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Nvidia Pascal graphics cards to ship in volume in July

by Mark Tyson on 8 April 2016, 10:01

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According to industry insiders in Taiwan, Nvidia partners will show off gaming and enthusiast 'Pascal' GeForce GTX 1000 series graphics cards at Computex 2016. Companies such as ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI will all be hawking these next generation graphics cards, as you would expect. Volume shipments of Pascal-based graphics cards will begin quite shortly after the launch, PC gamers and enthusiasts will only have to wait until July, reports Taiwan's DigiTimes.

Nvidia held its GPU Technology Conference this week. Probably the most interesting announcement for PC enthusiasts regarded the launch of its Tesla P100 GPU, based on the Pascal architecture. This accelerator is aimed at data centres and a lot of talk focussed on how it could improve medical research, climate modelling and artificial intelligence. We heard that the GP100 was in mass production and would start shipping in June. However what we really wanted to hear about was consumer, gaming and enthusiast graphics cards based on the Pascal microarchitecture, their capabilities, and when they might launch. Thanks to DigiTimes' sources, from the graphics card industry, we now have a good idea of the timings for consumer Pascal GPU products.

As people wait for the next generation graphics cards from both Nvidia and AMD, the state of the market right now is said to be weak. Q2 shipments are expected to be down 10 per cent for most players. In the face of that Nvidia is trying to clear inventory of 900 series GPUs before June/July so perhaps prices will drop quite a bit. DigiTimes notes that AMD's Polaris GPUs will hit the market some time after the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1000 series. Thus it expects Nvidia to dominate sales in Q3 this year.

Looking at the graphics card market as a whole, it is expected that GPU sales will be flat in 2016. Fewer sales are expected in lower-mid range graphics cards and buying interest will be skewed towards higher end graphics cards due to the aspiration of 4K and VR gaming.

Computex 2016 runs from 31st May until 4th June 2016.



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This info also correlates to what I've been hearing about tbh, with AMD slipping to Sept ish
Pascal/Polaris gonna be in time for my GPU upgrade cycle then, though unless I'm mistaken we still don't know for sure what VRAM its going to use, with a strong possibility we will get GDDR5x. Considering AMD as of their roadmap appeared to have HBM2 planned for the next release along, not this one. Hoping Nvidia have HBM2 in either the 1070 or 1080, else I may wait around a little bit for the next release with HBM2.

It sounds like pascal should be a good boost in performance anyway with the new process and all, but I think theres 2 major upgrades to GPUs in the pipeline, so releasing one without the other seems a little half baked. I guess they will release what they have on hand at the time though, if HBM2 is running behind or whatever.
jag272
Pascal/Polaris gonna be in time for my GPU upgrade cycle then, though unless I'm mistaken we still don't know for sure what VRAM its going to use, with a strong possibility we will get GDDR5x. Considering AMD as of their roadmap appeared to have HBM2 planned for the next release along, not this one. Hoping Nvidia have HBM2 in either the 1070 or 1080, else I may wait around a little bit for the next release with HBM2.

It sounds like pascal should be a good boost in performance anyway with the new process and all, but I think theres 2 major upgrades to GPUs in the pipeline, so releasing one without the other seems a little half baked. I guess they will release what they have on hand at the time though, if HBM2 is running behind or whatever.

Yup that's my thoughts too. I know there's always something round the corner but I'd rather wait for both the 14nm process and hbm2 before upgrading since they're big developments and I think the generations after that will be smaller increments
Question is if these will come with HBM2 or GDDR5X, if it's the latter it maybe worth waiting for the HBM2 cards to ship.
Corky34
Question is if these will come with HBM2 or GDDR5X, if it's the latter it maybe worth waiting for the HBM2 cards to ship.
HBM2 won't be ready in time. Question is whether it's GDDR5X or normal GDDR5.