Nvidia 5000 series: rumors, possible specs, and everything we know

A mystery GPU with a colorful burst behind it
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Rumors about the upcoming Nvidia 5000 series GPUs are beginning to circulate as the company wraps up its current-generation graphics card releases. 

The present Nvidia Lovelace RTX series has delivered mixed performance results; while its enthusiast and premium mid-range models have generally excelled, high prices have prevented its more expensive cards from reaching many gamers. 

This situation has stirred both excitement and caution regarding what to expect from the upcoming GPUs. It's still early days, and much remains to be discovered about these new cards, but the rumor mill is starting to churn faster as we head into the middle of 2024, with a potential release of Nvidia's best graphics card of the Blackwell generation, the Nvidia RTX 5090, taking shape on the horizon for the end of the year.

As the news and rumors continue to swirl ahead of the Nvidia 5000 series announcement and release, we'll continue to gather and share all the details as we hear them.

Nvidia 5000 Series: Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Nvidia's rumored next generation of RTX graphics cards
  • How much does it cost? Unknown at this time, but will likely scale similarly to Nvidia Lovelace GPUs in price
  • When can I get it? The earliest we expect to see the Nvidia RTX 5000 series would be late 2024 or early 2025

Nvidia 5000 series: Latest news

Nvidia 5000 series: Release date

We obviously can't say with any clarity this far out when Nvidia will release its next generation of GPUs, but there is some educated speculation that we can make at this point based on past practice and rumors that have made their way into the public conversation.

For one, Nvidia tends to follow a 18- to 24-month release cadence for its graphics cards, and with the slight easing of the global chip shortage, we don't expect to see any delays that push things back from this schedule.

That would put the Nvidia 5000 series release somewhere toward the end of 2024 and early 2025 at the latest, though we could see something as early as the middle of 2024.

A scene from Cyberpunk 2077 running on an RTX card

(Image credit: CDPR / Nvidia)

Nvidia RTX 5000 series: Specs

We don't know anything for sure about the specs of the Nvidia 5000 series RTX GPUs other than they will likely be based on Nvidia Blackwell architecture, the rumored early code name for the Nvidia Lovelace successor, though it has also been called Lovelace-Next by Nvidia in official presentation materials.

According to a recent leak on Chinese hardware forum Chiphell, and seconded by known online leaker Kopite7kimi, Nvidia's GPU series will undergo something of a numbering shakeup. The supposed GPU variants, which will sit at the heart of both Nvidia graphics cards and the best gaming laptops running next-gen Nvidia GPUs, will include:

  • GB202: likely in the Nvidia RTX 5090 and Nvidia RTX 5090 Ti
  • GB203: likely in the Nvidia RTX 5080 and Nvidia RTX 5080 Ti, though possibly in the Nvidia RTX 5070 Ti as well.
  • GB205: Likely in the Nvidia RTX 5070 and RTX 5060 Ti, and possibly in the Nvidia RTX 5070 Ti
  • GB206: Likely in the Nvidia RTX 5060 and possibly the Nvidia RTX 5060 Ti
  • GB207: Likely reserved for the Nvidia RTX 5050 and Nvidia RTX 5050 Ti

We recently heard rumors that Nvidia would finally be switching some of its Blackwell GPUs over to a multi-chiplet module (MCM) design, following in the footsteps of AMD and Intel. Whether this will include the Nvidia 5000 series GPUs isn't clear, however, since the rumors only specified the GB100 GPU, which is a commercial-grade chip for servers, data centers, and industrial use. 

Still, an MCM Nvidia GPU could provide a big boost to performance if done properly, and given that archrival AMD is already using MCMs in its GPUs, Nvidia can't afford to get left behind here.

We've also seen some purported specs for an RTX 5090 from Chiphell forum user Panzerlied, a fairly reliable hardware leaker. According to a now-deleted post, the RTX 5090 will boast some impressive spec upgrades over the RTX 4090:

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SpecRTX 4090RTX 5090
Streaming Multiprocessors128192
CUDA Cores16,38424,576
Ray Tracing Cores128192
Tensor Cores512768
Boost Clock2.52 GHz2.9 GHz
L2 Cache72MB128MB
Memory Bandwidth1,008 GB/s1,532 GB/s

If these specs pan out, this should give the RTX 5090 an absolutely massive gen-on-gen boost, with the same post that detailed the specs claiming that the RTX 5090's performance was 1.7 times faster than the RTX 4090, which is downright gobsmacking.

Beyond this, there's isn't much else that we know about these GPUs, such as what process node they will be fabricated on, who will be doing the fab (though it'll almost certainly be TSMC, as was the case with Nvidia Lovelace), and what kind of core counts and clock speeds we should expect.

As we hear more, we'll be sure to bring you what we learn.

Nvidia RTX 5000 series: What to expect

Right now, the only thing we can expect is that a lot is going to change between now and when these graphics cards are eventually released.

There is also still the potential for more Nvidia Lovelace cards to be released, especially since we haven't seen the Nvidia RTX 4050 yet, which we expect will be one of the best cheap graphics cards available for gamers on a severely restricted budget—assuming it ever launches.

As we learn more, of course, we can start to really build some anticipation around the release, though it is still a long way off so everything should be taken with a hefty grain of salt for the time being.

John Loeffler
Components Editor

John (He/Him) is the Components Editor here at TechRadar and he is also a programmer, gamer, activist, and Brooklyn College alum currently living in Brooklyn, NY. 

Named by the CTA as a CES 2020 Media Trailblazer for his science and technology reporting, John specializes in all areas of computer science, including industry news, hardware reviews, PC gaming, as well as general science writing and the social impact of the tech industry.

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