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Nvidia’s rumored RTX 50 series GPU upgrade will push AI engines to become more demanding

Nvidia is said to be preparing a significant upgrade to its laptop GPU line. The upcoming RTX 50 series, codenamed “GN22,” will come in six different variants, surpassing the five options currently available in the RTX 40 series, according to a leak shared by security researcher Dominic Alvieri.

If accurate, the most notable improvement in the updated specifications is the boost to video random access memory (VRAM). The base for the RTX 50 series will be 8GB of VRAM, up from the 6GB base in current laptop GPUs.

The lineup is said to include three models with 8GB VRAM, two models with 16GB VRAM, and one model with 12GB VRAM.

This VRAM boost will enable new GPUs to run more artificial intelligence (AI) models, which typically require significant memory resources. For example, Stable Diffusion 1.5 requires at least 4GB of VRAM to run well. SDXL requires at least 6GB to run.

When Stability AI previewed its upcoming SD3 model, which is much more powerful and capable, they used a GPU with 24GB of VRAM. Fortunately, different versions will be available, with 800 million to 8 billion parameters, and different configurations – such as removing the T5 text encoder with 4.7 billion parameters – will not requires too many resources.

The RTX 50 series will also take advantage of faster GDDR7 memory, according to the leak, further improving the performance of AI and gaming related tasks.

The leaked roadmap shows that Nvidia plans to continue producing some older GPUs, such as the RTX 4050 and RTX 3050, with 4GB and 6GB VRAM to meet market demand for low-cost hardware. For gaming, 6GB cards are still solid options, as VRAM is not as important as clock speed and number of processors or cores.

These GPUs are said to release in 2025, although no specific date was provided. There are conflicting rumors, but a launch at CES 2025 is possible.

Buyers looking for cheap cards may have their days counting down, however TSMC, Nvidia’s main chip supplier, is said to be considering raising prices due to its own costs rising.

“We expect our customers to share a higher portion of costs with us, and we have already started discussions with our customers,” Wei told Nikkei Asia.

The report said Wei recently called Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang a “three trillion man,” referring to Nvidia’s skyrocketing market value, which surpassed $3 trillion last week.

TSMC produces an estimated 90% of the world’s most advanced processor chips and is a key player in Nvidia’s success.

Despite the potential for increased production costs, Huang expressed support for TSMC’s argument, saying the price increase is “in line with the value they bring.”

Morgan Stanley analysts have suggested that if Nvidia accepts a price increase from TSMC, other major AI players could follow suit and increase their prices. They estimate that Nvidia will account for 10% of TSMC’s revenue this year.

Jia Bao Ngoc

According to Decrypt

Mark Tyson
Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer. Always interested in the way in which technology can change people's lives, and that is why I also advise individuals and companies when it comes to adopting all the advances in Apple devices and services.
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