Since the launch of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 or RTX 2080, the cards’ Turing GPU have pretty much been based on non-A die silicons. Now it appears that NVIDIA will soon cease the production of these lower quality non-A dies, and proceed to fit the RTX 2070 and 2080 with the more efficient A-dies.
For context, the non-A, Turing dies that are currently in use for the RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 are the TU104-410 and TU106-410. According to a report by Tom’s Hardware Germany, not only will NVIDIA stop producing the non-A die, it will also stop binning the slightly better A-dies.
NVIDIA’s decision is a good thing, especially when it comes to gamers. In theory, the non-A die silicon used for the RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 has limited overclocking headroom, despite the GPU being based on a 12nm die lithography. Additionally, by eliminating this segregation of the two die variations, the newer silicon should enable RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 graphics cards to yield better performance numbers and efficiency.
As it stands, NVIDIA’s new silicon dies are already in the production phase. The new GPU dies in future RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 will be designated as the TU104-400-A1 and TU104-400A-A1, respectively. At the time of writing, there’s no indication over whether NVIDIA intends to do the same with its more powerful TU102 Turing GPU architecture.