Now that high-end GPUs are nearing the end of their design phase and entering the testing phaseWe are getting more and more little information as we get closer to the card launches in late 2022.
The latest rumors suggest that Nvidia’s next-gen AD102 GPU could produce over 100 TFLOPS of computer performance, which is more than double a RTX 3090 Ti. The information comes through a discussion on Twitter between serial and trusted leakers, Greymon55 and Kopite7kimi.
A TFLOP is one trillion floating point operations per second. It is a measure of the mathematical performance of a processor. A higher number doesn’t necessarily translate to better game performance, but having higher floating-point capabilities means game developers have more resources to work with, although other factors in the system create their own bottlenecks. The raw performance of the shader is a plus, but it’s just a part of the GPU.
While we expect next-gen cards to see a big increase in core/shader count, 100 TFLOPs of performance is still more than expected. This also points to a significant increase in clock speed. The higher the clock speed, the higher the TFLOP performance.
Nvidia’s flagship GPU isn’t the only one expected to see a dramatic TFLOP boost. OMG RDNA3 GPUs are also expected to take a leap. Greymon55 goes on to suggest that the 7900 XT can reach 3GHzif not more, delivering 92 TFLOPs or more.
But while I’m impressed with these TFLOP estimates, I’m not entirely surprised. If the next generation cards really end up pulling 600Wif not one a lot more, so I would expect them to offer a performance boost worthy of such a leap. Overall performance is good, but performance per watt is important. Admittedly, most of these leaks refer to high-end RDNA3 and AD102 GPUs. We have almost no information about the smaller GPUs in the range. They are just as important to the broader market, if not more so, as are volume sellers. They certainly won’t use as much energy.
The next GPU battle is getting epic. I hope all these TFLOPs translate to higher gaming performance.