Captain_Yuri said:
Too bad about 3000 series not being 7nm but as with a lot of Nvidia gpus in the past, they have had great performance even with being a node or two behind. Hopefully they will continue that trend.

Don't take to much stock in the "nm" marketing culture, they aren't representative of actual geometry sizes of transistors anymore.

In this instance though, Samsungs "8nm" is based on their 10nm process but with a few refinements. - It's very cheap to build large chips for... And it's also great for automotive industries, which consequently is a market that nVidia is pushing very hard into.

The thing with automotive chips/fab processes is that they have higher temperature tolerances (I.E. 105'C), so that could be interesting when it comes time to cool Ampere, there is also tighter tolerances for defects and variation tolerances, it's actually not a bad process to build a GPU that chases clockrates.

8nm for an idea provides about a 10% area/power scaling from 10nm DUV.

What this means for nVidia though is that they are likely going to rely on superior architectural efficiencies to keep their performance edge over AMD, something which they have maintained an advantage in for years anyway.

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