics architecture will launch in 2025, quashing widespread assumptions that the Ada Lovelace architecture replacement would launch a year earlier, in 2024. The news comes via a recent presentation Nvidia gave at an MLCommons training result showcase where it revealed a roadmap showing various upcoming Nvidia products, including GPUs, CPUs, and Superchips.
We’ve generally seen a roughly two-year cadence between Nvidia GPU architecture launches in recent times, with the Turing architecture of the RTX 2000 series cards launching in 2018, the Ampere architecture of the RTX 3080 et al launching in 2020, and the current-generation Ada Lovelace launching in 2022. If ‘Ada Lovelace Next’ is pushed back until 2025 it would be the first break in this cycle for some time.
That said, looking in more detail at those past release dates shows that while the years seem to hit a steady two-year cadence, the months within those years vary considerably, leading to gaps that vary from 20 to 29 months between each launch. Moreover, a closer look at the chart Nvidia showed, and which was spotted by Hardwareluxx, suggests ‘Ada Lovelace Next’ will arrive right at the start of 2025, which could put its arrival at as little as 27 months after Ada.
Regardless, while this potentially longer wait for a new architecture is somewhat surprising and perhaps even a little disappointing, it doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t see several generations of new graphics cards in the next 18 months to two years. For a start, we will likely get a round of RTX 4000 Super cards starting to appear later this year, with us expecting to see an RTX 4090 Super (or perhaps RTX 4090 Ti) announced this year, followed by an RTX 4080 Super, RTX 4070 Super, and RTX 4060 Super announced in early 2024.
It’s also possible that a GeForce RTX 5000 range of cards will be launched using the existing Ada Lovelace architecture but with tweaked GPU designs. However, while possible, we feel this is unlikely. Instead, it’s more likely there will be further iterations of the RTX 4000 series cards, with Nvidia squeezing every last drop out of its existing GPU designs before making a big number change for its brand-new Ada Lovelace Next architecture.
Little else is known about the replacement for the current generation Ada Lovelace architecture that powers the RTX 4090, RTX 4080, RTX 4070, and RTX 4060 graphics cards, other than it’s expected to use TSMC‘s 3nm manufacturing process.
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