If Nvidia’s Volta GPU is 132% faster than Pascal, imagine what the new Titan's like... | PCGamesN

If Nvidia’s Volta GPU is 132% faster than Pascal, imagine what the new Titan's like...

Imagine what the next-gen Titan could be capable of...

The lucky peops sporting shiny new Nvidia Volta machines have started trolling everyone with the performance of their $150,000 graphics array. We still don’t know if they can play Crysis, however...

Can’t wait for Volta? Here’s our pick of the best graphics cards to buy today.

The only people who were really  satisfied with the performance of AMD’s RX Vega GPU were the green-tinged few at Nvidia. It meant they could stick with their original plans for a consumer Volta graphics card release sometime in 2018. Y'see, there were some noises ahead of the launch of the RX Vega 64 that they might do a ‘new Intel’ and pull in the release if AMD gave them serious competition at the high end of the GPU stack.

Instead they’ve done an ‘old Intel’ and decided what they’ve got out right now - the full Pascal 10-series range - is more than enough to cope with the vagaries of Vega’s gaming prowess. Though they may still drop a GTX 1070 Ti to really stick the boot in.

It’s for that reason we still know next to nothing about how Nvidia’s Volta GPUs will perform when we finally see consumer versions distilling the graphical essence of the GV100 silicon down into more manageable, and more affordable (to purchase and produce), forms next year.  What we do now know, however, is what the tippy-top of Nvidia’s Volta range can do against the last generation of the green team’s GPU tech in the professional world. 

And, holy crap, are they fast.

Nvidia Volta supercomputer

The Nvidia DGX-1 is their six-figure workstation with eight of the new Tesla V100 cards installed in it. The first benchmark scores we’ve seen, versus a similarly specced Tesla P100 rig, show the new architecture running 132% faster. To be fair that is with both systems running Geekbench tests via the CUDA API in a Linux environment, and not Deus Ex: Mankind Divided at 4K in Windows.  

So, the Geekbench performance of the Nvidia DGX-1 versus the equivalent last-gen machine may not have a whole lot of direct relevance when it comes to what Volta will look like in our machines, but that doesn’t stop me from wishing Nvidia could somehow manage to deliver the same frame rate boost in gaming as they have with the compute performance.

Just imaging Hitman running at 176fps at 4K… those 165Hz 4K G-Sync HDR monitors would actually become relevant. Okay, so we can pretty much guarantee the consumer Volta GPUs aren’t going to deliver such gaming highs, but hey, a guy can dream, can't he?

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Min64 Avatar
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7 Months ago

If Volta is going to be that good we will get $250 Volta cards that basically match the 1080 in 4k. That should make the mid range guys super happy.

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Dave James Avatar
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7 Months ago

If only! :D

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Neofightr Avatar
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7 Months ago

Sorry to burst your bubble but Nvidia will throttle the high-end volta cards to a 33%-gain only so that such miracle cards could never be possible to low and mid-range systems. It's how monopoly business models work. Check back in 3 years though.

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Min64 Avatar
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6 Months ago

Just wait we will see $200-$300 GPus that crush what the GTX 1080 can do next gen.

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Usmovers_02 Avatar
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5 Months ago

Well fortunately Nvidia DOES have reasonable enough competition. AMD does have a 25% share. Therefore it is beneficial for Nvidia to attract more customers. Competing with AMDs price point while offering much better FPS would very much benefit them.

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ShintyShinto Avatar
7 Months ago

I'm just gonna roll with 1080p flow... ;)

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Firerod Avatar
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7 Months ago

The new should 1160 or 2060 will be faster then the 1070 and the 1170 or 2070 will be = to the titan/1080ti and the 1180 or 2080 will be 25-30% faster than the 1080ti. We wont be getting major speed increases like they suggest. The chips are still 16nm just with increased transistor density & IPC in the same size gate.

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lifeboatpres Avatar
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7 Months ago

"The chips are still 16nm" True, they get most of the increased transistor count by making the chips bigger. (They can do this thanks to improved yields.)

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zonkranko Avatar
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6 Months ago

Actually, Volta is rocking the new 12nm process.

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Usmovers_02 Avatar
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5 Months ago

isn't 30% increase normal? My personal rule is 50% or better to justify a new card.

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