Igor Wallossek from Igor’s Lab has once again leaked another marketing material from his sources regarding the next-gen Ampere lineup of cards.
Igor’s lab predicts that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series might launch in September. According to the data provided, NVIDIA is currently evaluating the design of its high-end RTX Ampere series. The decision as to which design will end up in the actual “final” product will be made in July, during the Design Validation Test.
Igor reports that the Ampere GeForce RTX 30 series is currently going through the DVT phase which is a ‘design validation test’. He has given a full estimation of the timeframe and launch window of Nvidia’s next-gen Ampere graphics cards.
As we can see, the DVT phase is followed by the WS (Working Sample) phase, which means we might see some early performance leaks, most probably in mid or end of July, based on Igor’s timeframe.
The final BIOS for these GPUs won’t be available till the beginning of August, so any early benchmark leaks and performance won’t actually reflect the final product’s graphics performance scores.
The mass production of the RTX 30 series of cards will begin in August. According to Igor, Nvidia will also host a media event for its next-generation Ampere GPU launch in September, and will provide us with some first benchmarks. This means we can expect some early performance reviews by September 2020 at the earliest. Based on this timeframe, we estimate the RTX 3000 series to launch around September, more specifically the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SKU variants.