NVIDIA is holding their CES 2017 live event today, where they will be showcasing a broad range of technologies aimed at consumers. NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang will be in the spotlight once again as he announces brand new and future technologies for the consumer industry.
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The event will take place in Las Vegas at 6:30 P.M. PST (Pacific Standard Time). We can definitely expect new product announcements in the GeForce and Shield department. NVIDIA will also be focusing on AI research as deep learning is now part of NVIDIA's GPU strategy for the long term. We will see hardware that will be aimed to fuel automobile AI research and capabilities. Following are some of the key topics that NVIDIA will discuss at the event:
- Deep Learning
- Artificial Intelligence
- Self-Driving Cars
- Virtual Reality
NVIDIA's CES 2017 Keynote Press Release
Like a triple-shot of espresso, the show promises to jolt the more than 165,000 attendees who will check out the latest and greatest that tech has to offer, across 2.4 million net square feet of exhibitions. More than 6,500 reporters will be there from more than 150 countries to get a jump on the news.
When Huang takes the stage, you can be sure he’ll break news in some of the areas we’re focused on: artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, virtual reality, and gaming.
What Happens In Vegas Never Stays in Vegas
This may be NVIDIA’s first CES keynote, but it won’t be the first time we’ve made headlines at the show.
Last January, we unveiled the world’s first supercomputer for self-driving vehicles, DRIVE PX 2, one of the hits of the show.
Two years ago, we ignited worldwide conspiracy theories after commissioning a mysterious crop circle in Salinas, Calif. And then unveiled a new Tegra mobile processor with otherworldly capabilities, and fessed up to the marketing stunt.
NVIDIA CES 2017 Live Event – What To Expect?
The event will span for an hour or two and NVIDIA will have enough time to discuss several products. Here's what we believe that the event may focus around:
The Mighty GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card For Gamers - GeForce Gamers To Get More Virtual Reality Goodness!
Yeah, so our first expectation without a doubt should be the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. There has been lot's of talk and rumors on this specific graphics card as it aims to provide Titan X level performance at lower price points. The card will be an ultimate solution for gamers as it will handle 4K gaming with ease but that depends on the specifications.
Recent rumors point out that the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti may end up being a full implementation of the GP102 GPU. There are also reports of it being based on a cut down variant but in either case, the card will be feature a price lower than Titan X (Pascal) with similar or faster gaming performance. The card will also have various custom models allowing users to take full advantage of high-end PCBs and aggressive cooling designs.
We can also expect NVIDIA's Club GeForce Elite service launching alongside the card. Information posted by NVIDIA on LinkedIn revealed that users with GTX 980 Ti will get a step up offer to GTX 1080 Ti. They will also be the first to avail pre-orders of the card. NVIDIA will also have talks dedicated on Virtual Reality which will be spicing things up for GeForce gamers around the globe.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Specifications:
|WCCFtech||GTX TItan X Pascal||GTX 1080 Ti||GTX 1080|
|Transistors||12 Billion||12 Billion||7.2 Billion|
|Memory||12GB GDDR5X||11GB GDDR5X||8GB GDDR5X|
|Memory Bandwidth||480GB/s||484 GB/s||320GB/s|
|Base Clock||1417||1480 MHz||1607|
|Boost Clock||1530||1583 MHz||1730|
|Compute||11 TFLOPS||11.5 TFLOPs||9 TFLOPS|
|Price||$1200 US||$699 US||$499 US|
New Mass Effect: Andromeda Gameplay in 4K (Possible a GTX 1080 Ti Demo)
NVIDIA will be showcasing brand new gameplay of Bioware's highly anticipated AAA Sci-Fi RPG title, Mass Effect Andromeda. Being a fan of the Mass Effect series, I genuinely can't wait to see more gameplay of Andromeda in action. The game launches on PCs and Consoles in March 2017.
