Volta: NVIDIA's Next Generation GPU Architecture (2017-2018)

Discussion in 'Gaming (Software and Graphics Cards)' started by J.Dre, Aug 14, 2016.

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When do you believe Volta will be officially announced?

  1. 1H 2017 - Around GTC '17, at the end of May.

    7.5%
  2. 2H 2017 - Around the end of Summer or early Fall 2017.

    22.4%
  3. 1H 2018 - Early 2018, probably Q1 (Jan., Feb., or Mar.)

    33.6%
  4. I believe there will be another iteration of Pascal for 2017.

    20.1%
  5. I don't care to answer or speculate.

    18.7%
  6. I don't know.

    6.7%
  7. None of the above. I'll post below.

    1.5%
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  1. J.Dre

    J.Dre Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Able to communicate much, much faster to handle requests. Bandwidth exceeds 1TB/s. GDDR5X runs at about 320GB/s on the 1080.

    There are many benefits, though. You can find them here.
     
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    I believe that there will be indeed another iteration of Pascal for 2017. And by the summer of 2018, the Volta GPUs should have flooded the market.
     
  3. J.Dre

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    I'm actually hoping for an early announcement. Not launch, but announcement. There's a difference.
     
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    Wasn't Volta announced alongside Pascal? In which case, maybe we should expect the next architecture after Volta to be announced alongside a second, more detailed Volta announcement?
     
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    They just updated the roadmap. Never officially announced it. Pascal is a placeholder.

    Basically, "Hey, look, we're introducing Pascal now and delaying Volta because HBM isn't ready, yet."

    HBM is finally ready! :)
     
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    So how powerful is the Volta? 10x more powerful than Pascal?
     
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    You can bet that their graphs will be skewed to show it that way but there's no way that will actually happen.
     
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    Not that much, haha. But it will depend greatly on what process they decide to use: 16nm, 10nm or 7nm.

    You can expect at least 50% over Pascal, but I'd assume it will be more.
     
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    Pascal 1080 is 100% more powerful than 980, right? or is it 80%?
     
  10. aqnb

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    It's actually just ~60% - 70% on average over multiple games, depending on which ones you check and at which resolution (less difference at 1080p, more at 4K):

    http://www.pcgamer.com/geforce-gtx-1070-performance-preview/
    http://www.hardwareunboxed.com/update-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080-gtx-1070-benchmarks/

    Volta is supposed to launch at 16nm, the same as Pascal (at least the first batch), but with a different architecture.

    So maybe we could get something like Kepler => Maxwell change?

    Volta being 50% faster than Pascal then sounds about right (maybe more, or even dramatically more at higher resolutions thanks to HBM2; this is where "CEO math" type of charts may happen, with exaggerated multipliers for specific use cases :)).
     
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