Nvidia has allegedly accelerated its plans for its next-generation Volta GPUs, planning a full launch in Q3 2017. Previously it was through Nvidia would be opting for a Pascal refresh before jumping into next-gen with its Volta chips, however it’s now being reported Nvidia has changed its plans and will release an entire new series of graphics cards later this year.
The GeForce GTX 10 series originally launched with the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 roughly a year ago, so a Volta launch in Q3 2017 would be about an 18-month gap. This fits in with Nvidia’s usual release cadence, however we’re used to seeing minor architectural improvements before totally new generation of GPUs.
Nvidia’s current Pascal line-up will reportedly come to a close soon with the arrival of a budget-priced GeForce GTX 1030. The deck is then cleared for a next-generation GPU launch, which will either be known as the GeForce GTX 11 Series or the GeForce GTX 20 Series.
Poor market conditions are cited as the reason, with Nvidia facing declining graphics card sales and decreased profits as competition with AMD Radeon eats into its margins. There’s also the possibility Nvidia has been spooked by what it’s seen of AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX Vega, rearranging its plans in order to get a better value alternative out there as quickly as possible. The process shrink down to 12nm isn’t a huge gain, however it will hand Nvidia the advantage once more. The worry is that new fabrication processes aren’t cheap, particularly when trying to get them to market as fast as possible, and neither are HBM2 nor GDDR6 memory. Either Nvidia opts for slower GDDR5 and GDDR5X memory once more, or prices are driven up by the new memory technologies.
If these reports are true, expect to see a similar release schedule for Nvidia GeForce Volta as we’ve seen for previous generations. The 2017 launch will likely be reserved for the GeForce GTX 2080 and GeForce GTX 2070, with the lower-end and the Ti variants filtering in throughout 2018. Best get selling those rubbish old 1080's and 1080 Ti's.
There’s a growing sense of unrest in the Nvidia camp these days, despite currently commanding total control over the high-end market. Will Volta be enough to divert attention away from AMD once more? What are your upgrade plans? Let us know below!