Nvidia Launching 16nm FF based Volta GPU At GTC 2017
Rumor has it that Nvidia is set to launch its next generation Volta GPU architecture in May 2017 at its annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC). That is pretty interesting because as per Nvidia’s official roadmaps that have been made public so far, Volta architecture was scheduled to launch in 2018.
For those who don’t know, Volta was originally designed to be based on the 10nm FinFET process node. Since this new, smaller than 16nm FinFET from TSMC wasn’t going to gain process maturity by mid-2017, it was commonly assumed that the Volta GPU won’t see the light of day before 2018.
Recently however, Fudzilla published a report which claimed that the Volta GPU will indeed use the same 16nm FinFET process as the latest Pascal architecture does. Meaning, the launch of the next gen GPU architecture could actually happen next year, most probably at the GTC event that is being held on 8-11 May.
In other words, Nvidia will give its GPUs the 16nm FF treatment at least for one more round thus justifying the former Tick-Tock schema. Of course, we can’t rule out the possibility of it branding the new 16nm GPUs as Pascal 2nd generation. But considering the fact that the upcoming architecture will be shipping with HBM2 memory, it would make sense to differentiate it from Pascal.
Although Volta GPU will stick with the 16nm FinFET, Fudzilla claims that the Perf/Watt will “increase tremendously.” That means we are looking at an enthusiast level card that could finally beat the just revealed Pascal-powered Nvidia Titan X offering first fully 4K 60 FPS performance on the market. Sounds impressive isn’t it?