— Mass Effect (@masseffect) January 3, 2017
NVIDIA will provide a good amount of gameplay with their Pascal based GeForce graphics cards. It's possible that the game will be showcased right after NVIDIA announces the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. The game already had a technical preview made on the PS4 Pro at 4K (Running around 30 FPS with slimmed down visuals).
The GeForce 10 series cards with enthusiast grade performance may end up delivering true 60 FPS at 4K resolution with a better image quality. Another possibility is that NVIDIA may be using Gameworks features in the new title to amp up the visual display on PCs.
Lots of Artificial Intelligence Talk and Showcase of Brand New Cars Running Drive PX Hardware
A key focus for NVIDIA's CES keynote will be Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. NVIDIA has dedicated years of research in this field and launched GPUs specifically to accelerate AI research. The Pascal based Tesla P100 is a monstrous graphics chip that is designed to accelerate HPC in this category. NVIDIA will also show case new automotive technologies based around their Drive PX technology that utilizes GPUs and Tegra chips.
A Possible Sneak Peek at Volta - More Details on Xavier SOC?
Lastly, we expect some demonstration or showcase of Volta by NVIDIA at the event. Their next generation architecture will accelerate GPU performance and efficiency to greater heights. NVIDIA announced their new Xavier SOC which will be feature in new Drive PX boards. This is also related to self-driving cars and AI based research.
It looks like Volta based chips will be NVIDIA’s most efficient products to date. Before we get into details on efficiency, let’s take a look at the specifications. The Xavier SOC is built on TSMC’s 16nm FinFET+ process node. The chip itself will pack a total of 7 Billion transistors.
It comes with 512 CUDA cores that are based on the Volta GPU architecture. This is a substantial bit as Volta has now been confirmed to be available in 2017. On the CPU side, the chip boasts 8 Custom ARM64 cores. NVIDIA hasn’t mentioned their Denver codename in the slides but since these are custom designed, ARM 64-bit cores, we could be looking at a next – gen Denver design that is yet to be disclosed. The chip comes with dual 8K HDR video processors and a super fast, computer vision accelerator for automotive applications.The chip is said to feature up to 20 DLTOPs worth of performance at a TDP of 20W.
NVIDIA Drive PX Generation Comparison:
|Product Name||NVIDIA Drive PX||NVIDIA Drive PX 2||NVIDIA Drive Xavier||NVIDIA Drive Pegasus||NVIDIA Drive AGX Orin|
|SOC Name||Tegra X1||Parker||Xavier||Xavier||Orin|
|Process Technology||20nm SOC||16nm FinFET||12nm FinFET||12nm FinFET||TBA|
|SOC Transistors||2 Billion (Tegra X1)||N/A||7 Billion (Xavier)||7 Billion (Xavier)||17 Billion (Orin)|
|GPU Architecture||Maxwell (256 Core)||Pascal (256 Core)||Volta (512 Core)||Volta (512 Core)||Ampere?|
|CPU||16 Core ARM CPU||12 Core ARM CPU||8 Core ARM CPU||16 Core ARM CPU||12 Core ARM CPU|
|CPU Architecture||8x Cortex A57|
8x Cortex A53
8x Cortex A57
|Carmel ARM64 8 Core CPU (8 MB L2 + 4 MB L3)||Carmel ARM64 8 Core CPU (8 MB L2 + 4 MB L3)||ARM Herclues Cores|
|Compute DLTOPs||N/A||20 DLTOPs||30 TOPs||320 TOPs||200 TOPs|
|Total Chips||2 x Tegra X1||2 x Tegra X2|
2 x Pascal MXM GPUs
|1 x Xavier||2 x Volta|
2 x Turing
|1 x Ampere|
|System Memory||LPDDR4||8 GB LPDDR4 (50+ GB/s)||16 GB 256-bit LPDDR4||LPDDR4 + GDDR6||N/A|
|Graphics Memory||N/A||4 GB GDDR5 (80+ GB/s)||137 GB/s||1 TB/s||200 GB/s|