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NVIDIA Volta Allegedly Launching In 2017 On 12nm FinFET Technology

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Jan 23, 2017
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Whispers floating around the tech-sphere allege that NVIDIA is in fact launching its next generation Volta GPUs this year on 12nm FinFET. This hot rumor, which Fox Business has picked up, claims that NVIDIA’s next generation family of GPUs will succeed Pascal this year in the GPGPU supercomputing, machine learning and artificial intelligence spaces. Furthermore, Volta is said to be built using a custom, cutting edge, 12nm FinFET manufacturing process at TSMC.

We reported in as early as September 2015 that NVIDIA’s Volta will indeed arrive to market in 2017. Volta GPUs in conjunction with IBM POWER PC server CPUs are expected to power several of the world’s leading-edge supercomputers this year. It’s important to note that it’s not yet clear when exactly Volta will arrive on the GeForce gaming side. However, according to NVIDIA’s official word we’ll see Volta in GeForce gaming graphics cards some time a year later in 2018.

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Volta And GeForce GTX 20 Pascal Refresh GPUs To Power Compute & Gaming In 2017

We know Volta is coming to supercomputers this year. However, many of you reading this will perhaps be more interested in the gaming side of the equation. On that front NVIDIA is expected to roll out a Pascal refresh as part of a new GTX 20 family of products. There’s no official word from the company regarding this alleged Pascal refresh as of yet. Although the whispers that have been heard in the echo-chamber indicate that the company is working on a new lineup of gaming GeForce GTX graphics cards featuring faster and cheaper updated versions of its existing GTX 1000 series lineup.

The new lineup will allegedly include the infamous GTX 1080 Ti, likely under a GTX 2080 Ti or similar brand name. This particular graphics card would be based on the GP102 GPU powering the company’s flagship GeForce GTX Titan X .

In the mid-range the plan is to allegedly replace the existing GP104 based GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 cards with higher clocked variants. In addition to bringing GDDR5X memory to a GTX XX70 class card for the first time. It’s not yet clear whether a potential GTX 2070 would also feature more CUDA cores than the existing 1070. However, a clock speed bump and faster memory should be enough to create a more competitive offering than the existing GTX 1070. The GTX 1080 would also get replaced by a faster “GTX 2080” variant.

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WCCFtechGTX Titan XGTX 1080GTX 1070
ArchitecturePascalPascalPascal
GPUGP102GP104GP104
Memory12GB GDDR5X8 GB GDDR5X8 GB GDDR5
Memory Speed10Gbps10Gbps8Gbps
Memory Interface384-bit256-bit256-bit
Memory Bandwidth480GB/s320GB/s256GB/s
Launch201620162016

GeForce GTX 2060 Ti, 2060 & 2050 Also Rumored To Be In The Works

In the mid-range of the stack rumors allege that the company is planning to replace GP106 and GP107 based graphics cards with faster variants based on the same GPU. The new GeForce GTX 2060 Ti and GTX 2060 graphics cards should replace existing GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GTX 1060 3 GB. GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti graphics cards should also see faster replacements.

NVIDIA GeForce 20 Series Pascal Refresh (Rumored) Lineup:

Graphics Card NameGPU CoreCUDA CoresClock Speed (Boost)Memory BusMemory TypeMemory ClockExpected Price
GeForce GTX Titan Black V2GP102 Pascal Refresh3840 CCs~1600 MHz384-bit bus interfaceGDDR5X12 GHz$1200 US
GeForce GTX 2080 TiGP102 Pascal Refresh3384 CCs~1700 MHz384-bit bus interfaceGDDR5X10 GHz$799 US
GeForce GTX 2080GP104 Pascal Refresh2560 CCs~2000 MHz256-bit bus interfaceGDDR5X12 GHz$499 US
GeForce GTX 2070GP104 Pascal Refresh2048 CCs~1800 MHz256-bit bus interfaceGDDR5X10 GHz$349 US
GeForce GTX 2060 TiGP106 Pascal Refresh1280 CCs~2100 MHz192-bit bus interfaceGDDR5/GDDR5X8-10 GHz$229 US
GeForce GTX 2060GP106 Pascal Refresh1024 CCs~1900 MHz192-bit bus interfaceGDDR5/GDDR5X8-10 GHz$179 US
GeForce GTX 2050GP107 Pascal Refresh768 CCs~1700 MHz128-bit bus interfaceGDDR58 GHz$139 US

NVIDIA Volta To Support GDDR6 & HBM2 Memory

Moving beyond 2017, Volta is set to replace the Pascal refresh in 2018. The new architecture will, just like Pascal before it, focus on pushing the performance per watt envelope. Although the GPUs are said to feature GDDR6 and HBM2 memory technology, little is actually known about the architecture itself. GDDR6 chips rated at 16Gbps are expected to boost memory bandwidth by 60% compared to current GDDR5X 10Gbps memory technology we see deployed in the GTX 1080 and Titan X.

NVIDIA GeForce 30 Series – Volta GV110, GV102 & GV104 GPUs Launching In 2018

Volta GPUs Planned For 2018

  • NVIDIA GV110 GPU
  • NVIDIA GV102 GPU
  • NVIDIA GV104 GPU

GV104 represents Nvidia’s bread & butter Volta gaming GPU. The company will likely target the popular ~$400 segment with a cut down variant version of the chip and the high-end with a fully enabled variant. That is if the company doesn’t veer too far from what we’ve seen it historically do with its 104 class chips.  GV104 should replace GP104, the chip that powers the current GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 cards.

GV104 based graphics cards, i.e. GTX 3080 & 3070 cards are rumored to feature 256-bit memory interfaces with 16GB of GDDR6 memory running at 16Gbps for a total of 512GB/s of bandwidth, 32GB/s more than what’s available to the 384-bit GTX Titan X. The growth in overall memory bandwidth would indicate fairly healthy gains in performance as well.

Volta will also see a GV102 chip to replace GP102, the GPU that powers the GTX Titan X.  GV102 will be the fastest gaming chip NVIDIA has to offer in the Volta stack. GV110 on the other hand is built purely for the professional market. Think AI inferencing, deep-learning & datacenter workloads.These top-end server grade Volta chips are expected to feature 32GB of HBM2 & 1TB/s of memory bandwidth and debut sometime this year in a host of new supercomputers.

WccftechGeForce 10 SeriesGeForce 20 SeriesTesla V100AMD 400 SeriesAMD 500 SeriesAMD 600 SeriesAMD 700 Series
Architecture PascalVoltaVoltaPolarisPolaris / VegaVegaNavi
Process NodeTSMC 16nm FFTSMC 12nm FFTSMC 12nm FFSamsung 14nm LPPSamsung 14nm LPPGF 7nm FinFETGF 7nm FinFET
MemoryGDDR5/XGDDR6HBM2GDDR5GDDR5 / HBM2HBM2HBM3
Year2016201820172016201720182019
GPUsGP102, GP104, GP106, GP107GV102, GV104, GV106, GV107GV110Polaris 10, Polaris 11Polaris 20, Polaris 21, Vega 10, Vega 11Vega 20Navi 10, Navi 11
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