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NVIDIA To Unveil GeForce RTX 5090 & RTX 5080 At The Same Time, Availability A Few Weeks Apart

NVIDIA To Unveil GeForce RTX 5090 & RTX 5080 At The Same Time, Availability A Few Weeks Apart

NVIDIA's next-generation GeForce RTX 5090 and RTX 5080 graphics cards are expected to be unveiled at the same time, but availability will be a few weeks apart.

NVIDIA plans to unveil the GeForce RTX 5090 and RTX 5080 later this year, with retail availability just a few weeks away.

The latest comes from Rumor @XpeaGPU That said, NVIDIA will unveil both of its most exciting GeForce RTX 5090 and RTX 5080 gaming graphics cards at the same time. We can expect the company to host a special GeForce event that will be teased a few days before as has been the case with previous launches.

In terms of retail availability, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 5090 and GeForce RTX 5080 will hit stores a few weeks apart from each other. In a previous rumor, It was reported that the GeForce RTX 5080 will be the first to be released, followed by the RTX 5090. This is slightly different from Ada's launch which first released the RTX 4090 to the market followed by the RTX 4080. The RTX 4090 was launched on October 12, followed by the RTX 4080 on November 16. Both graphics cards were unveiled on the same day (September 20, 2022).

Based on previous rumoursNVIDIA is expected to have two flagship dies under the GB202 and GB203 banner. The former will likely be powered by the GeForce RTX 5090 while the latter is expected to be powered by the RTX 5080. It is expected to use the latest GDDR7 memory interface with a 512-bit bus interface. Following are the memory configurations on the various Blackwell GPU SKUs:

  • GB 202 – 512 bit / 28 Gbps / 32 GB (maximum memory) / 1792 GB / second (maximum bandwidth)
  • GB 202 – 384 bit / 28 Gbps / 24 GB (maximum memory) / 1344 GB / second (maximum bandwidth)
  • GB 203 – 256-bit / 28 Gbps / 16 GB (maximum memory) / 896.0 GB/s (maximum bandwidth)
  • GB 205 – 192-bit / 28 Gbps / 12 GB (maximum memory) / 672.0 GB/s (maximum bandwidth)
  • GB 206 – 128-bit / 28 Gbps / 8 GB (maximum memory) / 448.0 GB/s (maximum bandwidth)
  • GB 207 – 128-bit / 28 Gbps / 8 GB (maximum memory) / 448.0 GB/s (maximum bandwidth)

The GB202 GPU for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 5090 graphics cards is expected to have 192 SMs, which is 33% more SMs than the full AD102 die and 50% more SMs than the GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card. We can expect the RTX 5090 to use a cut-down die with around 170-180 SM units.

On the other hand, the GB203 GPU for GeForce RTX 5080 graphics cards is expected to feature half the SMS of the GB202 die, with a total of 96 SMS. That would be 20% more SMs than the full AD103 die and 26% more SMs than the RTX 4080. Again, we don't expect the RTX 5080 to utilize the full die as the company offers one. The “SUPER” lineup was refreshed later in the timeline.

Just yesterday, we reported how NVIDIA is potentially testing and certifying cooling modules for its next-gen gaming GPU lineup, More on that here.

If the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 5080 truly uses the GB203 GPU die, we can expect a big performance difference between the flagship “90” and “80” cards. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 itself was around 25-30% faster than the RTX 4080 and it looks like we could see a gap of around 30-40% between the next-gen enthusiast cards. This could prompt gamers to upgrade to the higher-end RTX 5090. NVIDIA's RTX 4090 sales have already surpassed RTX 4080 due to its much higher performance capabilities with higher VRAM availability.

In terms of prices, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 5090 should end up around US$1500 while the RTX 5080 should be around US$1000, as is the RTX 4080 SUPER. Again, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 50 “Blackwell” Gaming GPUs are expected to launch later this year so stay tuned for more information by late Q3 or early Q4 2024.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 50 “Blackwell” GPU Lineup (Preliminary) Specifications:

Graphics card GPU SMS / Cover Memory configuration TDP
GeForce RTX 5090? GB 202 192 / TBD 512-bit (GDDR7) 450W?
GeForce RTX 5090? GB 202 192 / TBD 384 bit (GDDR7) 400W?
GeForce RTX 5080? GB 203 96 / TBD 256 bit (GDDR7) 320W?
GeForce RTX 5070? GB 205 TBD 192-bit (GDDR7) 225W?
GeForce RTX 5060 Ti? GB 206 TBD 128-bit (GDDR6?) 160W?
GeForce RTX 5060 GB 207 TBD 128-bit (GDDR6?) 120W?

Which NVIDIA GeForce RTX 50 GPU are you most looking forward to?

News Source: Video cards

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