EXCLUSIVE: NVIDIA’s SUPER GPUs, Unleashing Monsters [Updated]
Well, well, well, looks like the figurative SUPER-cat is finally out of the bag. I have just received a very long list of leaks from a reliable source at NVIDIA regarding the company's upcoming SUPER lineup and boy is it good. It looks like NVIDIA is getting ready to unleash all its fury in one sweeping lineup change and is bringing all its cannons to bear. Seems like Jensen is done playing around and wants to send a clear message about AMD's newly launched Navi GPU.
Update [6/12/2019 10:15 PM GMT+5]: Specifications have been added from another source, the very venerable, Igor. Almost everything coincides with the information I have with the only exception being the 2080's vRAM. This is the one point where my source was muddy so I would lean towards Igor's charts.
Update [6/13/2019 2:35 AM GMT+5] Added some more context.
Rumors had stated that only the 2060, 2070 and 2080 were going to get SUPER versions and they were going to be refreshes - let's just say that's not even half of the story. Ladies and gents, I can confirm that the SUPER series is very much a new lineup in its own right and contains a new flagship: The RTX 2080 Ti SUPER (yes, even the 2080 Ti is getting a SUPER version). Oh and launch date? Sooner than you might think, it's going to be a SUPER summer after all.
NVIDIA's SUPER Summer starts on 6/21
Okay, disclaimer here, while I have been told that NVIDIA is preparing their announcement for 6/21, keep in mind they can move this date around a bit all the way up to July. That said, you are looking for an announcement pretty close to the start of summer, and this is likely going to be it. NVIDIA knew about AMD's Navi GPU launch and the SUPER series has been designed to shed all the premium/margins Turing was enjoying and get very aggressive with positioning. Green is finally serious.
This also means that AIBs are going to start cutting prices for existing RTX 2000-series cards in anticipation of the SUPER lineup which is going to replace everything from the 2060 to the 2080 Ti. That said, as per my information the SUPER Ti parts are going to come later and not launch with their non-Ti brethren. So I will say up front that the nomenclature has not been confirmed. All that is confirmed right now is the use of the word SUPER. NVIDIA might decide to call this lineup something else - and they would be perfectly within their rights to do so - considering this is NOT a refresh. Okay, so let's get on to the juicy bits.
New chip: the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti SUPER exists and will be an absolute beast of a card
Turns out, there is an RTX 2080 Ti SUPER variant and its a brand new chip. It's not an old part and it's not a repurposed Quadro part (trust me, I asked). Oh, and its completely unlocked, meaning the AIBs can have 300 watts TDP on this thing if they wanted to - and knowing the insane custom designs that come out of AIBs, I wouldn't be surprised to see this. I don't have the exact specifications of the chip or the exact pricing yet but I am fairly confident this will have a higher core count as well as faster GDDR6 memory.
This is not the PN-A for OC version chip or the non-OC chip, its a completely new chip as I mentioned earlier and will have a new PN. Since it's unlocked and will have higher TDP as well as higher core count we expect this to be much faster than the existing RTX 2080 Ti card. Everything we know so far points to this slotting in at roughly the same price point as the existing RTX 2080 Ti or slightly above. In other words, you are going to get a card that is much more powerful but for roughly the same price or slightly more. Unfortunately, however, you are going to have to wait a bit for this card as per my info, it will have a delayed launch.
The NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB graphics card will feature an unlocked 2080 Ti chip
The RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card, on the other hand, will feature a non-OC 2080 Ti chip that has been unlocked. Most probably it's going to have a core count of somewhere between a vanilla 2080 Ti and vanilla 2080. Edit: Igor is reporting that this card will have 8GB of vRAM, not 11 GB. The reported specs for this card are 3072 CUDA Cores.
Here's the thing, however, NVIDIA previously bundled VRMs and vRAM with locked chips (non-OC) and the VRMs provided weren't of the absolute best quality. This is going to change with the SUPER lineup as NVIDIA is now selling the entire lineup as unlocked chips, allowing AIBs to put in much higher quality VRMs and providing higher sustained clock speeds and performance. Like before, the RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card is expected to slot roughly into the price bracket of the standard 2080 or slightly above.
New chip: the NVIDIA RTX 2070 Ti SUPER 8GB exists
The RTX 2070 Ti SUPER graphics card is a brand new chip. This will be positioned between the RTX 2080 SUPER and the RTX 2070 SUPER (*duh). The only thing I know about this is that it will feature 8GB of vRAM. I am also told that the RTX 2070 Ti SUPER will have a delayed launch and will not launch with the existing SUPER lineup.
The NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB graphics card will feature an unlocked 2080 chip
The NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER will feature an unlocked, non-OC variant of the 2080 chip and will have 8GB of vRAM. Once again, we expect this to have a core count of roughly halfway between the vanilla 2080 and 2070. The RTX 2070 SUPER will slot in roughly to the price point (or slightly above) of the existing 2070. EDIT: The reported core count for this card is 2560 CUDA Cores
The NVIDIA RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB will feature an unlocked 2070 chip
The same goes for the RTX 2060 SUPER, which will feature an unlocked, non-OC 2070 chip and 8GB of vRAM. The core count is expected to be roughly halfway between the vanilla 2060 and 2070. This is an upgrade not only on the performance side but for vRAM as well because the original RTX 2060 only had 6GB of vRAM. EDIT: The reported core count for this card is 2176 CUDA Cores.
What's going to happen to the existing, vanilla, RTX 2000 series?
So the next question becomes, what will happen to the vanilla lineup? Well, NVIDIA will almost certainly drop the old series in pricing meaning the Navi GPU is going to go up against the 2070 SUPER/vanilla 2080 - utterly decimating the price/performance proposition of the AMD part. Red team will have no choice but to respond in kind from what I can see, and shed their MSRP as well, diminishing their margins. It's official: the AMD vs NVIDIA price wars have started and the consumer is going to win.
Here's the thing, however, AIBs are currently busy with the Radeon 5700 series and are already hurting from tariffs imposed by the US govt. as well as the margins on the vanilla Turing parts. While I have been told the SUPER series will actually reduce their cost, I have also been told that initially, their focus is going to be on selling the unlocked parts: namely the RTX 2080 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER and RTX 2060 SUPER. But eventually, as they recover from the hustle of launching the Navi series and the SUPER series, the complete lineup is going to make its way to the shelves.
NVIDIA has essentially moved up all their parts by +1 in performance tiers while retaining (roughly) the price points. With the cheaper vanilla series and the new SUPER series, gamers will have access to much more powerful gaming tech for the same amount of money. Well, that's a wrap. Hope you guys enjoyed this. 🙂
NVIDIA SUPER Lineup Leaked
|Core||VRM bundled?||vRAM||Pricing level (approx.)||Cores|
|NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti SUPER||New Chip||No||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER||RTX 2080 Ti non-OC Unlocked||No||8||~Vanilla RTX 2080||3072|
|NVIDIA RTX 2070 Ti SUPER||New Chip||No||8||TBC||TBC|
|NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER||RTX 2080 non-OC Unlocked||No||8||~Vanilla RTX 2070||2560|
|NVIDIA RTX 2060 SUPER||RTX 2070 non-OC Unlocked||No||8||~Vanilla RTX 2060||2176|