HWiNFO 64 Adds Support For Next-Generation NVIDIA Graphics Cards
As we close in on the NVIDIA Turing launch date that we had talked about in our exclusive about a month back, the NVIDIA chips in question are starting to pop in diagnostic tools like HWiNFO 64. The interesting thing, however, is that the chips are codenamed GV104 and GV102 in contrast with what we expect Turing architecture to be named.
Diagnostic tools updated to support NVIDIA's upcoming Turing generation of graphics cards
Before we go any further, here is the changelog in question:
Changes in HWiNFO32 & HWiNFO64 v5.86 - Released on: Jul-12-2018:
- Fixed a possible collision with CPU-Z or CorsairLink on ASUS Ryzen systems.
- Fixed a possible crash when monitoring multiple machines remotely.
- Enhanced reporting of some sensors via ASUS WMI interface.
- Disabled periodic polling of APIC timer clock (BCLK) on Windows 10 RS4 (1803) to avoid potential conflicts with OS.
- Improved support of Intel Ice Lake.
- Improved reporting of total memory size when SPD information is not available.
- Added reporting of remaining battery time in sensors.
- Enhanced sensor monitoring on ASUS B450 series mainboards.
- Added support of Fintek F71809 HW monitor.
- Enhanced sensor monitoring on MSI B450 and Z390 series mainboards.
- Enabled running under Windows 10 on ARM (preliminary).
- Added detection of ES/production status for AMD Zen CPUs.
Upcoming changes in the next release:
- Enhanced sensor monitoring on MSI MS-7B10.
- Fixed NXZT Kraken X52/X62 support on some systems.
- Disabled ASUS WMI support on current BIOSes due to a faulty BIOS implementation.
- Added NVIDIA GV102 and GV104.
- Download pre-release: v5.87, Build 3490
- Fixed stopping of fan on Corsair RMi PSUs.
The changelog includes quite a few interesting changes. First of all, the changelog confirms our exclusive on Core i9-9900k and the Z390 platform, confirming that the chipset is coming soon. Secondly and more interestingly, it lists the GV102 and GV104 chips as the upcoming cards from NVIDIA.
Now GV is the prefix for the Volta series but this is something that has an easy explanation. Companies can easily issue inaccurate names against machine ids for the purpose of obfuscation. We have seen this before in the days when shipping manifests were still public (Zauba anyone?) when NVIDIA started hiding the names of their upcoming graphics cards and are probably seeing it again now. If this actually was Volta (or a lighter version thereof), a more accurate naming scheme would have been GV204 and 202.
We have covered a few leaks and rumors regarding the upcoming series and everything points to the company launching their new card by early september. Meanwhile, we have not heard anything of a similar nature from AMD and Navi continues to be MIA. The only question that remains to be answered now is the pricing of the cards. The rumors indicate that the cards will probably have a higher MSRP than usual - since that is the only way NVIDIA can maintain its revenue stream with the backdrop of the stagnant crypto market.