Nvidia RTX 5000 series GPUs to use TSMC 3nm

Reputable leaker kopite7kimi is back with another round of RTX 50 rumors, this time regarding DisplayPort 2.1 support and manufacturing process.

Nvidia 3nm tech

We’re steadily learning more about the Nvidia 5000 series GPUs – codenamed Blackwell – and more rumors have surfaced regarding its manufacturing process. According to X/Twitter user kopite7kimi, the Blackwell cards will use the TSMC 3nm process, the most advanced currently available on the market following the start of its high-volume production in 2022.

Despite being unconfirmed, the move to 3nm isn’t one that would be a major surprise. Multiple tech companies are set to adopt it in future products including Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm. Indeed its use would seem like the only option for Nvidia to have a chance of maintaining its dominance in our and any other best graphics card list.

Initial rumblings about Nvidia adopting 3nm also go back a few months, but the reliability that kopite7kimi brings goes a long way to being just short of confirmation.

The exchange in question that suggests 3nm is on the way, comes from a user by the name of @MCH2024 replying “do you know the process node” to a tweet about adjusting evaluations for the RTX 5090/5080. As they often do, kopite7kimi kept their response short, simply sending back “TSMC3”.

Nvidia RTX 5000 series GPUs to use TSMC 3nm

While the Nvidia 50-series release date is still unknown – although heavily rumored to be late 2024 or early 2025 – we also know that it is now likely to support Display Port 2.1 as well, something that AMD has  long supported in its RX 7000 series cards, such as the RX 7800 XT.

We may be waiting a while for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 50-series cards, but we won’t have to wait too long for the long-awaited RTX 4080 Super, set to be revealed during a special CES address.

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