Nvidia may launch RTX 3000 series with chip dedicated to Ray Tracing in “Transverse Coprocessor”
The past week has been filled with rumors and leaks involving Nvidia’s new family of video cards. It is believed that the manufacturer should end the Titan series to make way for a new variant for enthusiasts with numbering 3090, and possibly we already have a sense of what to expect from GPUs in terms of design, which must have a strange cooling system with a fan on each side.
Now, new rumors may have discovered why we will have the unusual cooling configuration. The Coreteks channel says that the Ampere cards will come equipped with two chips, a GPU and a “Transverse Coprocessor”, possibly dedicated only to Ray Tracing processing. The assumption is reinforced by a patent registered by the manufacturer in 2018, which cited precisely this type of configuration.
The measure makes perfect sense, since it would allow an increase in gross performance, as well as calculations of light strokes, without high production costs. This may still give Nvidia the opportunity to sell an add-on that contains only the coprocessor, enabling the use of RTX on GPUs that do not have dedicated hardware.
Still, it is extremely important to stress that there is no official confirmation of such a possibility, and in the end, the new video cards may end up maintaining the chip structure seen in their predecessors, so caution is crucial. Previous leaks have already indicated that the design seen is in testing, and can be changed in the final version of the products.
Anyway, the possibility is quite exciting, and we can see considerable leaps in performance if there is really a coprocessor on the new Taiwanese line. It should not be long before more information appears, as it is believed that RTX 3000 GPUs can be announced between September and October.
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