Nvidia states it “can create the most energy-efficient GPU in the world at anytime”
At a conference on graphics processor technology (GTC), Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said that the current generation Turing video cards are already competing with 7nm products. The Nvidia Turing video cards use the TSMC 12nm technology node.
“What makes us special is we can create the most energy-efficient GPU in the world at any time,” said Huang.
Both Nvidia and AMD are clients of TSMC, one of the leading manufacturers of advanced technology nodes. Now the 7nm process node brings the majority of TSMC revenue, ahead of 16nm. The company also predicts that during 2019 hundreds of customers will switch to it. AMD, now dependent on TSMC after Global Foundries stopped research on 7nm, is one of these customers, for which it is set to use 7nm in almost its entire range, starting with AMD Ryzen 3000 chips.
AMD has struggled to match performance per watt with the green team since Nvidia doubled its performance with the Maxwell architecture. And the company will have to revolutionize its GPU architecture in order to compete with Nvidia at 7nm.
However, according to rumors, Nvidia has joined IBM as a partner in launching the 7nm EUV Samsung process technology. It is expected that the work on sampling will begin at the end of this year and the process will be launched in 2020. EUV technology is designed to reduce the complexity of production, and thus reduce cost and time. Nvidia may be in a favorable position to make the most of these benefits for next-generation video cards. In the end, Nvidia left Pascal to "roam" in the gaming market for more than two years before announcing its replacement.
In 2017, Nvidia released a new generation between Pascal and Turing - the new Nvidia Volta. However, it was a temporary generation that will not be offered in the new GeForce cards. Nvidia is now focusing on data centers and deep learning applications, influenced by the recent purchase of Mellanox for $ 6.9 billion. In connection with this, Nvidia's 7nm graphics processors pushed out Volta in the corporate sphere long before the next generation GeForce cards supplanted Turing in gaming.