NVIDIA’s RTX 3000 Series ‘Ampere’ Flagship Will Have 627mm² Large Die?



A known leaker has commented that the upcoming NVIDIA Ampere die is going to be 627mm² large. The source is reliable but they have annotated that with the statement that they are not sure so this is 100% a rumor at this point so grain of salt, face-value et all applies. We would not be surprised if this turns out to be the case because word on the vine is that NVIDIA has moved its gaming Ampere lineup to Samsung’s 8nm node and 627mm² would be around the maximum limit of the reticle (it can certainly go higher but yields fall off significantly after this point).

NVIDIA’s big Ampere GPU for gaming to have 627mm² large die?

Keep in mind, even if this tweet turns out to be true, we are not sure at this point whether this refers to SKU10, 20 or 30. The RTX 2080 Ti had a 754mm² but was based on the 16nm process (12NFF is essentially 16nm FF with optimizations). Shifting to Samsung’s 8nm process (which is basically 10nm with optimizations) should allow for a minimum 30% more density holding performance constant and accounting for a slightly increased power draw. This means you are looking at the equivalent of a 895mm² GPU as fabricated on the 12NFF process.


— KatCorgi (@KkatCorgi) July 8, 2020

Based on the expected power level of this chip [opinion] we expect this to be the Big Ampere GPU for Gaming [/opinion]. This might be the RTX 3090 or the RTX 3080 / Ti variant. One thing is for sure, NVIDIA is planning to roll out some extremely powerful GPUs this lineup and regardless of which SKU this turns out to be, we are in for a massive performance uplift (and hopefully a performance per $ reduction as well).

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By: Usman Pirzada
Title: NVIDIA’s RTX 3000 Series ‘Ampere’ Flagship Will Have 627mm² Large Die?
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Published Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 13:14:15 +0000

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