While gamers are still struggling to get their hands on the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics cards based on the Ampere architecture, Nvidia is already working intensively on the successor to the flagship RTX 3080. The company's next generation GPU Powering it is a new architecture known as a hopper, and a recent leak shows that the company's next graphics card upgrade will come with a brand new design that contains more than 100 billion transistors.
The information about Hopper comes from Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, who shared a few slides with Wccftech before Hopper was fully revealed. From these slides, we now know that the architecture supports a total of 100.1 billion transistors, a nearly four-fold increase over the 28 billion transistors supported on the flagship GeForce RTX 3080 today.
Another big change for Hopper is that it uses a new MCM [Multichip Module] design that allows Nvidia to package multiple chips on a single package for even better graphics performance. MCM designs have been used on processors by competing AMD in the past, giving Ryzen processors more cores. With Hopper, Nvidia is pursuing a similar strategy for graphics, using an in-house developed J-Stack technology to enable stacking of multiple chips in a multi-dimensional approach.
This would allow Hopper to support 42 graphics processing clusters per cube. Since Hopper has two cubes, we have a total of 84 GPCs. Each GPC contains four streaming multiprocessors with 128 CUDA cores, making a total of 336 SMs and 43,008 CUDA cores. This is due to the 68 SMs and 8,704 CUDA cores currently supported by the flagship RTX 3080.
How powerful is the new hopper? According to Wccftech, the new card can achieve 146 TFLOPs if Nvidia can clock the GPU with 1,700 MHz. For comparison: The RTX 3080 only achieves 29.7 TFLOPs, so the performance of the new hopper-based GPU architecture is roughly five times as high as it is today. As an additional point of comparison, Microsoft's Xbox Series X can score 12 TFLOPs, while Sony's PlayStation 5 scores 10.28 TFLOPs.
And while we don't have confirmation of how many Tensor or RT cores will ship with Hopper, the GPU should theoretically be able to handle a fully beam-tracked game in 1080p that is scalable to 4K with DLSS enabled. For storage, it looks like this card ships with a massive 48GB of storage. Nvidia uses the HBM4 memory standard for this card. The RTX 3080 comes with only 10 GB of GDDR6X memory.
Price information is currently not yet known. For example, the RTX 3080 has an MSRP of $ 699, although the card is double or triple the price of Nvidia in secondary markets as these cards are lucrative for scalpers and cryptocurrency miners in the face of a global semiconductor shortage. To combat crypto miners hoarding the new hopper cards, Nvidia is believed to be working with online stores Epic and Steam to ensure that gamers get the first crack with the new GPUs. According to Wccftech, the company needs an old Epic or Steam Store account so players with accounts under the age of two cannot purchase the new card.