Some new Nvidia Volta GPU support has appeared in the latest HWInfo changelog, detailing both GV102 and GV104 graphics silicon. The diagnostic software has been updated to detect the new Nvidia GPUs, but it’s interesting that they’ve been giving Volta designations as opposed to the Turing naming scheme many people had been touting.
There are no extra details being offered by the changelog, but given that the two new GPUs are following the same naming scheme Nvidia has been using with the Pascal generation there are some things we can glean from the names alone. First there are new cards on the way pretty soon, and second that they’re both high-end options.
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HWInfo previously added support for new Volta-based graphics cards back in November 2017, just a month before the launch of the Titan V. With GV102 and GV104 GPUs being detailed now it’s not much of a stretch to believe there might be a similar month’s gap between now and the final launch.
In Nvidia passim the 102 and 104 GPU designations have been used to describe a slightly cut-down version of the full-fat graphics core – exemplified by the GP102 used in the Titan Xp and GTX 1080 Ti – and the first consumer-focused cards in a generation. The GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 were both launched with the GP104 GPUs as the vanguard of the Pascal generation of GeForce graphics cards.
It’s unlikely that Nvidia are going to be dropping a fresh Titan or GTX 1180 Ti straight away, however. The GV102, mentioned in the HWInfo changelog, is more likely to be going into one of the updated GDDR6-powered professional cards that will inevitably follow the super high-end, HMB2-toting Tesla and Quadro GPUs.
Nvidia launched the Quadro P6000 with a GP102 in October 2016, while the GTX 1080 Ti didn’t follow until March of the following year. It had already released that generation’s Titan X by that point, but as the standard consumer cards – the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 – had already launched a few months early that wasn’t exactly unprecedented.
It’s interesting that we’re getting Volta-based GPUs for the new cards when most people had already jumped on the Turing bandwagon. It had always seemed strange, when the vague Turing rumours first surfaced, that Nvidia would announce and launch a whole new GPU architecture with a consumer card.
It’s possible Turing will be some sort of sub-class of the Volta architecture designed for the consumer cards, but it’s looking more likely that it’s either a future architecture or simply nothing at all.
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