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NVIDIA Set to Reveal Next-Gen Gaming Chips

By Danny Vena – Aug 10, 2020 at 5:43PM

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The GPU maker teased that its newest processors would be released in just three weeks.

NVIDIA (NVDA 0.14%) released a short video on Twitter (TWTR), using the company's GeForce account, suggesting its newest graphics processing units (GPUs) used for gaming could soon debut. Additionally, NVIDIA updated the cover image on the GeForce Twitter account with additional clues leading to the nearly inescapable conclusion. 

The eight-second video featured an exploding star, with the hashtag "#UltimateCountdown." Additionally, the cover art on the GeForce account was replaced with a still image of the exploding star and the caption, "The #UltimateCountdown. 21 Days. 21 Years." Digging a little deeper into the clues suggests the next-generation GPUs could be introduced within three weeks.

A computer chip with the NVIDIA logo.

The NVIDIA A100 server-based GPU, built on the company's next-gen Amphere architecture, was introduced in May. Image source: NVIDIA.

An NVIDIA history lesson

NVIDIA introduced its original GeForce 256 gaming GPU on August 31, 1999 for the high-end gaming market. It was the first GPU designed for personal computers with the ability to perform the mathematical calculations previously handled by the computer's central processing unit (CPU). Although the term was used earlier, NVIDIA marketed the GeForce 256 as "the world's first GPU," since it was the first graphics chip to include a transformation and lighting engine. 

Twenty-one days from now -- August 31, 2020 -- would mark exactly 21 years from the historic debut of the GeForce 256, which seems to tease the release of the GPU based on NVIDIA's latest tech later this month.

This would be consistent with previous rumors that suggested that the RTX 3000 -- built from NVIDIA's next-generation Amphere architecture -- would potentially debut on or about September 9. The technology is replacing processors built on NVIDIA's Turing architecture. The first processor based on the new technology, the A100 server-based GPU, was introduced in May.

The teaser video and other hints, taken together, suggest that the debut of the new processor is imminent.

Danny Vena owns shares of NVIDIA. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends NVIDIA and Twitter. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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