Rumor Claims NVIDIA Ada Lovelace AD106 GPU Is PCIe x8 And Performs Like An RTX 3070

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It is actual enjoyable to take a look at leaks of the RTX 4090 and its ludicrous graphics-processing prowess, however the unlucky actuality is that almost all of us merely shouldn’t have $1500 or extra to put out on a graphics card. Nearly all of us are going to be chomping on the bit for the lower-tier GPUs, so leaks about these are arguably much more thrilling. That is what we have now at this time: a efficiency rumor from kopite7kimi about AD106, the second-smallest Ada GPU.

Tweeting this morning, the prolific GPU leaker posted that “AD106 just isn’t very robust.” He backs that up with a benchmark leak: a 3DMark Time Spy Excessive rating of “RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 leaks we have seen, however we do must query his “not very robust” comment.

We do not often run Time Spy Excessive as a benchmark, however we most likely do not have to inform an viewers of {hardware} fans that probably the greatest options of 3DMark is its large database of outcomes. Perusing the outcomes archive, and taking “underneath 7000” to imply “over 6000”, we see the AD106 GPU in tremendous firm: the GeForce RTX 3070, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and the Radeon RX 6750 XT. None of these are “weak” GPUs, able to high-refresh 1440p gaming and even full 4K UHD on some titles.

Alright, positive—by comparability to the remainder of the Ada Lovelace household, AD106 appears fairly puny. That is type of the purpose, although. The place earlier NVIDIA GPU generations have usually gone 102-104-106, we have got the AD103 GPU slotted in close to the top-end this time round, and the place the Ampere GA103 is pretty uncommon and solely actually used for high-end cell GPUs, it feels like AD103 could be the premise for the GeForce RTX 4080.

Rumor Claims NVIDIA Ada Lovelace AD106 GPU Is PCIe x8 And Performs Like An RTX 3070

If true, that places all the things else down a tier, leaving the AD104 GPU for the GeForce RTX 4070 and presumably additionally the GeForce RTX 4060, in cut-down type, and if that is the case, the AD106 GPU could possibly be relegated to strictly the GeForce RTX 4050 and lower-end components, in addition to cell GPUs. TechPowerUp! seems to think that is how issues will shake out, and whereas we’re not assured sufficient to make that prediction ourselves, it isn’t loopy.

With that in thoughts, a Time Spy Excessive rating of “underneath 7000” is fairly insane for an “x50”-tier GPU, particularly while you evaluate to the GeForce RTX 3050’s puny 2827 common rating. Even when the AD106 GPU results in the RTX 4060 in any case, it is nonetheless a pleasant step up from the RTX 3060’s circa-4000 rating. If we break up the distinction and name the AD106’s “underneath 7000” exhibiting as 6500, we’re a 61% enhance over the RTX 3060—not really all that removed from the 79% acquire of the RTX 4090 over the earlier era.
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On the finish of the tweet, kopite7kimi additionally notes that each of the 2 smallest next-gen NVIDIA GPUs might be restricted to a PCIe x8 interface. If we consider earlier leaks, that’ll be PCIe 4.0 x8, which has comparable efficiency to PCIe 3.0 x16. The draw back of that is that anybody putting in one among these GPUs in a machine caught with PCIe 3.0 might be restricted to an x8 interface as effectively, however that most likely will not matter a lot for many software program.

Sadly, regardless that NVIDIA is purportedly poised to preview its next-gen graphics playing cards at its Venture Past occasion later this month, all rumors point out that the reveal will doubtless be strictly for the RTX 4090 and presumably the RTX 4080. Decrease-end playing cards should wait, and presumably some time—earlier rumors appeared to say that we’ll solely see AD102 this 12 months, with the extra inexpensive playing cards coming early subsequent 12 months.