Rumour: Nvidia could push Volta launch up to Q3 2017

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Nvidia Volta might launch this year

Nvidia has been riding the wave of Pascal success ever since it launched its first consumer cards based on that chipset in May of last year. Since then we’ve seen the usual iterative improvements and premiere releases in the line, with the GTX 1080Ti and newer Titan Xp being recent examples. But Pascal has reached the end of its lifetime, and Nvidia is unsurprisingly putting all their effort into their new architecture: Volta. And if some reports are to be trusted, we might be seeing it earlier than expected.

Reported first by MrDrivers and picked up by WCCFTech, it seems Nvidia may be moving their plans to launch Volta from a 2018 timeframe to Q3 of this year. Since the source in question hasn’t been that active in a while, it’s curious to see MyDriver suddenly pop-up with a rumour as large as this. Given their work in the past, it’s easier to assume their credibility, but it’s slim, slim pickings to go by solely for now.

WCCFTech investigated further, checking any changes to the Zauba database that is often used to search for recently added shipments of chips and parts. Nvidia over the years has become better at hiding these given the ease at which websites were using it to leak new cards, so it’s no surprise that nothing’s popped up. That does also mean that the suggestion of Volta coming this year might be all smoke with no fire – there’s no real way to know.

It wouldn’t be entirely unfounded though. AMD are gearing up to launch Vega in and around that timeframe, so this could be a shrewd move by Nvidia. AMD won’t be attempting to compete with Volta at that point, so a brand new generation of architecture could certainly take the wind out of the sails of their launch. Whether Nvidia needs to bring forward a hardware launch that drastically just to compete on two different fronts is not immediately a giveaway, but it’s not entirely impossible either.

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Volta is expected to bear the GTX 20XX naming moniker and launch in the expected variations (GTX 2080, GTX 2070 etc). Volta should also introduce new High-Bandwidth Memory 2.0, along with improvements to the GDDR5X memory present in the more enthusiast Pascal cards on the market.

Last Updated: April 20, 2017

  • Viper_ZA

    Well well, maybe AMD DO have something coming soon then, ey?

    • Well, they have VEGA coming up, which will be interesting to see.

      • Matthew Holliday

        Ready and waiting to be disappointed, like I was with Ryzen.

        • Viper_ZA

          Ryzen is not half bad for 4K though?

          • Matthew Holliday

            well considering all the ryzens are beat out by their competitor intels in the price ranges, meh.
            No idea if theres a difference with specifically 4k performance, but 4k is still a long way away for being feasible for me.

          • Viper_ZA

            If anything they have managed to narrow the gap a bit, but I think Intel will respond accordingly. Curiously awaiting VEGA to see what happens to the GFX card prices. One simply can’t keep up anymore. It’s always better to buy the best what you can afford at the time but looking at all these releases, it’s probably better to hold out towards Q4 ’17 for upgrading/new builds.

          • “always better to buy the best what you can afford at the time”

            Like a console. 🙂

          • Viper_ZA

            Yeah, problem is I have a 360 & PS4 and eyeing the Scorpio. Then I think to myself, what could I have bought with all that moola? :/

          • Matthew Holliday

            AMD gave them that gap, they didnt compete, they didnt even dodge the fight, they simply didnt show up.
            Just announcing Ryzen narrows the gap. The tech itself has nothing to do with it.
            the Ryzen 1800x or whatever is R3000 more than the i7 7770 and isnt as good. thats like 30-40% more expensive, for less performance.

            Vega wont affect nvidia prices whatsoever.
            vega will simply slot into the pricepoint below its competitor card, and completely dodge the fight with nvidia.

            At this point so long as its cheaper than its competitor card, and performs better than the card in the price point below it, Ill be satisfied.

        • Yeah, I’m expecting disappointment (but secretly hoping it’ll be awesome)

          • Viper_ZA

            Reckon we can do bacon and eggs all day long if they don’t better the power stats haha xD

          • HairyEwok

            Actually vega uses a max of 150 Watts TDP, so AMD is no longer the bacon grillers we all got to know them for.

          • Matthew Holliday

            expect the worse, hope for the best.

  • #TeamGreen o/

  • Magoo

    This is just going too fast for me.

  • Matthew Holliday

    At the rate inflation/our currency is going, trying to build a pc that can properly use these new cards is starting to go into the second hand car price category.
    The 970 was R4 500+
    The 1070 is R7 000+
    The 2070 or whatever its going to be called, will be 10 000+

    Consoles have won the war.

  • CodeDisQus

    this would be so much more awesome if I could actually afford these card #sigh

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