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Next gen Nvidia engineering graphics card photo leaks

by Mark Tyson on 26 June 2018, 11:01

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), Micron (NASDAQ:MU)

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There are a lot of PC gamers and enthusiasts who are rather impatiently waiting for the next generation of graphics cards from the green team. Thus featherweight news snippets like Nvidia saying happy birthday to Alan Turing a couple of days ago, was seen as "GTX 1180 confirmed," by several news outlets. But Nvidia has a problem with current gen GPU stockpile returns, according to industry sources, and seems reluctant to launch next gen products in the current market - so 'Turing' remains on the far horizon with every new related news morsel we see.

A few hours ago a photo of an Nvidia branded engineering sample graphics card was shared on Reddit, via VideoCardz. The nicely clear and detailed photo shows a card that is certainly in the early stages of its development and sans-GPU (a big GPU at that). However, there are a number of interesting pointers that this is indeed a recently put together next gen Nvidia card.

The most striking evidence of things to come is the visibility of Micron GDDR6 memory chips. Mass production of these memory components was only announced yesterday. We know of no existing GPU that works with GDDR6. Nvidia could be working on a Pascal card with GDDR6 but that doesn't seem likely. We can see 12 of Micron's GDDR6 memory modules installed on this prototype card.

As is often seen in engineering samples, the card is maxed out. It has both an over abundance of things such as power connectors (x3) and an interface that looks like NVLink along the top. Embryonic graphics cards commonly boast these things so they can be tested at their limits and be monitored more closely than finished shipping examples.

As VideoCardz concludes, this may or may not be the first photo of a 'Turing' graphics card. It could equally be a Quadro or a general test design.



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This could be a Quadro sample, however the Tesla Volta and Quadro GV100 both have 2 way NVLink connectors, this only has one way…

Has there been any official roadmap from Nvidia mentioning Turing though? Like Ampre I think its just another spin from the rumour mill.

With Volta having the biggest R&D budget yet, I am sure Nvidia will want to generate as much profit as possible from Volta, including the enthusiast and mainstream consumer markets… So my bet is that the next gen of GTX/RTX cards will still be Volta based, although Turing could be a die shrink of Volta….

I tested Scans website a few days ago for GTX 1080ti stock. A month ago, you could only order 1 to 2 per customer depending on brand/model. Now you can order a maximum of 50 to 1000 again depending on brand/model per customer without any out of stock warning. Looks like a few e-tailers also over estimated the Crypto boom…
With the stockpile of old cards/GPUs, I would be surprised if they didnt just drop them down a tier, slap a new badge on them and sell them for a few quid less.
Waiting for the market to buy them all up isnt going to help anyone…
Biscuit
With the stockpile of old cards/GPUs, I would be surprised if they didnt just drop them down a tier, slap a new badge on them and sell them for a few quid less.
Waiting for the market to buy them all up isnt going to help anyone…

Right now the stocks of Vega cards seem pretty weak again pushing prices back up, so there isn't any competition for 1070 and higher cards. Nvidia can pretty much do what they want right now.
DanceswithUnix
Right now the stocks of Vega cards seem pretty weak again pushing prices back up, so there isn't any competition for 1070 and higher cards. Nvidia can pretty much do what they want right now.

Except they clearly aren't selling them…