The rumours of Nvidia’s next-generation graphics cards have taken another, disappointing, twist. Igor Wallosek from Toms Hardware Germany is claiming that Nvidia’s plans are completely different to what had previously been mooted. Rather than a launch in Spring, Nvidia plans to release its Turing gaming graphics card architecture in July, pushing it all the way back to Q3 2018.
If you’re raising your eyebrows at Turing, that’s because of a bit of an about-turn on the naming. Nvidia has allegedly decided to name its successor to Pascal as Turing, the architecture we’d previously suspected would be aimed at cryptocurrency miners.
So rather than the previously rumoured Volta and Ampere, we’ll be getting Turing instead, if Wallosek’s sources are reliable. The first two graphics cards will likely be the GeForce GTX 2080 and GeForce GTX 2070.
Volta will remain as Nvidia’s current HPC solution for Quadro graphics, AI and Machine Learning, while Ampere will be the successor in the HPC market later this year. To that end, aside from a potential GeForce Titan Ampere, we don’t expect to see any Ampere GPUs that are in any way aimed at the gaming market.
The rumours also tally in nicely with the recent reports that Nvidia won’t be prepared to reveal its next-gen GeForce gaming graphics cards during GTC 2018 in March. Instead, this will be where Nvidia reveals Ampere for the HPC market. From a gaming point of view, this makes the event a bit of a non-starter. Instead, we’ll have to wait until July 2018 to get our hands on GeForce Turing, a date no doubt timed nicely to just about pip AMD to market with the next-gen.
While the naming might be all over the shop, aside from the potential release date this doesn’t change anything. Turing would still be manufactured on the 12nm process and should be perfectly placed to capitalise on the upcoming GDDR6 video memory.
Considering the pace at which these rumours are changing direction, none of this information is concrete just yet. We should at least begin to expect a much clearer picture at GTC 2018 which runs from March 26th through to 29th. Here we can hopefully expect an updated GPU roadmap from Nvidia.