One of the users of the Chinese forum Chiphell released a photo of the new GPU AD103-301, which will be used in the GeForce RTX 4080 graphics cards.As previously reported, the new chip has simplified the technical requirements for the printed circuit boards used, which will reduce the production costs of assembling graphics cards .
According to the source, the AD103-301 has “been in service for a long time.” According to reports, the updated chip has a built-in voltage comparator, which was previously installed directly on the graphics card circuit board. By moving this element to the GPU, NVIDIA has been able to reduce the cost of assembly of GeForce RTX 4080 graphics cards by an average of $1. With thousands of such graphics cards on the market, the manufacturers of graphics accelerators can make savings very significant.
Owners of cards based on updated GPUs should not expect a performance boost. As user Chiphell clarifies, the changes only increase the overall stability of the GeForce RTX 4080 graphics accelerators.
The new GPUs with built-in voltage comparators will also get the upcoming GeForce RTX 4070 graphics cards, which will be delivered with the AD104-251 chip instead of the originally planned AD104-250. Whether NVIDIA will make similar changes to the AD102-300 GPU of the flagship GeForce RTX 4090 model is still unknown.