Nvidia Might Use New Iteration of NVTTM for Pascal GTX 100 Graphics Series
The alleged photos of a new shroud design for Nvidia’s upcoming Pascal based graphics cards, namely GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, have just leaked on the web.
The leak suggests that Nvidia might use a revised version of NVTTM cooling solution for its latest GTX 1000 family of cards, but with more sharp and angular design. Further, the images don’t appear to be modified, as both GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 logos engraved on the front are perfectly aligned with official GeForce font.
A close look at the images show metal housing, as well as cutting fluid, indicating they might be taken in vicinity of an Nvidia production line. Or, it could be some worker in a small company who decided to design these cooler shrouds as just part of an elaborate hoax.
Of course, we have seen such leaks in the past — and for most of the time, they’re often right on the money. Still we would advise you to take these images with a grain of salt until proven otherwise.
Meanwhile, here is what we know about the upcoming Nvidia Pascal architecture so far.
Nvidia Pascal Specifications:
- Pascal graphics architecture
- 2x performance per watt estimated improvement over Maxwell
- To launch in 2016, purportedly the second half of the year
- DirectX 12 feature level 12_1 or higher
- Successor to the GM200 GPU found in the GTX Titan X and GTX 980 Ti
- Built on the 16nm FinFET manufacturing process from TSMC
- Allegedly has a total of 17 billion transistors, more than twice that of GM200
- Will feature four 4-Hi HBM2 stacks, for a total of 16GB of VRAM and 8-Hi stacks for up to 32GB for the professional compute SKUs
- Features a 4096-bit memory bus interface, same as AMD’s Fiji GPU power the Fury series
- Features NVLink (only compatible with next generation IBM PowerPC server processors)
- Supports half precision FP16 compute at twice the rate of full precision FP32
Nvidia is expected to unveil the new Pascal architecture during the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2016 which kickstarts in the first week of April. As for pricing, the Pascal cards are rumored to cost between $600 to $1,100.