Update April 19, 2018: The rumour mill grinds on and the latest about the Nvidia Turing architecutre comes from the ever-reliable WCCFTech. They're talking about a GT104-powered GTX 1180 arriving potentially in July. My salt intake is reaching epic proportions right now.
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So yeah, they reporting they've been given information that the GT104 processor will measure around 400mm2, will feature 3,584 CUDA cores and come with between eight and 16GB of GDDR6 video memory. That's a pretty big margin for error right there on the memory side and the rest could be easily speculated upon.
In fact, we did when we published the specs we believe are likely to be built into the next-gen graphics cards from Nvidia, whether they're rocking Volta, Turing, or Ampere technology in either GTX 1180 or GTX 2080 trim.
Right now it's just a fun guessing game, and this looks about as reliable as genuine 'information' as our guesswork is.
Original story: The Nvidia Turing GPU rumours bounce between it being either the next big gaming graphics card or a cryptocurrency mining-specific architecture. But without anything concrete from team green themselves which is the most likely?
With nothing officially announced about the next generation of GeForce graphics card speculation has been running wild. The Nvidia Volta architecture has been sitting on the sidelines for what seems like an age - at least for gamers anyways - and we'd assumed it would form the basis for the next round of gaming cards. And new graphics card rumours are nothing new, but it seems like everyday we hear a new codename for the next generation - now it’s the turn of Nvidia Turing.
There has been some indication of movement in Q3 for mass production of Nvidia’s Turing graphics card architecture. Market sources, speaking to DigiTimes, have reported that Nvidia are taking precautions against a potentially declining cryptocurrency mining business and that their next-generation Turing architecture won’t launch until much later in the year.
According to these sources, Nvidia have started to place restrictions on partners that prevent them from directly selling to cryptocurrency miners or marketing their consumer graphics products for mining, in an effort to promote sales to the gaming segment. This somewhat ties in with what Nvidia loosely outlined a few months back in response to growing discontent at GPU shortages - which we've been pretty sceptical of so far.
Part of that could be encouraging manufacturers to create specifically non-gaming SKUs of their GPUs, such as the Nvidia P102-100 / GTX 1080 Ti Lite that seems to be arriving from Inno3D, and the existing P104 and P106 parts. For all the good that’s going to do for gamers.
We’ve heard rumours of a Q3 release for Nvidia’s next-gen from retailers before, and since the Turing name has such little supporting evidence from the green team, it seems the rumour mill could well be eating itself this time around.
There are some pretty big questions floating around Nvidia’s next architecture, with Turing only being one of three names touted for this release - Turing, Volta, and also a potential Nvidia Ampere design. It has been speculated that Nvidia were releasing a ‘mining’ architecture with Turing, and Ampere would be for gaming, but why would Nvidia release this architecture on the eve of the crypto-market “showing signs of slowdown”? And how will they ‘block’ cards from mining? And why go against their stalwart roadmap? Something really doesn’t add up here.
Reuters let slip of the potential codename during an article on Nvidia’s recent fiscal success. The article makes a passing mention to the project with codename ‘Turing’, and mentions briefly that this “new GPU gaming chip” will supposedly be “unveiled next month”.
The potential Nvidia Turing GPUs will be named after famous British scientist and mathematician, Alan Turing, who is well-known for his pioneering work in computer science. However, somewhat oddly, this codename is supposedly reference the the gaming-specific GPU chips, despite the Turing Test being known the world over as a test for ‘true’ artificial intelligence and Turing’s pinnacle work in cryptography and codebreaking. Ring any bells?
We’ve already contested recent rumours of the Ampere codename and upcoming launch - which seem dubious at best so far - and these latest rumours also warrant considerable scepticism. Both have stemmed from unsourced, off-hand comments at the tail-end of articles with a focus on financials rather than upcoming hardware. Completely trustworthy, they are not.
If there is any truth to these rumours, one potential explanation for these rogue codenames could be that Nvidia are soon to unveil their roadmap for GPU architectures beyond Volta at the Graphics Technology Conference (GTC) towards the end of next month. We’ve yet to see a roadmap beyond the Volta architecture, and it seems about time one were revealed - especially if Jen-Hsun intends on having anything new to say in his big GTC keynote.
A single post-Volta next-generation architecture has been hinted at within Nvidia’s Drive PX Pegasus Autonomous vehicle, and it’s entirely possible that one, or both, codenames appearing across the interwebs could be indicative to the naming of this upcoming architecture.
While we aren’t ruling out the potential for Nvidia to pull a renamed, or redesigned, architecture out of their pocket sometime in the summer, it does, however, seem rather out-of-character for the green team.
So far, the only news we’ve heard regarding these codenames has been largely unsourced and unconfirmed in any way. We know there aren't going to be any new graphics cards actually launched at either GDC (where the GTX 1080 Ti launched last year) or at Nvidia's GTC event at the end of this month.
I’ll be more than happy to be proven wrong, however… honestly, at this point, I’d be over-the-moon to have any concrete information regarding new hardware from Nvidia whatsoever.