Nvidia Volta, The Next Nvidia Architecture Could Be A Beast with GV104, GV102 and GV110 GPUs
The Nvidia GTX 10 series GPUs which include the GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and 1060 are all based on the Pascal architecture. This also includes the recently released Nvidia Titan X. These cards are built on the 16nm process, unlike previous generation processors that have been on the 28nm process. It seems that Nvidia Volta will be the next architecture that we will see in the future and it will be a beast. It will go a step ahead of Pascal.
Pascal has some major improvements over previous generations GPUs. Pascal based GPUs are more power efficient and pack a punch. Other than that, these GPUs are relatively cheaper if compared to previous generation GPUs. The GTX 1080 beats the GTX Titan X and costs nowhere close. We still have the GTX 1060 3GB and GTX 1050 coming out soon which are Pascal based card, but besides that I think Nvidia Volta will be the next big thing.
Nvidia Volta to Feature High-Performance GV102, GV104 and GV110 GPUs
According to the company, Nvidia Volta will bring some improvements over Pascal these improvements include better performance per watt. The Nvidia Volta successor GV104 will be replacing the Pascal GP104 chip. For those who do not know, this is the same chip that powers the GTX 1080 and 1070.
Leaks indicate that the power enhancement is due to the change of the SM structure. It should be noted that Nvidia made significant changes in the SM of the Maxwell architecture. Here is what the company had to say about that:
The primary contributor to Maxwell’s improved efficiency is the new Maxwell SM architecture, SMM. This new SM architecture achieves much higher power efficiency and delivers 35% more performance per CUDA Core on shader-limited workloads.
When you move on to Pascal, the SM structure seems to be identical. In order to increase performance, there will be a change in SM from Pascal to Nvidia Volta. Just like the shift to Maxwell.
When it comes to Nvidia Volta, rumors indicate that the company will be releasing three different high-end chips; GV104, GV102, and GV110. The first two will be aimed at high-end gamers with a decent price tag, while the GV110 will be the ultimate Volta GPU, also designed for the consumer market.
Right now, this is all that we know about the upcoming architecture by Nvidia. These are all rumors and speculations for now.